THE STOMPERS PROJECT®
The Stompers Project uses art, music, stories and other forms of creative expression to educate the community about mental health and helps stomp out the stigma that surrounds mental illness.
About the Stompers Project®
The Jana Marie Foundation works with local artists, schools and organizations to create life sized sculptures of people formed out of old sneakers. The sculptures are called “Stompers” to acknowledge their symbolic role in helping to stomp out stigma.
The Stompers Project® by Jana Marie Foundation gives community members a voice through sharing of stories, stomps out the stigma that surrounds mental health, sparks important conversations in the community, creates opportunities for prosocial involvement and provides crucial resources to individuals in need.
We believe the Stompers Project® is a major catalyst in the effort to eliminate the stigma around mental illness and prevent suicide not only here in Centre County, but well beyond. To date, 17 Stompers have been created.
“As artists we have a role in society as communicators. It should be our goal to use those skills to communicate the wonderful possibilities that exist when we break down the societal barriers which hold us all back because we stigmatize those afflicted with mental illness – ‘brain dis-ease.’ The Stompers Project [by Jana Marie Foundation] sends a beautiful message and I am thrilled to see the creative community of Happy Valley working together to open up and remove the isolation that creates the stigma and discrimination we must eliminate. I applaud the efforts of everyone involved in this fantastic project!”