Book Release: Social Activist Performance Artist to do AFSP Out of the Darkness Walk NYC

On June 4th in NYC after the release of his 4th book  Peace Out Poems about My Abnormalities Normality social activist performance artist ~Keith Alan Hamilton~ will do his 2nd AFSP Out of the Darkness Walk in 2 weeks. As he did recently with his friend Madeline Sharples in San Francisco, Keith will again do this walk as a part of Team S.O.L.E.S. Keith’s walking partner for NYC, Regina Walker isn’t able to do the walk as she had planned. Both Regina and Madeline added their own contributions to Keith’s book published by Inner Child Press. Buy now http://www.innerchildpress.com/keith-alan-hamilton.php

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Keith summaries the book as follows…….  The ups and downs of a super charged mind – depression and notions of life’s end, socially embedded predispositions and inhibitions brought back to light out of the darkness.  To create dialogue and nurture a cooperative, PRO-HUMAN spirit that emerges a healing for the continuance of a more PROACTIVE life.  Artistically expressed through Images with Words by social activist, mystic, performance artist  ~Keith Alan Hamilton~  Dedicated to Madeline Sharples, her son Paul, Regina Walker, her sister Dolores, Team S.O.L.E.S – those they remember, and the AFSP Out of the Darkness Walks.

Keith needs to raise a $1,000.00 for this 16 mile walk. If you donate to the June 4th NYC Out of the Darkness Overnight walk, Keith will send you a signed copy of his book for free.  Regina and Madeline will sign the book as well. A portion of the proceeds for each book sold will be donated to the AFSP.

Donate for the NYC walk here……  http://theovernight.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.participant&participantID=17468 a part of Team S.O.L.E.S. (Captain Deborah Rose).

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As a social activist performance artist, Keith will be creating and walking as a body metaphor by wearing a blue AFSP shirt, and underneath dark clothes with a hood. This will symbolize the transitional process – to bring back to light out of the darkness, to air out, and confront through the healing process of dialogue, those inhibitions and predispositions that cast a dark shadow over those who struggle with mental conditions (depression, Bi-polar), thoughts of suicide or suffer from the loss of someone to suicide.

Come out and cheer them on…..

Below two poems from the book Peace Out Poems about My Abnormalities Normality.

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brought to light

thoughts of suicide
hidden in the shadows   ~   running
around and around
in a darkened mind
that’s socially conditioned
to think it is possessed
by a demon
resistent to exorcism  ….
with a fear of discovery
of what others may think
how others may react
thoughts of repercussion like    ~
loss of job
being committed
to an insane asylum
reputation
will be tarnished
with the lingering stench
of the label
mentally ill
branded across the forehead
put
in a straight jacket
get electroshock therapy
be held
captive in a drug induced
coma
and hear
whispers in the night
of words like    ~
bi-polar
severely depressed
lost soul

if only
if only
thoughts of suicide
held secretly in a mind
could be brought to light
out of the darkness
be heard
without judgement
or fear of repercussion
and then helped to turn
such thoughts
into a life worth living
a mind
filled to the brim
with thoughts  …..
…..    overflowing with love
hope and joy
forevermore

peace out

Image & Words by    ~Keith Alan Hamilton~

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I’m a survivor

I’m a survivor
who travels
from darkness to light
or from the light
to darkness
fully experiencing
all the shades of gray
between the two
at times
this journey
called life
can be lonely
and sad
even though
others are around
ridden with doubt
fear and conflict
shadowed
with the possibility of
life’s end
however
such moments
of affliction
offer up
those opportunities
for courage
and a chance for
a renewal
of self worth and purpose
a coming out of
the darkness
that gleefully brings
the spirit of
joy and hope
back for a while
as bright as
the sun
not to be eclipsed
by the moon

I’m a survivor

peace out

Image & Words by   ~Keith Alan Hamilton~

After Book Release, Social Activist Performance Artist to do 2 AFSP Out of the Darkness Walks

