"Dear World" is an internationally-renowned portrait and storytelling project that has been featured on NBC, USA Today, CNN and Buzzfeed.
The "Dear World" project believes that short, honest stories and the many meanings behind them can be transformative to communities. Neither a documenter or profiler of causes, "Dear World" provides a platform for voices to be heard.
In addition to the live show, "Dear World" will conduct two narrative workshops on March 15 at 10:00 AM and 2:30 PM in Popp Martin Student Union 340 GHI. The workshops will last one hour. Participants will engage in a personal story sharing experience and portrait session that will become part of the live evening show. The workshops are open to UNC Charlotte students, faculty and staff. Space is limited. Register in advance.
About "Dear World"
What started as love letters to the city of New Orleans turned to into a transcending outlook of the actual people who bring the city to life, and from that the world.
Founder of the "Dear World" project, Robert. X Fogarty, began his search of truths by first focusing on a project titled "Dear New Orleans" with the belief that stories are worth telling and can be found in anyone, anywhere.
"Dear New Orleans" kicked off in 2010 on Super Bowl Sunday. Through the lens of camera, love letters came to life through portrait photographs shot where the subjects had written love notes to the city of New Orleans on their body.
During the "Dear New Orleans" event, a man named Ralph Serpas wrote “Cancer Free,” and from there Fogarty realized how the project had evolved from "Dear New Orleans" to "Dear World."
In March 2011, "Dear World" was launched from the campus of Harvard University. Since then, the initiative has captured the stories of love and loss from events such as Boston marathon bombing survivors to the people of the South Sudan.
The event is free and open to the community. It is sponsored by Campus Activities Board, Housing and Residence Life, the Multicultural Resource Center and the Dean of Students.