Why explore the arts and infertility?
Research by Alice Domar, Ph.D., director of the Mind/Body Center for Women’s Health at the Mind/Body Medical Institute and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, has found the psychological stress from infertility to be equal of that for patients with cancer and AIDS.
Expressing this stress through artwork can help make this invisible grief tangible and sharing your art with others can be an easier way to talk about your infertility.
How can you get involved?
Spread the word
Tell your friends and family about the exhibit. Share information on social media and invite your followers to The ART of Infertility events. Tag us in your posts. We have a Facebook, Twitter and Instagram account. Ask those who have experienced infertility if they would like to participate by sharing their stories through an interview or artwork.
Share your story
We are interested in hearing from as many people as possible. Whether you are newly diagnosed, in treatment, in the process of adopting, seeking a gestational surrogate, are parenting after infertility, are living childfree after infertility or are trying to decide what to make of all of this, we want to hear your story. We display the stories and photographs of individuals and families in various stages of the journey throughout the exhibit. We understand if you’d prefer to remain anonymous and have means set up to ensure your anonymity.
We want to share ways that those with Infertility have used to express themselves creatively throughout their journeys. You don’t have to be a professional artist to participate. Whether it’s a sculpture or painting, a scarf you knitted to pass the time while waiting at the Reproductive Endocrinologists’ office, a necklace you made to remember a baby lost or a poem or prayer you jotted down in your journal, we’d love to include it in the exhibit.