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Below two poems from the to be released book in May 2016 by  ~Keith Alan Hamilton~ published by Inner Child Press  – Peace Out Poems about My Abnormalities Normality.  The ups and downs of a super charged mind – depression and notions of life’s end, socially embedded predispositions and inhibitions brought back to light out of the darkness.  To create dialogue and nurture a cooperative, PRO-HUMAN spirit that emerges a healing for the continuance of a more PROACTIVE life. Artistically expressed through Images with Words by social activist, mystic, performance artist ~Keith Alan Hamilton~ Dedicated to Madeline Sharples, her son Paul, Regina Walker, her sister Dolores, Team S.O.L.E.S – those they remember, and the AFSP Out of the Darkness Walks.

If you donate to one of these 2 Out of the Darkness Overnight walks Keith will send you a signed copy of his book. He needs to raise a $1,000.00 for each 16 mile walk.

Keith will do these two walks as a part of Team S.O.L.E.S.  He’ll do one walk with Madeline Sharples and the other with Regina Walker. Two of his dearest friends on planet earth.  Both Madeline and Regina have their own stories to tell and understand how important it is to Keith to raise awareness to this great cause through the walks and his book.

As a social activist performance artist, Keith will be creating and walking as a body metaphor by wearing all dark clothes and a hood to symbolize the transitional process – to bring back to light out of the darkness, to air out, and confront through the healing process of dialogue, those inhibitions and predispositions that cast a dark shadow over those who struggle with depression and thoughts of suicide.

Come out and cheer them on…..

San Francisco Walk with Madeline Tasky Sharples
http://theovernight.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.participant&participantID=17166 a part of Team S.O.L.E.S. (Captain Deborah Rose).

New York Walk with Regina A Walker
http://theovernight.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.participant&participantID=17468 a part of Team S.O.L.E.S. (Captain Debi Hoyles-Girardi).

Peace Out Poems with Images about My Abnormalities Normality

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brought to light

thoughts of suicide
hidden in the shadows   ~   running
around and around
in a darkened mind
that’s socially conditioned
to think it is possessed
by a demon
resistent to exorcism  ….
with a fear of discovery
of what others may think
how others may react
thoughts of repercussion like    ~
loss of job
being committed
to an insane asylum
reputation
will be tarnished
with the lingering stench
of the label
mentally ill
branded across the forehead
put
in a straight jacket
get electroshock therapy
be held
captive in a drug induced
coma
and hear
whispers in the night
of words like    ~
bi-polar
severely depressed
lost soul

if only
if only
thoughts of suicide
held secretly in a mind
could be brought to light
out of the darkness
be heard
without judgement
or fear of repercussion
and then helped to turn
such thoughts
into a life worth living
a mind
filled to the brim
with thoughts  …..
…..    overflowing with love
hope and joy
forevermore

peace out

Image & Words by    ~Keith Alan Hamilton~

2016-01-23 22.25.54-1

I’m a survivor

I’m a survivor
who travels
from darkness to light
or from the light
to darkness
fully experiencing
all the shades of gray
between the two
at times
this journey
called life
can be lonely
and sad
even though
others are around
ridden with doubt
fear and conflict
shadowed
with the possibility of
life’s end
however
such moments
of affliction
offer up
those opportunities
for courage
and a chance for
a renewal
of self worth and purpose
a coming out of
the darkness
that gleefully brings
the spirit of
joy and hope
back for a while
as bright as
the sun
not to be eclipsed
by the moon

I’m a survivor

peace out

Image & Words by   ~Keith Alan Hamilton~

Social Activist Performance Artist will again Shuffle-Jog a Virginia Marathon for THE HUMAN RACE

Social activist performance artist  ~Keith Alan Hamilton~,   the author of the book series Nature ~ IQ: Let’s Survive, Not Die! and as an artist who uses art to create change will again shuffle-jog a Virginia Marathon for THE HUMAN RACE while creating a body metaphor.

