What is The Gratitude Graffiti Project?

west vancouver recreation 2013

What is The Gratitude Graffiti Project?

It is a daily practice of purposeful appreciation of one’s life through interactive art. The project engages residents to 1. Contemplate a source of gratitude in their lives and then 2. Provide an outlet to  express that thought of thankfulness in a public setting.

These accessible outlets will act as ‘reminders’ or GRATITUDE STOPS, where a person walking by can mentally note something they are grateful for or to take it a step further and give a gift to our community by actually writing what they are grateful for that day on a “Gratitude Graffiti” wall, a library card, on the sidewalk with chalk, or on a storefront window.

We ask simply: “What are you grateful for?”


Through The Gratitude Graffiti Project, participants are no longer ‘spectators’ of art, they are fully engaged in creating the art that expresses their gratitude.  Through art, people can contemplate, create and rejuvenate and awaken a whole new perspective on how to look at how great life can be.

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Grateful to the Able Baker, Maplewood NJ Photo courtesy of D. Buck 2014

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9 thoughts on “What is The Gratitude Graffiti Project?

  1. Teaneck. NJ is doing this now – I am glad to be a part of it – thank you for the idea and the initiative – looking forward to meeting you – Lauren Hooker, Teaneck

  2. Highland Park NJ will be initiating the Gratitude Graffiti project in 2013–and we are excited to be part of this thought provoking and expressive concept. We are so grateful for the opportunity to participate!

  3. I would love to be a part of this. Gratitude Gardens is our community garden and teaching spot for local schools. I volunteer teach sustainability and gratitude. I feel that the high school would really get into this!
    Please send me info on how I can connect to this. gratitudegardensav@gmail.com, also on facebook: Gratitude Gardens

  4. We did at The Messy Artist in East Hanover! We had the children write what they are grateful for! The students loved it so much. They thought it was so cool that we let them write on the windows.

  5. Highland Park is grateful for the opportunity to again implement the Gratitude Graffiti Project in 2014! We kick off our 33 days of gratitude on Sunday October 26th, and continue through Thanksgiving. This year, more than 25 local businesses and organizations are participating, including our town library, schools, religious institutions and local businesses…

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