YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL Murals at Indianapolis Salvation Army Locations

We are happy to announce that we have installed three YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL murals at three different Salvation Army Locations in Indianapolis. We worked with a very generous angel donor who contributed funds as well as people all over the world who submitted their #shareyourYAB photos on Instagram to be a part of these awesome murals.

Read the Salvation Army’s blog post here.

YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL installation at The Salvation Army’s Harbor Light location

YAB thank you 2

Thank you notes from The Salvation Army

YAB thank you

Thank you notes from The Salvation Army

TeenWorks x DPWords 2016


TeenWorks crew in front of The Tradesman Guild mural at 46th Street and The Monon

The Department of Public Words is thrilled to be working with TeenWorks this summer to beautify all three Great Places 2020 with new murals. We have 25 amazing young people, many of whom are working with us for their first job. The mission of TeenWorks is to empower teens to achieve excellence in college, career, and community. What a perfect fit for working with us!

TeenWorks working on a Grow Good Things mural

TeenWorks crew working on a Grow Good Things mural

TeenWorks crew painting two new murals

TeenWorks crew painting two new murals


Let’s all come together in a unified message: YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL.
Everyone will get a mini YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL sign with February’s You Are Beautiful Every Day subscription.

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We’re asking people to pose with their signs, take a pic, and hashtag it #shareyourYAB and #yabsticker. Once we get enough photos we’ll make a crowd mural similar to the one pictured at the bottom of this post. Look at all the great pics people have submitted so far!

YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL photo by Matthew Hoffman

YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL photo by Matthew Hoffman

Family Jam Lit Night at Paramount School of Excellence

Family Jam Lit Night at Paramount School of Excellence was a reminder of the sweetness and positivity that children innately have. I traveled to the event with a huge box of markers, a stack of blank stickers and several DPWords signs that say wonderful things on them like: You are Beautiful, Do Great Things, Love etc. tables were set up as an invitation to play and make stickers! Who doesn’t love stickers? I talked about the power of words and how positive messages, like the examples I brought on the signs, uplift people who share those words and the people who hear them. The kids really needed no other prompting. They went to work joyfully making their own stickers with wonderful images. They came up with wonderful words and wrote them on stickers. The adults got involved too and before long everyone was trading stickers, wearing them and giving me lots, lucky me! How cute are these?


You make me SHINE!

paramount positive stickers
It was a joy to work with the families who came out to Family Jam Lit Night. There IS such good in the world, these bright lights of awesome are a great reminder.

Always Choose Love

As we were pulling into a parking space on a crowded evening in Broad Ripple someone quickly cut us off and took our parking space. Instead of getting angry Holly gave the person an I Love You Sticker. We went on with our evening and didn’t think a whole lot about it. When we came back to our car, this note was under our windshield wiper.
Always choose LOVE.

Get your I Love You Sticker Pack here.