Keith will do this on March 20, 2016 at the Yuengling Shamrock Marathon along the Virginia Beach Oceanfront.   Keith in November 2015 ran his first marathon in Richmond, VA as a performance artist after losing nearly 100 pounds.

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As with the previous marathon in Richmond, Keith will again meet the challenge in Virginia Beach by doing what he calls the Hamilton shuffle-jog.  Keith developed this style of running to accommodate his arthritic joints and his stout physique not built to race, long distances.  To add to the way his running style is perceived at the marathon, Keith will add to the overall effect of the experience by wearing dark clothes with a hood.  As an artist, who is a social activist, Keith uses art creatively to serve that purpose.  The story behind the backdrop of Keith’s age, his struggle to lose weight and get back into shape mixed with his shuffle-jog style and dark clothes work together to provide his unique rendition of performance art.  Creatively using his body and appearance as a metaphor, intended to inspire change firstly in his fellow social activist artists, and eventually all humanity in the way they perceive, think, communicate, and cooperatively go about solving social issues between one another.

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Keith performing this kind of body metaphor during a marathon race in Richmond and Virginia Beach on March 20th will further illustrate and promote the social activist message embedded in the art of his Slavery in America Image with Words Collection ~ Virginia Edition and his soon to be released book Peace Out Poems for World Peace, Healing & THE HUMAN RACE about the topic of RACE.

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The setting of Virginia and its relevance to race, color of skin, slavery in America, and runners of all kinds participating in the one race of a marathon is the perfect stage for a social activist artist such as Keith.  His creative blending of performance art through a body metaphor at a race correlated to the images with words making up his art collection is a powerful way for an artist to deliver a social message about race.  A message with an underlying theme of humanity collectively realizing the benefit to all in decolorizing the ideal of race to one race, THE HUMAN RACE regardless of skin color, sex, gender, nationality, ethnicity, culture, and belief.  This kind of artistically creative social engagement is to metaphorically unearth the remembrance, bring back to light out of the darkness (the dark running clothes with hood) the history of slave trade in America that occurred in Virginia and America’s lingering perception about what defines race.  A unique way to shine light once again on the history of the African-American burial grounds in Portsmouth where Ida Barbour is laid to rest and on a small family cemetery in Deep Creek by the Dismal Swamp Canal.  A canal that was dug by slaves and where the memory of Moses Grandy freely breathes.  As well as resurrecting this buried history about slavery all the way to the slave trail in Richmond and the burial place that once had gallows, the place where a blacksmith named Gabriel was hung because of the color of his skin.

Art creatively used to resurrect metaphorically from the darkness, the buried inhibitions and predispositions about the color of skin and its effect on how fellow human beings are perceived.  Hopefully by bringing this all to the surface through the creative act of art, to be aired out, and confronted through the healing process of dialogue.  It will lead to the acceptance of deeds past and then motivate the spirit of change that will lead to the betterment of all THE HUMAN RACE. Therefore, developing a humanity that’s cooperatively engaged, a united RACE as one working together to run the RACE of LIFE and to ultimately win the right to survive, regardless of skin color, sex, gender, nationality, ethnicity, culture, and belief.

Keith firmly believes, “The true act of creating art is to use it to create change for the everlasting benefit of all humanity.” He hopes his fellow social activist artists will be encouraged to use art in the same way.

Learn more about  ~Keith Alan Hamilton~, his vision and mission through art at www.keithalanhamilton.com.  View the Slavery in America Image with Words Collection ~ Virginia Edition online as Keith creates it: http://www.keithalanhamilton.com/blog/?p=1655 and/or stop by the exhibit at Art Works in Richmond in the Q Gallery.

Performance Artist Shuffle-Jogged the Virginia Marathon for THE HUMAN RACE

At age 58 and after losing nearly 100 pounds,  ~Keith Alan Hamilton~, the author of the book series Nature ~ IQ: Let’s Survive, Not Die! and as an artist who uses art to create change ran his first marathon in Richmond, VA on November 14, 2015.

