Tomorrow morning at 7am and again at 8pm on Thursday evening we will be on The Art of the Matter on WFYI 90.1 FM and HD1 interviewed by our friend Pete Brown. We hope you’ll tune in!
Listen to the program online.
The long-awaited lighting of the YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL installation on The Murphy Arts Center finally happened. HUGE thanks to everyone who contributed to make it possible!
Read our executive director Holly Combs’s post about the lighting here.
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.
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!
We are super excited to announce our collaboration with Jiffy Lube of Indiana. This summer we will be producing murals on several Jiffy Lube locations in central Indiana. We will be working with local artists to design these murals. If you’re an interested artist be sure to contact us here. Read the full blog post here.
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.
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!
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?
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.
We are so happy to announce that we have completed The Harmony Mural on the Monon Trail at 49th Street in collaboration with Jamie Locke. The positive words for the mural were chosen by residents to describe the neighborhood: Harmony, Beauty, Peace, Love, Vibrant, Diversity, Respect
Whew, we’ve been busy.