Kindness Rocks Project

Artists’ Row – 24 New Derby Street

Saturday, October 1, 1-4pm

Salem, MA- Mayor Kim Driscoll, City of Salem Public Space Initiative and the Artisans at Artists’ Row announce a “The Kindness Rocks Project” event to take place on October 1st from 1-4pm at Artists’ Row, 24 New Derby Street.

The Kindness Rocks Project was created to spread inspiration and motivation for unsuspecting recipients through random inspirational rocks placed in easy to access locations.  It started as a hobby of one and has now turned into a movement due to the energy of many. And today this project has grown into inspiration gardens placed around Cape Cod and beyond including Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Ireland, Thailand, Haiti and England.  People started joining The Kindness Rocks Project or starting similar projects in their communities!

Join us on October 1st to create a Kindness Rocks Project garden at Artists’ Row.   Please bring a rock (or two) to paint and leave in the garden. All supplies will be provided….even rocks!

A special thank you to Allison Conboy for her inspiration in bringing this project to Salem.  And to the Artists’ Row artisans, Tommy Gagnon, Linda Mullen, Sibel Alpaslan, Karen Scalia and Alexanzdra Nowak for their support of this project.    Ms. Conboy and the City of Salem Public Space Initiative are also picking a second site at the Salem Willows for another place to bring a rock, take a rock.

For information about the project please contact: Deborah Greel, dgreel@salem.com

ABOUT THE KINDNESS ROCK PROJECT – HOW IT ALL BEGAN

The Kindness Rocks Project was created to spread inspiration and motivation for unsuspecting recipients through random  inspirational rocks dropped along the way…

Living near the ocean, I walk the beach daily. The beach is where many go when they seek insight or a peaceful place to think.

Losing my parents at a young age meant losing my advisers, my sounding board,  and my role models.  During difficult or stressful moments in my life, I found myself looking for “signs” on my morning walk, such as a heart shaped rock or a piece of sea glass. I perceived this “sign” as a divine message or  the random inspiration I needed to signify that things would be o.k.

“Maybe I wasn’t the only one looking for such signs!”

Thus The Kindness Rocks Project was born.

It started as a hobby of one… painting and dropping a few rocks at a time, when something amazing happened. I began receiving messages from strangers about how much the rock they found meant to them. So I stepped up my rock painting and added social media, a website and encouraged others to join me.  This hobby has now turned into a movement due to the energy of many… and today this project has grown into inspiration gardens placed around Cape Cod and beyond. The beyond part is what I am most happy about (Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Ireland, Thailand, Haiti and England).

People started joining The Kindness Rocks Project or starting similar projects  in their communities! Now how cool is that? It has become a grass roots kindness movement. If one person finds a rock with a message that speaks to them during a difficult time, our efforts have made a difference!

We all want to offer our gifts to the world and feel connected…and we are at our best together, working in harmony with others. It is through participation and appreciation that this project will continue to grow and inspire many.

One of my favorite rocks reads, “Your legacy is every life you have touched!” which pretty much sums it all up.

Please join us! 

HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN KINDNESS ROCK

PHOTO HIGHLIGHTS PEM PM SEPTEMBER

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