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Keith took on the marathon challenge by doing what he calls the Hamilton shuffle-jog.  Keith developed this style of running to accommodate his arthritic joints and his stout physique not built to race, long distances.  In addition to the way his running style was perceived at the marathon, Keith added to the overall effect of the experience by wearing black clothes with a hood.  As an artist, who is a social activist, Keith uses art creatively to serve that purpose.  The story behind the backdrop of Keith’s age, struggles with depression, losing weight and getting back into shape, his shuffle-jog style and black clothes work together to provide his unique rendition of performance art.  Creatively using his body and appearance as a metaphor, intended to inspire change firstly in his fellow artists, and eventually all humanity in the way they perceive, think, communicate, and cooperatively go about solving social issues between one another.

Keith still has the hope that recently performing this kind of body metaphor during a marathon race in Richmond will also help to further illustrate and promote the social activist message embedded in the art of his Slavery in America Image with Words Collection ~ Virginia Edition about race.  Currently, it’s being exhibited at the Urban Individualist Artist Collective Gallery #196, founded by renowned artist Helene Ruiz, at Art Works in Richmond, VA.

The setting of Richmond and its relevance to race, color of skin, slavery in America, and runners of all kinds participating in the one race of a marathon was the perfect stage for a social activist artist such as Keith.  His creative blending of performance art through a body metaphor at a race correlated to the images with words making up his art collection was a powerful way for an artist to deliver a social message about race.  A message with an underlying theme of humanity collectively realizing the benefit to all in decolorizing the ideal of race to one race, THE HUMAN RACE regardless the diversity of skin color, sex, gender, nationality, ethnicity, culture, and belief.  This kind of artistically creative social engagement through the streets of Richmond, was to metaphorically unearth the remembrance, bringing back the light out of the darkness (the black running clothes with hood) of the history of slave trade in America that occurred in Virginia and America’s lingering perception about what defines race.  From the African-American burial grounds in Portsmouth where Ida Barbour is laid to rest, to a cemetery in Deep Creek along the Dismal Swamp Canal that was dug by slaves and the memory of Moses Grandy freely breathes, to the slave trail in Richmond and the burial place that once had gallows, the place where a blacksmith named Gabriel was hung because of the color of his skin.  Art creatively used to resurrect metaphorically from the blackness, the buried inhibitions and predispositions about the color of skin and its effect on how fellow human beings are perceived.  Hopefully by bringing this all to the surface through the creative act of art, to be aired out, and confronted through the healing process of dialogue.  It will lead to the acceptance of deeds past and then motivate the spirit of change that will lead to the betterment of all THE HUMAN RACE. Therefore, developing a humanity that’s cooperatively engaged, a united RACE as one working together to run the RACE of LIFE and to ultimately win the right to survive, regardless of skin color, sex, gender, nationality, ethnicity, culture, and belief.

In the late Spring of 2016 at an exhibition at The Urban Individualist Artist Collective Gallery at Art Works in Richmond, VA along with the creations of other artists about social injustices, the whole collection will be auctioned off, with a portion of the proceeds distributed to help preserve African-American artifacts in the areas of Shockoe Bottom, Deep Creek, and the Portsmouth, VA burial grounds. May this bring remembrance, dialogue, acceptance, healing. and the cooperative progression of THE HUMAN RACE regardless of skin color, sex, gender, nationality, ethnicity, culture, and belief.

Keith firmly believes, “The true act of creating art is to use it to create change for the everlasting benefit of all humanity.” He hopes his fellow artists will be encouraged to use art in the same way.

Learn more about  ~Keith Alan Hamilton~, his vision and mission through art at www.keithalanhamilton.com.  View the Slavery in America Image with Words Collection ~ Virginia Edition here as Keith creates it: http://www.keithalanhamilton.com/blog/?p=1655

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