The Hi, How Are You Project aspires to create a culture of acceptance and understanding surrounding mental health by initiating conversations. Based in Austin, Texas, this initiative was instigated by Daniel Johnston's iconic mural, which Austin City and Texas State recognized as Hi, How Are You Day - an occasion celebrating unity and inclusion across communities worldwide.
To commemorate Daniel Johnston's birthday on January 22nd, the Hi How Are You? Project invites people from every corner of the globe to connect with a friend or family member and ask: "How are you doing?". Founded in 2018 by Johnston's kin, this project aims to create media content, events, and instructional programs focusing on mental wellness. Celebrated for his skillful artistry across music and visuals alike, Johnston was an exceptionally talented individual who faced difficulties with mental illness himself. Everyone needs to continue spreading awareness about these issues he brought to light.
Every year, the life and works of Daniel Johnston are celebrated by commemorating Hi, How Are You Day. On this particular occasion, greet people with a genuine "Hi! How are you?" as it reminds society of their responsibility towards mental health awareness and wellness. This project is proud to feature some of the most remarkable musicians and artists from various genres, including R&B, neo-soul, Latin, rave, pop-rock, and much more. Combining such a wide selection of sounds will create an experience that invites people from all walks of life to unite and focus on their well-being.