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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Pieced Together, Community Art Installation

~Pieced Together, installation with puzzle pieces, 9′ x 14′, created in collaboration between artists Aaron Anderson, Denese Sanders, Paul Richmond, and community volunteers at Open Ground Studios

Pieced Together is a celebration of individuality and community.

By departing from the original intended purpose of the puzzle pieces in order to create large portraits of diverse community members, the artists had to look at each one and appreciate what it has to offer the new image, rather than simply plugging it into an assigned space. The symbolism of this process parallels the primary mission of the You Will Rise Project, empowering young people to overcome bullying, celebrate their individuality, and share their unique talents with the world. This community project would not have been possible without the help of everyone who contributed their time, talent, and creativity.

Saturday, July 15, 2017


~You're Better Than This, by May
"We all are great but when people bully they are feeling bad about themselves and they need to do something to feel better and that is where bullying comes in."

Monday, July 10, 2017


~Words of Kindness, by Kersten C.

If anyone hasn't had anything nice said to them today, just remember you as your own person are the most beautiful things you can be, never let anyone say other wise, always be proud of who you are, not your worth or beliefs, but the common fact is that you are the greatest person you can be, and no one can change that, and if they do, they are only hypocrites against themselves and are trying to make themselves feel and look better, but in reality they aren't they are making themselves look a way that shouldn't be set as an example for people.

Everyone is their own unique person, and are the way they are because they are human, we are all human. Therefore we shouldn't hate those that are unique in their own ways, we should love them, and tell them all the time they are worth your time, anyone else's time or just everybody's time for that matter, because we all bleed red and when it all comes down to it, our religious beliefs, political differences, physical appearances, personalities and other things of that sort do not matter, because we are all human, are of the same community, the same population, the same earth and yet we have judgment and hatred.. Not love nor compassion which is long needed within the world.

All of the people in the world even those who have passed and those still unborn, deserve the love of their families and others that knew them, know of them and people we know in our everyday lives deserve the love and compassion that may not be given to them. Many people in the world today go through a day without that love and compassion or a really kind few words from the heart to help them get through the day, not even kind gestures are given to them. All of the people that are in that position and even not in the position deserve some small act of kindness no matter your enemy, family, teachers, instructors, bosses or strangers. These people deserve it, everyone does, because everyone is beautiful in their own unique and amazing way.

You never know if that small act of kindness, can be the greatest thing to happen to someone if you show them you care about them, for them not what they’re worth or the way they look, or the position they are in. To whoever needed to see this, you are beautiful (Or handsome), keep your chin up, don’t let that crown that was placed upon your head fall, keep being the you that you want to be, because no matter what happens in life, you’re perfect in your own way and you ARE loved by someone.

Sunday, July 9, 2017


~ The Bird and the Arrow, by Anonymous
"I have experienced homelessness at a young age. I've seen the darkest and most hateful things humanity is capable of. I did not go to school as a child or fit in. People are cruel, especially young people because they don't have the courtesy of talking behind your back. They will just tell it to your face. I've lost 15 people in two years. Some to odds, some to the hardships of the world and others no one knows what happened. They're just gone. I will be one of the few people in this world that actually knew them as people. I saw who they were and not dirty homeless and/or drug addicts. I saw the beauty in what the world throw away. I made this drawing for all the ghosts that everyone sees but no one will ever know because of the surface. The memory I carry will never fade. It is what keeps me going. Because if I don't remember who they truly are, who will? I hope I don't get lost to these streets and I hope I can be remembered as someone worth remembering. So this drawing is a tribute to the Fallen or those who feel like they're about to fall. You may be wounded and unable to fly but somebody remembers you as a good person and they will carry you until you heal."

Thursday, May 4, 2017

BULLIES, by SymphonicMaiden

What do you get out of all this name-calling?
Is it your life wish to see people falling?
They reach out for help, but it only gets worse
What is all this nonsense, just some kind of curse?
It's always the people who are out of the crowd
That always get shoved and pushed around
Does it make you feel better to see someone hurt?
How would you feel with your face in the dirt?
You make our lives miserable, pushing us down
Who do you think you are? On your head I see no crown
You're no better than the rest of us; have problems of your own
Maybe I should point them out, you deserve to be alone
You talk about the things we wear and how we look and speak
But it's wrong for you to say those things 'cause all you are is weak
Spreading all those rumors and always emphasizing lies
Really just makes you and your friends look like pathetic guys
I never make fun of you and I won't let you do it to me
Because you think I will give up, but I won't that easily
I hear the things you say to them and even though we've barely met
I decide to pick a side with them, since in that place I have been
We hear all your lies, so sad, and all your rumors too
And just to make you all so mad we decide to keep it mute
It's too bad you have no life other than talking shit
You want me to pity you? Too bad, I won't do it
Your selfish and uncaring ways are just another way to say
How inconsiderate you are in each and every way
Drop the stupid bullshit here, I'm done with all your games
You've lost every single time and now you're in the flames

~Bullies, by SymphonicMaiden

"This is a poem about people we call bullies. Bullying happens everywhere every single day. It can take place anywhere. It can hurt you mentally and physically, depending upon verbal or physical abuse. If you help raise awareness of bullying then we can create a safer environment. Bullying has led to suicide and people have even been beaten to death. Bullying needs to stop, for the sake of our future. Help spread the word."