A 2023 project in Maine’s Lincoln County to recognize International Overdose Awareness Day.
With art, music, stories, remembrances, resource tables, speakers, and more, 716 Candles honored the lives of those lost to and hurt by substance use; de-stigmatized addiction by underscoring the humanity of those affected by it; built general awareness on matters related to addiction and the opioid epidemic; educated on prevention, harm reduction, treatment, and paths to wellness; and underscored that we are all in this together, and can all be a part of making things better.
A total of five events held across five different towns were attended by hundreds, and a social media campaign reached thousands. Highlights of the project include a closing candlelight vigil in the town of Wiscasset attended by nearly 100 people, Governor Janet Mills speaking in Boothbay, and the premiere of Lights of Lincoln County, a photo and story project curated by Peter and with photographs by Charles Richards.
LIGHTS OF LINCOLN COUNTY
As part of 716 Candles, Peter collaborated with photographer Charles Richards (shown here photographing a group of parents who lost adult children to overdose deaths) to create a photography and story exhibition called Lights of Lincoln County to honor the many individuals and organizations affected by substances and/or doing work in the field of substance use treatment and healing.
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