The #MononLoveTrain

Peat Wollaeger aka Mr. EYEz is bringing the Love Train to town. Yesterday we got to paint with him, and this is how it went down.

Our First First Friday was AWESOME

Photo by Emily Schwank, Raincliffs Photography

Department of Public Words’ first First Friday at the Murphy was a huge success. A big thanks to everyone who came out and to everyone who helped us get the new space ready. We couldn’t do it without you. Also, a huge THANK YOU to Emily Schwank who captured the event with her amazing photography. Throughout the evening as people flooded in Emily observed people walking in together and asked them, “Do you know each other?”. Many of them responded that they did. She continued by asking, “Is there something on this wall of messages that you feel that this person needs to know?”. Their responses ranged from little giggles to a tear welling up in their eye. She had one of them turn their back as the other selected a message and then repeated the same for the other person. Without either seeing the messages chosen she would instruct them to back up to one another for a photograph and then captured their reaction when she asked them to show each other their messages. It is a powerful thing to see people sharing what they may have needed to say for years. Hugging, kissing, smiling, laughing, and tears of joy all happened.

Photo by Emily Schwank, Raincliffs Photography

Photo by Emily Schwank, Raincliffs Photography

It is our purpose at the Department of Public Words to empower people to words they may not have the voice to say, but through our encouragement we provide them with a priceless opportunity to share their heart.

In addition, Autumn Keller of ISIBEAL studio created incredibly Beautiful Moments in our studio and around the Murphy.


Autumn Keller of ISIBEAL studio

See a sneak preview of the First Friday photos here.