Highland Park initiated The Gratitude Graffiti Project in 2013 with great success and repeated the project in 2014, co-sponsored by Main Street Highland Park, the Highland Park Public Library, and the Borough of Highland Park. We had over 30 businesses, schools, the library, senior center and places of worship involved. The project began in Maplewood in 2012 and has spread to other towns in New Jersey and in Vancouver BC.
The Gratitude Graffiti Project was a 33-day purposeful appreciation of one’s life through public interactive art in our community. Specifically, residents were invited to consider sources of gratitude in their lives and then express it through words and/or illustrations on “Gratitude Graffiti Walls” in our community: store windows, the library, schools, sidewalks and places of worship.
These places acted as reminders or “gratitude stops”, where a person walking by mentally notes something for which they are grateful or takes it a step further by actually writing and or illustrating it on any of the “Walls”. Through art, people can contemplate, create, rejuvenate and awaken a whole new perspective on how to look at how great life is and/or can be.
At the end of the 33 days, on Thanksgiving, The Gratitude Graffiti Walls are wiped clean— with the hopes that the project would create an attitude of gratitude throughout the community each day forward.
Participating Locations in Highland Park
|Highland Park Public Library||Rutgers Barber Shop||Pino’s Wine Shop|
|Salon Envy||Fall Out Shelter||10,000 Villages|
|Saiff Drugs||Century 21||Ruthie’s Bagels|
|Highland Bark||Robert’s Florals||China Star|
|Unite Pharmacy||Al’s Cleaners||Midori Sushi|
|Cyber Knight Computers||Over the Moon Toys||Through the Moongate|
|Rebarber Family Chiropractic||Bartle Elementary School||Highland Park Middle School|
|Highland Park Conservative Temple||OQ Coffee||Highland Park High School|
|Yellow Brick Road Preschool||Highland Spark||Main Street Highland Park|
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