Frank Warren is a keeper of
secrets in the sense that he curates thousands of unspoken secrets sent to him on
postcards by posting them online and in books, not by keeping them to himself. In
2005, Warren began PostSecret, a project where anyone can anonymously mail him
a postcard with a secret written on it. Warren will bring the interactive “PostSecret
Live” to Midwestern State University’s first 2018 Artist-Lecture Series event
at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, in Akin Auditorium.
Warren started the PostSecret
blog in February 2005, after passing out post cards he printed and handed out
to people outside public transportation stops in Washington, D.C. He invited
people to be part of an art project and on the post cards, share a “regret,
fear, betrayal, desire, confession or childhood humiliation. Reveal anything –
as long as it is true and you have never shared it with anyone before.”
What started as a community
mail art project has since evolved into a worldwide phenomenon. Several New York Times best-selling books,
national art exhibits, an album, and theatrical production later, Warren’s
PostSecret website has become the most visited ad-free blog in the world,
honored with multiple Webby Awards for “Best Blog on the Internet.”
In the interactive multimedia
event, “PostSecret Live,” he engages audiences with the inspiring, funny, and
at times heartbreaking stories behind the secrets. As he delves into how the
project led to his involvement in suicide awareness, Warren demonstrates that
by sharing personal struggles, people can help each other and release burdens.
He demonstrates the power of sharing your hopes, dreams, fears and failures.
PostSecret became the catalyst
for Warren’s commitment to mental health advocacy, and earned him a Mental
Health Advocacy Lifetime Achievement Award. Through PostSecret, more than $1
million has been raised for suicide prevention.
Warren has appeared on Good Morning America, The Today Show, and other broadcast news
outlets talking about the six PostSecret books, the Smithsonian Museum
exhibition, and the emotional PostSecret events held around the world.
The Artist-Lecture Series was
established in 1964 to bring noted lectures and quality programs in the
performing arts to the MSU campus and the Wichita Falls community.
Admission is $20 to general
public; $18 for senior citizens, active-duty military, and MSU alumni; free to
MSU students, faculty, and staff with ID. Tickets are available at the Clark
Student Center Information Desk. For tickets or more information, contact the
Office of Student Affairs at 940-397-7500 or firstname.lastname@example.org.