Groups embracing in public spaces surprise people walking by.

The negative memories of personal and community conflict are healed by a simple gesture of compassion.

  • Julie Troost's H U G | Photo & Design by Jeremiah Geiman
    © 2007 Julie Troost / Anima Productions


H U G is a movement of compassion, an interactive performance installation, and a film that affects social change in the world by spreading a healing message of compassion and connection. H U G creates opportunities for the people of a community to practice compassion, to collectively mourn lost members and to memorialize tragic events.

H U G relies on the participation of people like you. It is an interactive performance that aims to heal negative memories by creating new memories of hope. Visit the Participate page to find out all the ways you can take part in H U G and help spread compassion throughout the world!


H U G at MAP 2013

H U G was presented by MAP 2013 in Dallas, TX on October 19. As a part of the Lamar Street Festival, H U G commemorated the 50th Anniversary of JFK’s assassination to heal the public’s memories of this tragic event.

MAP 2013 is a festival and exhibition in the greater Dallas – Forth Worth area that restores and preserves the environment, promotes social justice, and advances human knowledge and well-being. The festival ran from Oct. 1 – Nov. 24, 2013.

H U G was invited in 2011 to become a MAP – Make Art With Purpose project and is featured on MAP’s website at 


How did the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963 personally affect you or someone you care about? The national tragedy had a profound effect on people all over the world. The public shared their memories of the event and H U G participants in Dallas, TX sent their compassion to each of them on October 19th, 2013, in honor of the 50th Anniversary of JFK’s death.