On Saturday, May 2nd we worked with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful to celebrate West Indianapolis through the efforts of Mayor Ballard and the Great Indy Cleanup. Due to rain on April 25th we rescheduled our mural painting day to coincide with iFred‘s Global Day For Hope to raise depression treatment awareness. We worked with about 10 community volunteers to paint these sunflower murals as a symbol of hope. For more information about the Great Indy Cleanup visit KIB’s website here.
Department of Public Words has been nominated for a 2015 NUVO Cultural Vision Award! Thanks NUVO. Check out the article here.
These gorgeous all-weather 4″ x 4″ vinyl silkscreened stickers are available now for your donation of $5 or more.
Masterfully printed by our friends at Sticker Robot.
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The YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL installation is back and now better than ever! This time we used metal letters and mounted them with aluminum frames for each letter so it will last forever. Huge thanks to all the people who donated to bring it back!
Here’s the RTV6 news spot about the return of the YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL installation.
Here’s the time-lapse video of the installation going up.
The YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL we installed in Fountain Square seven years ago has been taken down due to safety concerns. It had badly deteriorated, was no longer safe, and needed to be removed. We have plans to bring it back and make it better than ever with metal letters and solar powered LEDs to light it up at night, but we need your support to make that dream a reality. Please donate today so we can bring back this Indianapolis landmark in a big way.
Donors at each level of contribution to fund the restoration and lighting of the YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL installation in Fountain Square will receive these cards as a thank you gift. Photo by Dawn Olsen.
Last night during a blustery Halloween in Fountain Square, our fear became a reality. The seven year old YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL installation lost part of a letter. Clearly, it won’t survive another Indiana winter. Our first goal is to make it safe again by replacing the letters with more durable metal letters within the next month. When we receive enough funding, we’ll light it up so it will shine throughout the night.
This installation has brought so much joy and positive affirmation to countless people, we just can’t let her go down like that.
Holly explains the project details in this short video (~1 1/2 min).
TEDxIndianapolis was a huge success! Holly gave her TED talk to a packed audience at approximately 9:30 and simply put, killed it. The audience laughed, applauded, cried, and even stood to their feet and shouted, “YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL”. Keep an eye out for the official TED video to be released in the next month or so. We will need your help to get her video to go viral, so we’ll be asking you to share it with your friends.
Our Co-Executive Director, Holly Combs, is speaking at TEDxIndianapolis on Tuesday, October 21st, at 9:24am. Her talk, Don’t Label Me: how stickers saved my life, is about removing the negative labels that hold us back from reaching our life’s potential. Get there early to get a good seat, and if you haven’t yet, order your TEDxIndianapolis 2014 tickets here.