H U G Depends on Your Participation

We are all connected. Love, kindness, and forgiveness flows through each one of us. Unfortunately, animosity, hatred and violence also become tangible through us. Wars, atrocities, and pain result from our human actions. What influence do we want our lives to have on the people and the world around us? H U G counteracts the early seeds of resentment and pain before they grow into larger societal conflicts and wars. It demonstrates the impact of the small acts of kindness we often take for granted.  When these small acts are repeated and multiplied, they foster larger social change.

Julie Troost's H U G at Solar One NYC | Photo by Jeremiah Geiman
© 2011 Julie Troost / Anima Productions


There are many ways to join this movement of compassion:


Share Your Memory of JFK’s Assassination

How did the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963 personally affect you or someone you care about? Please share your memory of the event and H U G participants in Dallas, TX will send you their compassion on October 19th, 2013, in honor of the 50th Anniversary of JFK’s death.

Connect With H U G

Join our movement to spread compassion for others. Please sign up for our e-mail newsletter to receive periodic updates on performances, events and other H U G happenings.


Participate in an Event & Tag Your Photos

Take action toward compassion. You are invited to add yourself into the installation, help send compassion to those who contribute memories, and post your photographs on Twitter to tag them @hugperformance.


Watch the Film

Contact H U G if you would like to view the 20 minute film online. The film was created from the footage of the first H U G installation at eleven sites on New York City streets. There is no fee to view.


Suggest Public Sites

Help H U G continue to spread a message of hope and human connection around the world. Suggest international sites of genocide, war, disaster, and conflict where you would like to see H U G promote peace, healing, and forgiveness. Suggest an event with a worthy cause or invite H U G to a memorial service.


Suggest Personal Spaces

Submit a specific space that holds your negative or painful memories. Perhaps there is a location you are uncomfortable returning to because of the bad memory of something that happened there. Some examples might include: a loved one’s passing, something you regret, something that begs your forgiveness, a conflict, a violent act, or a negative or painful experience. Let H U G heal your negative memories by creating a new memory of hope for you.


Become A Community Supporter

Let others know you believe in H U G’s mission to encourage compassion in the world. Help spread the word about performances and events by forwarding email announcements about H U G to your friends and posting information on your social networks. Your name will be listed on H U G’s materials. The time commitment is minimal but the impact is significant.


Share Your Personal Actions

Share the ways H U G has affected your life and inspire others to do the same. How you have been inspired to cultivate more compassion in your daily life? If you attended a performance of H U G, submitted a memory to be healed, watched the film, or even just read about H U G, share positive changes you have enacted to inspire others. Your story will be included in H U G’s News feed.