This post first appeared on www.lifeinmyshoes.org. On the day that the Life in my Shoes exhibition launches on the South Bank, Emily,the LIMS campaign manager blogs…
“When we first started Life in my Shoes a few years ago, I don’t think I ever imagined that it would take us on such an incredible and varied journey… from classrooms across the country to international conferences, from festivals, corporate boardrooms and now to the Thames riverbank.
But that’s what Life in my Shoes is all about – finding different mediums to get people thinking and talking about HIV differently and to bring these issues to places and environments where they’re not usually seen or heard.
We always knew that we needed to do more than bombard people with statistics and facts. Instead, we find ways to engage and connect the public with the incredibly strong and inspiring individuals behind these figures.
Whether it’s through film, photography, art, spoken work or music, it’s vital that you’re given the opportunity to hear these voices and that these stories are being shared. In doing so, we’re bringing greater understanding and empathy to one another.
It’s been a privilege to work with some of the best creative minds to help us make LIMS happen, bringing these stories to life and creating a platform from which to generate the discussion and awareness these young people deserve.
Already we’ve seen the incredible impact our approach is having. We’ve reached thousands of young people and their teachers, and views and attitudes are shifting. Questions are being asked, opinions re-thought and behaviour is changing.
Sometimes, it’s easy to think and feel that the small things we do or say don’t really have an impact or will change much, but I can tell you that they do. Seeing thousands of people audition online for an HIV-related film, or share a blog post, or simply acknowledge that they may have been mistaken. It all makes a difference.
I want to thank the many talented organisations and individuals who each chose to do something to be a part of Life in my Shoes. Your acts of kindness have enabled us to achieve and aspire to change more in the future.
We also want to thank schuh for their generous support in making the exhibition possible.
Finally and most importantly, we’d like to thank the brave and courageous young people who’ve shared their stories and come together to make the exhibition happen. Every day they continue to make Life in my Shoes what it is and lead us to the future, where I know there will be more exciting, life-changing projects.”