Student Andrew Briceno poses. Dear World is an award-winning, interactive social campaign that invites people to share a meaningful message – often written somewhere on the person's body. Photo by: Jeff Miller
Volunteer Barb Kautz, a student services coordinator with the Center for Leadership and Involvement, helps write student Jeff Ma's message on his neck during the Dear World portrait event. Photo by: Jeff Miller
A volunteer helps to write a subject's message on her body. Photo by: Jeff Miller
Student Lydia Berggruen poses for a photograph. Photo by: Jeff Miller
Student Cayley Griffin poses for a photograph by executive producer Jonah Evans. Photo by: Jeff Miller
At right, executive producer Jonah Evans provides a little direction to student Princess Francisco Velazquez. Velazquez's Spanish message, "hispano y orgulloso," translated to mean Hispanic and proud. Photo by: Jeff Miller
At left, executive director Jonah Evans shares a photograph that he just made of student Rena Newman. Photo by: Jeff Miller
One of five portraits subjects selected to share their story from a Dear World photo session earlier in the day, UW–Madison student L. Malik Anderson talks about living fully as a black and queer man during a summary presentation at the Wisconsin Union Theater's Shannon Hall. Photo by: Jeff Miller
Numerous UW–Madison students shared the messages that are important to them through a unique means at “Dear World” on Sept. 20 at Gordon Dining and Event Center.
They painted the messages on their bodies and then posed for portraits at the event, which was attended by more than 300 students, staff and faculty. See the photos here.
Dear World is an interactive, award-winning campaign started in 2009 that asks individuals to share one meaningful message with an audience through portraits and videos. Their team has shed light on the thousands of stories, from refugees, to corporations, to college students, all through their iconic style of writing the message on a person’s body.
This event serves as “a powerful way to mark a new chapter in students’ lives. (Dear World helps) incoming students connect to one another and kick-start the year by celebrating and welcoming conversations around diversity, vulnerability, and acceptance and use storytelling as a transformative vehicle to unite the campus community,” according to Dear World.
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