Into Light Project

2023 NACo Achievement Award Winner

San Bernardino County, Calif., CA

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About the Program

Category: Arts, Culture and Historic Preservation (Best in Category)

Year: 2023

The Into Light Project is a national non-profit organization aiming to reduce the stigma of addiction by humanizing the lives of those lost to unintentional overdose deaths. The Into Light Project creates public exhibitions of original portraits and individual stories of people who died from the disease of drug addiction in locations around the country. This exhibition travels across the country looking for local stories to share with the local community to connect with people from different cultures and backgrounds. Into Light Project aims to provide communities with an opportunity to talk about the issue of stigma, which is the primary obstacle to getting support and treatment for those suffering from a substance use disorder. The Into Light Exhibit currently at the California State University San Bernardino brings a remembrance to those lost from the local community, as well as others from across the State of California. The Into Light Project puts a human face on the disease of addiction through hand-drawn portraits and written narratives. It educates the public about drug addiction as a disease and highlights the shared humanity of all people to help reduce the judgment of those with substance use disorders.

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