NAFC Symposium Attendees Dear World Portraits Shared

At the 2016 NAFC Symposium, our attendees were able to experience Dear World - a renowned, interactive storytelling experience that unites people through pictures in its distinct message-on-skin style.

Its precursor, Dear New Orleans, became an alternative platform for people to write love notes to their city. Before launching Dear World, the project’s founder, Robert X. Fogarty noticed that the simple portraits could be a vehicle for shared communication no matter race, religion or language.

Dear World traveled to Joplin, Missouri, the site of an EF tornado that killed 160 and Breezy Point, New York, where a 6-alarm fire destroyed 111 homes during Hurricane Sandy. Most recently, Fogarty traveled to the Zataari refugee camp in northern Jordan, which now houses over 200,000 Syrian refugees and is the second largest refugee camp in the world. They’ve also worked with Boston marathon bombing survivors who returned to the finish line to take their Dear World portraits. Their latest piece featured Taelor and Sydni Scott, the daughters of the late sports icon Stuart Scott.

NAFC Symposium attendees heard from Dear World founder Robert Fogarty at the opening general session last month, where he shared many impactful stories and portraits. Attendees then had the the opportunity to have their portraits taken by Robert with their personal “Dear World” message.  These portraits where shared during the general session on the closing day of the Symposium, a powerful experience for all who attended.

Thank you to all who participated for sharing your stories! The NAFC is excited to share the portraits of members of the Free and Charitable Clinic staff and volunteer community.  The portraits displayed messages of hope, encouragement, strength, struggle, happiness, sadness, inspiration and love.

To see all of the portraits taken at the symposium, please visit or visit the NAFC Facebook page at

You can learn more about Dear World by visiting