Artist, author, and speaker Christopher Beckman will visit Indiana April 1-4, 2013, offering a variety of open sessions and art critiques for community members and students. This is the second visit to Indiana by this highly engaging, personable, and energetic young man who relates easily with all ages. In October 2012, he met with a wide variety of community and campus leaders, talking with them about his art and his life.
Beckman reached celebrity status in 2001 when he appeared on MTV’s Real World: Chicago only nine months after he started his recovery from over 10 years of alcohol and drug abuse. Combining his celebrity with his passionate need to share his story, he wrote a highly successful book titled Clean: A New Generation in Recovery Speaks Out.
He then went on to present dozens of speaking engagements on major campuses and in communities across the United States, as well as appearing on numerous national talk shows, including interviews with Ellen DeGeneres, Diane Sawyer, and others.
Openly gay since his MTV appearance, he continues to speak out about his life, his highly successful art career, and his work to remain sober. He is currently working on a sequel to his book, titled Still Clean. The book and the sequel are currently being recorded for an audio book with GPR Records.
For full descriptions of each the events plan, download this pdf document. For more information, contact the Lively Arts at 724-357-2787 (ARTS) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The visit is funded by the Lively Arts at IUP; Armstrong-Indiana-Clarion Drug and Alcohol Commission and the Armstrong-Indiana Drug Free Communities Coalition; the President’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Commission; College of Fine Arts; Pride Alliance; and Center for Health and Well Being.