Can art and music help raise awareness about eating disorders? That is the hope of Samara Johnson, 23, the producer of “Stereotype,” a fundraiser to both raise awareness and dispel the stigma attached to eating disorders. The event will feature original art and music by Detroit jazz legend Marcus Belgrave and will be held on Thursday, June 14, 2012, from 6:30 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. at the historic Detroit Opera House.
Proceeds will benefit the Michigan-based Inner Door Foundation and will used to provide education for those struggling with eating disorders and fund a free clinic for those in need of treatment who are denied insurance benefits.
“The Stereotype Event will call into question the subconscious stereotyping that takes place in our society and break the stigmas that deter those from seeking help. Hopefully, by learning the stories of those who struggle with eating disorders, others may feel comfortable addressing their own issues of food and body image and discuss them freely.” said Johnson, Development Director of the Inner Door Foundation. “Detroit has such a thriving art scene – we want to showcase the talent the city has to offer while creating awareness of eating disorders.”
Marcus Belgrave will perform with his quintet plus Joan Belgrave on vocals. “I’m honored to have such talented people in my life,” said Johnson.
General art submissions are now being accepted and artists are encouraged to submit an electronic version or description of their work at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tickets for Stereotype are $125 per person. Guests must be 18 and older to attend the event. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.stereotype-event.com.
Headquartered in Royal Oak, the Inner Door Foundation was created to raise public awareness of eating disorders, promote education and support advocacy along with legal efforts so that those who are afflicted may access their insurance benefits. Visit www.innerdoorfoundation.org.