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ACTING OUT! is the brainchild of Derek Hess and his agent Martin Geramita. Created to work aggressively to help remove the stigma around mental illness—a matter that’s especially important to Hess, whose struggles with bipolar disorder and substance abuse are not only well known, they’re integral subjects to his emotionally charged artwork. With the success of 2016 ACTING OUT!,
plans are in the works to make 2017 even better.

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ACTING OUT Cleveland

The mission of ACTING OUT! is to break down stigmas and create awareness of mental illness, dual diagnosis and addiction through a three day series of public art events, including film, visual art, music, comedy and panel discussion.

Mental illness, addiction and creative brilliance often go hand and hand. Artists, like Derek Hess, are in a unique position when it comes to starting dialogues about intimate, yet universal, struggles without as much fear of judgement.

Sponsorship Packages Available.