ONU welcomed Frank Warren to the Freed Center for the Performing Arts on Wednesday, March 30, to present “PostSecret Live,” an interactive multimedia event based on his popular PostSecret project.
In 2004, Warren introduced the world to a collection of highly personal and artfully decorated postcards mailed anonymously from around the world, exposing the soulful secrets we never voice. What started as a community mail art project quickly exploded in popularity; since PostSecret’s inception, Warren has received more than 1 million anonymous secrets on homemade postcards.
Warren’s project has raised more than $1 million for suicide prevention and earned him the Mental Health Advocacy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011 and an invitation to the White House to share his thoughts on mental wellness in 2013. PostSecret’s website is the most visited advertisement-free blog in the world and has won three Webby Awards for “Best Blog on the Internet.” With more than 2.5 million views, his TED Talk is one of the most watched in the popular series.
All six published PostSecret books have been featured on The New York Times Best Sellers list, with “PostSecret Confessions on Life, Death, and God” reaching No. 1. PostSecret postcards have been exhibited at the renowned Museum of Modern Art in New York City and the Visionary Art Museum in Maryland, and there are an album and a play based on the project.
In Warren’s interactive multimedia event, “PostSecret Live,” he engages audiences with inspiring and funny stories behind the secrets, discusses the blog and how it led him to make suicide awareness part of his life’s work, and demonstrates that, through our secret struggles and adversity, we can help others.