It’s Not Always Sunny


A community art, citizen science, education, and peer-to-peer support campaign for the rainiest of days 


PHILADELPHIA’S PARKING LOT DAY 2018


It’s Not Always Sunny (INAS) exists to question why happiness is considered an ‘ideal’ state of being? INAS works to listen for and honor the ways Philadelphians handle themselves on rainy days, when strategies of creative resilience show up in the lives of those facing the worst precarity in our city. Ultimately, it asks how can we dismantle the oppressive ‘duty’ to be happy?
People who stray from the path of happiness are at risk of having their experiences deemed unhealthy and alien. We all know someone who has been devalued, stripped of agency, financially exploited, labeled, neglected, made to feel invisible, and/or denied equitable access to social institutions because their emotions or behaviors did not conform to what was expected of them.





INAS BELEIEFS

︎ No one emotional or behavioral reality is the right one.
︎ All people should be able to get care for themselves.
︎ Care should not begin in crisis but in community through practices as everyday and adaptive as the weather.




Rooted in local stories about experiences of stigma, INAS is a rebellion through which stigma is fought and broken down. Through citizen science, community art, education activism, and peer-to-peer care relationships, INAS aims to influence social norms, political culture, and care institutions.


We invite collaborators interested in producing stickers, zines, music, events, posters, public art, archives, and digital technologies that engage the public, policymakers, and health workers with these narratives. Email us at info@creativeresco.org to propose an idea.






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OUR MISSION

Creative Resilience Collective is a health justice organization based in Philadelphia. We partner with underserved communities and advocates looking to combat stigma and improve access to self-determined mental health care.

We believe our collective agency can create positive change in care systems, leading to more equitable futures. We do this through educational workshops, study groups, critical writing, public art, youth programs, and the building of local tools and resources to shape the evolution of dignified care.
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