The Minds Behind ‘You Are Not Alone Murals’ Takeover Our Insta

Samantha Schutz and Annica Lydenberg are the co-creators of the You Are Not Alone Murals which launched across New York City in May 2019, timed to coincide with Mental Health awareness month. Always fierce supporters of each other professionally and personally, Samantha and Annica found an intersection of their creative passions in the murals project, which offers support to anyone who feels misunderstood, victimized, or abandoned.

Samantha Schutz is a mental health advocate and the author of the critically-acclaimed anxiety disorder memoir, I Don’t Want to Be Crazy. She curates You Make Me Feel Less Alone, a creative community of mental health support that features submissions of original art and writing about the things people are struggling with.

Annica Lydenberg of Dirty Bandits is an art director, lettering artist, illustrator, and mural painter working with agencies and brands to create more authentic products, campaigns, and spaces. Work done by Dirty Bandits is fueled by Annica’s deep appreciation for type, her interest in storytelling, and dedication to brands and individuals working for social good. Projects include working with companies on campaigns, branding, books, lettering projects, and murals.