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Dear World at Loyola invites campus to send message to the world

Loyola press release - March 12, 2012

Hailed by James Carville as an “unconventional” founder of a new form of expression, Robert X. Fogarty’s community art project, Dear World, will be visiting the Loyola University New Orleans campus on Tuesday, March 20 and Wednesday, March 21. Fogarty and the Dear World at Loyola project will be located in the One Loyola Room, located on the main level of the Danna Student Center, just outside the University Bookstore. All students, faculty and staff are invited to participate.

Dear World, which Fogarty created last year as Dear New Orleans, has expanded from a rallying cry for the city that has seen its share of ups and downs, to an international collection that knows no race, religion or language. Fogarty travels around the world and photographs people of all walks of life, including celebrities, politicians and athletes, with messages written on their body in black magic marker, which he then posts on http://dearworld.me/ as a short message to friends, family and strangers. Messages include “Cancer Free,” “Think Spiritual Change” and “Appreciate Differences, Fight Ignorance.” Fogarty’s work is seen online two million times per month.

The campus community will now have a chance to send their message to Loyola, New Orleans, and the world by participating in Dear World at Loyola. Individuals, groups and organizations are invited to participate in Dear World at Loyola and can visit the One Loyola Room anytime between 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., and 2 – 5 p.m., March 20 and 21. Photos taken during Dear World at Loyola will be presented on Thursday, March 22 in a Dear World Live presentation in Nunemaker Auditorium at 7 p.m. Registration for Dear World Live is available at http://dearworldloyno.eventbrite.com/%0A.

Since launching Dear World last year, Fogarty has photographed the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Susan Sarandon and New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees. He's also photographed a woman who survived the Japanese earthquake and families from Joplin, Mo., where devastating tornadoes touched down in 2011.

Fogarty has visited other colleges for his project, including Stanford University, Harvard and fellow Jesuit university Georgetown, and is a favorite environment of his to take portraits.

“What I think is awesome about doing this at universities is when you are in school, you are in the moment of having an opportunity to see what you want to be and do with your life and map things out,” Fogarty said. “We all have moments of reflection and it’s an important time for all of our lives. Everyone has stories to tell, and I’m really fortunate to have this medium to pursue that. It’s exciting to have a student come up and say, among his peers, ‘This is what matters to me.’ Sometimes the quotes take on a whole new concept when they talk about it.”

Photos will be available for viewing online throughout the centennial year at http://www.facebook.com/events/285106638225727/.

For more information, contact the Office of Public Affairs at publaff@loyno.edu or 504-865-5888.

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