Frank Warren’s PostSecret Community Art Project
PostSecret is ongoing community mail art project, created by Frank Warren in 2005. He gave people pre-addressed postcards to write a secret on and mail to him. The only instructions were to “be brief, be legible, and be creative.” To date, he has received over 500,000 postcards from people around the world. With these works, he has published multiple books, contributed to museum exhibits, and continues to post a select few every Sunday at his website, postsecret.com. Warren has been called “America’s most trusted stranger” and he has used this endeavor to promote and support mental health awareness and suicide prevention. Francis Marion University in Florence brings Warren to campus to further those same goals in their community, February 13th at the Performing Arts Center. Participants at the event will be able to create their own secrets, and Frank’s presentation will highlight the secrets he’s collected, plus the secrets collected around the university, and he will use these artworks in an effort to help bring the community together and highlight the mental health resources available to the campus and the wider Pee Dee community.