Austin's "Hi, How Are You Day?"
A worldwide holiday of caring and open conversation around mental health issues
We engaged Mayor Steve Adler with our vision of making a difference in the Austin community and around the world regarding mental health issues. He was so inspired that he proclaimed January 22, 2018 (Daniel Johnston's birthday) "Hi How Are You Day" in Austin, TX. We invited friends, family, co-workers and loved ones all over the world to simply check in on one another by asking "Hi, how are you?" --- something that is said a lot, but this time, we wanted people to really ask the question. "How are you really doing today? Are you okay?" Just by listening, being curious, standing in compassion and empathy, anyone can be the catalyst in changing a person's life.
The Day was recognized by media around the world including Spin Magazine, NPR, Vice and all local Austin media.
Hi How Are You Event
A Celebration of Music, Art and Mental Wellness
Hi How Are You Foundation in partnership with SIMS Foundation, City of Austin Music & Entertainment Division, and Mohawk, presented a night of music and art celebrating mental wellness on Monday, January 22 at Mohawk, located at 912 Red River St., Austin, Texas, 78701. The line-up included Moving Panoramas (featuring Laurie Gallardo), Kathy McCarty, Cowboy Diplomacy, Jane Ellen Bryant, Will Courtney, Josh T. Pearson & Jonathan Terrell with Leslie Sisson, and special guests. The musicians performed select songs written by Daniel Johnston, as well as their own music. The event started at 6:30 p.m. with a VIP art sale and cocktail hour with bites by Frank, and featured works by artists Daniel Johnston, David Thornberry, Jason Archer, Miguel Rangel, Michael Sieben and Matthew Rodriguez.
Hi How Are You Foundation donated half of the events' proceeds to SIMS Foundation. SIMS Foundationprovides mental health and addiction recovery services to Austin musicians, music industry professionals, and their family members.