Origin

Launched in 2015 as a virtual space where to story-tell, empathize, bond and heal through art, today The Artidote community has become a global support group that has saved lives through social media. As it continues to grow, it has expanded beyond the virtual and entered real spaces through Artidote Meetups hosted by Jova in cities across the world.

Jova

Jovanny Varela Ferreyra (Jova) is an artist and creator of The Artidote. Born in Mexico, Jova emigrated to the U.S. at the age of ten. His lack of English proficiency led him to begin expressing through drawing, a second language and passion that would lead him to graduate from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art.

In 2014, after the consolidation of social media as a prominent tool for worldwide communication and connection, Jova began curating artwork online. His particular way of presenting artwork through Facebook posts went viral, organically growing into an online community of more than a million users and, more importantly, forming empathetic bonds in people across cultures, creeds & social standing.

In 2015, in order to give his curation a more purposeful direction and to emphasize the connection between creative expression and mental health, he gave his work a name: The Artidote.

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    Stay up to date with the latest developments. Written by Jova, the blog is meant to keep you updated on the evolution of The Artidote, its community and how 2018 is proving to be the most transformative year for this project since its inception in 2015.

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    Facebook

    The heart of The Artidote, where the community gathers to engage with the stories of each post. Whether it’s a post on failure, triumph, loss, gratitude, regret, love, fear or social advocacy, this is where Artidotees are encouraged to come together and share their own experiences and opinions in a respectful manner.

    Instagram

    The art gallery of The Artidote. where you may see at a glance all of the artwork that has been shared over the years and save your favorites. Also the home of #ArtidoteInbox, a collection of submitted messages that have been anonymously posted to receive the collective feedback from the community.

    Snapchat

    The voice of The Artidote Community, where SnapThoughts originated. This is where your thoughts may be submitted via direct messages and Jova anonymously shares a daily selection to thousands of people across the world. Today it’s become a virtual, global support group that has already been directly influential in saving lives (read about it HERE and HERE).

    Twitter

    A less formal feed containing the daily Facebook posts but with more one-on-one engagement with the community. Home to #ScribblesFromMyJournal, where Artidotees are encouraged to submit photos from a passage in their journals to be shared on the feed.

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