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Mental illness is an issue the majority of high school students have never experienced or witnessed for themselves, but on Feb. 11, students at South High School in Minneapolis met a local woman who has lived with manic depressive disorder and anxiety most of her life.
Edina resident Polly Norman shared her personal experience with the students, and amazed them by explaining how her mental illness has actually stimulated her to explore and navigate to a successful art career and the discovery of her own artistic process. Norman shares the journey she has traveled through her new book, “Dances Through Glass,” which is a 25-year retrospective of her work.
Norman started her art career spending a decade photographing dancers at Ballet Arts Minnesota. This led to the creation of her signature work: dancey abstract works using architectural glass block.
Norman shared how moving back and forth from a manic state into depression and everything in between actually helped her come up with ideas that flowered into a unique artistic process of her own invention. So she says, “There is a positive that comes out of all of this.”
During her visit, Norman also touched on the fear and taboo surrounding psychiatric medications, which she feels are absolutely necessary for some people with mental illnesses, and she encouraged students to seek help if they are having problems. "Many times you just can’t do it yourself,” she said. Norman went on to encourage kids to take advantage of their school counselors and the resources at their hands.
The talk was held in conjunction with the school's Silver Ribbon Campaign, a new program in which speakers come to the school to talk about their mental illnesses. The program is designed to enlighten and help remove the stigma surrounding mental illness. To learn more about Polly Norman's art, visit www.pollynormanart.com.
Wynne Dalley, author, "Be Cool & Confident: A Guide for Girls" and "Be Cool & Confident: A Guide for Guys," is quoted in the article, Mass transit riders breaking laws of motion, that appears in the Feb. 16 issue of the San Francisco Chronicle.
RMA Publicity secured the placement. Congratulations Wynne!
Because of all the competition from national and international news stories, securing coverage about your book in such major publications as the Wall Street Journal and New York Times can be difficult. However, RMA Publicity found another way into one of the big papers for Barbara R. Hauser, author, Saudi Girl Barbara.
She let us know about a story in the paper she did not agree with regarding Saudi Arabia. We encouraged her to write a letter to the editor, submitted it on her behalf, and today that letter got published in the paper. Here is a link to the letter Barbara wrote.
Nicely done Barbara! Congratulations on the great exposure for your book.