Born in our beloved Austin, the Hi, How Are You Project is a nonprofit that aims to inspire conversations that will ultimately remove the stigma around mental health. Influenced by artist and world-renowned musician Daniel Johnston (you’ll likely recognize his work if you’re a fellow mural lover), the founders Tom Gimbel and Courtney Blanton united to create the first Hi, How Are You Day on January 22, 2018. Honoring Johnston’s birthday, the two encouraged others around the city to take interest in a loved one, peer or friend by simply asking, “Hi, how are you?”
Daniel Johnston was a friend to many and an adored artist around the world. Though he struggled with mental health issues, Johnston was able to overcome his struggles through his art and music, which touched the hearts of countless fans and followers. Celebrated on his birthday, Hi, How Are You Day challenges others to open communication around mental well-being.
In past years, Hi, How Are You Day has featured special performances from various artists and bands across the globe. Last year showcased bands such as The Flaming Lips, Yo La Tengo and musician Gavin DeGraw. For a sneak peek at last year’s event, check out their full recap video below!
This year’s event will once again include incredible artists and bands who have signed up to support the cause. It will be held on January 22, 2020, at Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater. Doors will open at 6 p.m., and the show will start at 7:30 p.m.
Hi, How Are You Day 2020 will be particularly special as they honor Johnston, who passed away on September 11, 2019. He will be missed and remembered on this day that he inspired, a movement that is making waves through the Austin community.
“We believe if we can change minds, we can change the world!”– The Hi, How Are You Project
For more information on the Hi, How Are You Project visit https://hihowareyou.org/, and for tickets to Hi, How Are You Day, visit https://acl-live.com/calendar/hi-how-are-you-day-2020.
Feature Photo Courtesy of the Hi, How Are You Project
Leigh is a native Texan gone temporary New Yorker and now proud Austinite. Passions include but are not limited to music (both as a spectator and dabbler), traveling & cultural adventures, film & television, true crime, design (of the fashion, interior, and graphic sorts), and photographing & writing about all the aforementioned. Self-acclaimed coffee connoisseur & wino, cat aficionado, book worm, and nature junkie.