Counting down to The Gratitude Graffiti Project 2016….

It is hard to believe that Lucila and I started this project five years ago. Just today I heard from a college in Massachusetts and I am amazed at how far it is come. Some updates from us: Lucila and her family have moved ‘across the pond’ and I am hopeful that as she is acclimating to her new surroundings she will bring gratitude graffiti with her and make it flourish as she has done in Vancouver.

This November, I have the privilege of presenting at The Art of Healthy Communities: the second annual Creative Placemaking Knowledge Exchange, November 11 in Newark, NJ

There will be 24 presenters from all over the U.S. and abroad speaking on the expression of art in the following six topics:

  • Community building
  • Research, evaluation and outcomes
  • Healthy aging
  • Youth health and engagement
  • Dance, performance and community
  • Healthy creative partnerships

In fact, the whole day is about having intelligent conversations on how creative placemaking impacts public health (two of my favorite subjects!).

Learn more or register:

The Art of Healthy Communities is sponsored by New Jersey Health Initiatives, Atlantic Health System, and National Housing Institute/Shelterforce magazine.  It is made possible with the generous support of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts Our Town program, and New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

12 more days until we start! Let’s do this together.

So much to be grateful for–



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