Dear World and its Message-on-Skin Storytelling to Visit CSU, Chico’s Campus

Date: 04-13-2017

Sean Murphy
Public Affairs

The photography-based storytelling vehicle, Dear World, will visit the California State University, Chico campus on April 17–18.

Dear World is a campaign that facilitates a way for people to safely express themselves by writing their story, or message, somewhere on their bodies. The individual and their messages will then be photographed and added to a gallery of similar photos, helping to create a powerful means of communication.

“With the world climate right now and what happened with the election, there’s a lot of insecurity on campus,” said Melanie O’Connor, University Staff Council's office manager. “This is a positive thing to do,” she said.

CSU, Chico is one stop on Dear World’s College Tour. More than a dozen University departments support Dear World’s visit, O’Connor added.

What started in 2009 as a “love note” campaign from New Orleans residents to their city has since morphed into a potent way for people around the world to tell their unique stories. Past Dear World campaigns have captured striking images of war-torn South Sudan, as well as Syrian refugees and survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing.

So far, Dear World has captured more than 60,000 photographs from all over the world.

On April 17, CSU, Chico leaders are invited to tell their stories from 4–6 p.m. in the Bell Memorial Union (BMU) Auditorium.

An open photo shoot for students will take place on April 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Trinity Commons. In case of rain, this event will be moved to the BMU Auditorium.

The Dear World visit culminates with a storytelling and photo display event on April 18 at 7 p.m. in BMU Auditorium.

All of the events are open to the media.

Annette Heileson, Staff Council chair, said having Dear World document these stories is yet another way to “find commonalities between people and open up conversations.”

She added, “This is a wonderful opportunity for people to tell their stories, and find that we are more similar than we are different. I think that’s what’s important.”

For more information, please visit the Dear World website or call O’Connor at 530-898-5905.