Highland Park Gratitude Graffiti Project Encourages Thankful Thoughts

HIGHLAND PARK – Buried underneath the holiday stuffing and pumpkin pie lies the real purpose of Thanksgiving – to be thankful. This year, Highland Park, along with several other cities throughout New Jersey, is encouraging people to revisit that idea of gratitude and appreciation.

The Gratitude Graffiti Project is an opportunity to appreciate one’s life through interactive art. The project, started in 2012 in Maplewood, is quickly spreading throughout the state and elsewhere. The idea is to write messages of gratitude on the windows and walls of participating shops and buildings in the community. The messages, written in markers, enable passers-by to express what they are thankful for in written or art form, thus creating an atmosphere of gratitude and positive thinking leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Highland Park’s Gratitude Graffiti Project begins on Oct. 27, and lasts for 33 days. Currently, more than 25 downtown shops, the Public Library, Schools, and numerous community houses of worship are participating. Each participant, named a “Gratitude Stop” will be marked with a sign, and markers will be available for residents and visitors to create their message.

“We are thrilled that Highland Park is participating in the Gratitude Graffiti Project this year,” said Candice Davenport, Co-Founder of the project and East Coast Project Coordinator. “Highland Park is helping to build a healthier sense of community, and is part of a larger movement to spread a community-wide practice of mindfulness and gratitude, all while having fun through art.”

The Highland Park program is sponsored by Who Is My Neighbor? Inc., a local non-profit organization, Main Street Highland Park, the HP Public Library and the Borough of Highland Park. For more information about the project, visit www.whoismyneigbor.net/projects/the-gratitude-graffiti-project.

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