before i die imageOn Friday, March 25, 5-9 p.m., the Stutz Artists Association will open its newest exhibit: “Can We Talk? Memories, Miracles, and the Power of Things Unsaid.” The art exhibit is the opening event for the Before I Die Festival – a part of a growing social movement to reflect on how we manage death and dying, by providing space and opportunities to talk and discuss end-of-life issues as individuals and as a society. The Stutz Artists Association is joining the conversation through artists’ interpretation of death and dying by hosting an art exhibit, poetry, a death café and more. All events are free and will be held at the Raymond James Stutz Art Gallery in the Stutz Business and Arts Center, 212 W. 10th St., B110. For more information contact Leigh Dunnington-Jones, gallery director, stutzartgallery@gmail.com, (317) 292-3200.

can we talk 3Friday, March 25, 5-9 p.m.: Opening reception of “Can We Talk? Memories, Miracles, and the Power of Things Unsaid.” In this exhibit, artists have produced art about living in the NOW–focusing on the realization that anyone can be gone in a split second. Artwork includes healing art for those of us who may live with the regret of ‘things unsaid’ and for works that help create opportunities for those of us who still have a chance at honest conversation. The Joan Rivers trademark question, ‘Can we Talk?’ gives us the levity to begin serious talk about important communication on tough subjects. Poets from the Indiana Writers Center will participate on the half hour, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

First Friday, April 1, 5-9 p.m.: Special reception. Meet some of the artists participating in “Can We Talk?” exhibit, view the creative and powerful artwork and learn more about the Before I Die Festival. Poets from the Indiana Writers Center will read poetry and facilitate discussions, from 6-8p.m..

Tuesday, April 5, 11 a.m.: Creative Writing Workshop: The Stutz Artists Association and the Indiana Writers Center are hosting a creative writing workshop for writers of all levels. Whether a beginner or an experienced scribe, this workshop gives participants a unique opportunity to hone their skills and put words to paper. The workshop is limited to 12 participants. RSVP to rachel@indianawriters.org

Friday April 15, 5:30-7:30 p.m.: Death Café: Death Cafes are group directed discussions of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. The Stutz Artists Association is joining the International Movement and the Before I Die Festival by hosting its own Death Cafe. The Death Cafes are discussion groups rather than a grief support or counseling session. Eat. Drink. Chat about death. No views are pushed, all points of view encouraged. RSVP to lwocial@IUHealth.org.

These events are a part of the Before I Die Festival, presented by the IU School of Nursing and powered by Spirit & Place. The Before I Die Festival is a series of community-created events for the living about the dying, taking place April 15-17.

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