You Will Rise will be returning to Cornell April 2018 for another week of artistic collaborations and presentations. Look for updates here with more info soon!

Artists Melissa Forman and Paul Richmond from the You Will Rise Project visited Cornell University October 4 – 8, 2014 and created an art installation in Flora Rose House. They teamed up with Cornell students to create a powerful art piece that raises awareness about the multi-faceted issue of bullying. While on campus, the artists also hosted workshops, trainings, and presentations that wove together their commitment to art and activism.


Artists Melissa Forman and Paul Richmond created this installation to represent the way labels, both positive and negative, can become a part of one’s identity. The faces depicted in the mural are portraits of young people who have participated in You Will Rise programming, constructed entirely out of Post-It notes. Many of the Post-Its contain words – both the negative taunts of bullies and positive, self-affirming adjectives – submitted by Cornell students and from around the world through the You Will Rise website.