On May 16, nearly 200 attendees, supporters and sponsors at our Benefit invested more than $120,000 in the charitable mission of the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute--education, research, mental health care for those who might not otherwise receive it, and advocated for psychoanalysis as a way to understand our world.
Speaker Pamela Bannos, author of Vivian Maier: A Photographer's Life and Afterlife, offered a fascinating re-telling of Maier's story based on her own photographer's eye, family research, and travel to the sites Maier herself photographed. Under the expert guidance of Benefit Co-chairs Peter and Donna Shaft, many attendees "raised a paddle" to contribute to the mission of the Institute.
We also unveiled our new name, tagline, and logo: we have shifted from the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis to Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute.
There is a lot in a name. Using “Psychoanalytic” as an adjective in the new name allows us to describe the many endeavors of the Institute, from educating psychoanalysts, psychotherapists and others who use psychoanalytic principles in their work; to the varied clinical services we offer to children, adults, families in offices and in schools; to our commitment to using our expertise to explore social questions. We practice psychoanalysis, but we also are psychoanalytic in our approach to education and treatment for many people in a range of places.
Our new logo represents the layers within each of us, our present and past, the adult and the child, our relation to others, looking inward and outward.
For me, the new tagline, “Human Dot Being Dot” is the most moving element of the three changes. It underlines that psychoanalysis is about people, Human. Being. and Being. Human. We speak about the same problems central to ‘Being. Human.’ as journalists, political scientists, artists and everyone concerned about people and the communities we live in. The language translates easily.
It comes around to deeply considering a person’s subjectivity and experience, what contributes to emotional well-being and how psychoanalysis resonates in all our relationships, our work and our play, whether at home, work or within our community.
Many people worked with diligence and flair to bring about these changes. Thanks to our faculty and community for participating in the many conversations this took, to our staff for helping transform ideas into reality and to our consultants Health Brand Group for their piercing creativity in capturing the essence of the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute.
We surpassed our fundraising goal to support the educational, patient, and other programs of the Institute, and had a wonderful time