Cleveland’s Acting Out! Arts Fest Uses Creativity to Spread Awareness

I think it’s safe to say that any event that features Andrew W.K. is an event you want to attend.


                                 This image officially nullifies all arguments to the contrary.

The dynamic musician has been selected to close out Cleveland’s Acting Out! Arts Fest on September 16th, at the close of four days of screenings, music, discussion panels, and comedy.


This is the second iteration of Acting Out!, which was started last year by Cleveland artist Derek Hess. Hess began the festival as a way to gather artists and professionals for the common purpose of building mental health awareness. Kicking off on September 13th, Acting Out! will feature screenings of films like MIND/GAME, talks by such professionals as author and Buddhist teacher Noah Levine, and performances of bands including Happy Dog, who will cover the songs of artists who have been touched by mental illness or addiction. The Acting Out! crew will also participate in the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) annual walk on Saturday morning.

“We’re honored to have so many incredible artists, mental health and addiction professionals involved in Acting Out! Fest,” Hess tells “We wanted to create a fest that was approachable to the average person dealing with these issues or supporting friends and family members with mental illness or addiction.”

Acting Out! is made possible by the generous sponsorship of numerous local and national sponsors, all of whom are dedicated to helping Hess in his mission to destroy mental illness stigma and keep people talking about mental health.

You can learn more about Acting Out! here, as well as get a good look at the official lineup for the festival.

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