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.
When you know you are special and that you’re loved, all the stickers others have put on you will fall off too.
We love our city! Our #dpwords positive message signs make an appearance in this amazing music video. Proceeds from the download of the song will support Department of Public Words. Download “She Called Me H**sier” here, get a great song and support great things happening in Indianapolis.
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.
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.
Department of Public Words is happy to announce that we have a new studio space at the Murphy Arts Center in Fountain Square. We can’t wait to see how we will grow in our new space.
Our executive director, Holly Combs, is in the running to talk at TEDxIndianapolis this year. Her “What’s Your Label?” talk is number 25. Click here to vote.