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Be Kind For Real
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A 2–inch circular piece of card stock that says “BE KIND FOR REAL” on the front and “http://danielagroza.com/” on the back. Daniela Groza intended these tokens to be distributed as a way for the power of language and words to inspire positivity in an often hard, unkind world. She also creates T-shirts with the slogan and sells them on her Web site. She creates these items so they spark positive conversations and hopes that acts of kindness will stem from them. I can personally attest to how comfortable and stylish these cloth pieces of activism are. People often ask me about my “BE KIND FOR REAL” shirt, and it always starts a dialogue about the necessity of kindness between friends and family, but also between strangers.
Courtesy of the Richard F. Brush Art Gallery.
Raina Puels ’16 contributed and helped catalogue this item as part of a collaborative, interdisciplinary initiative at St. Lawrence University called “Weaving the Streets & People’s History Archive,” funded during 2013-2017 by a mini-grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation entitled “Crossing Boundaries: Re-envisioning the Humanities for the 21st Century.” For the project, students and young alumni participants were asked to examine “the creative and complex ways ordinary people make use of public space to express themselves.” Participants selected three to six items for the “Street Art Graphics" digital archive in Shared Shelf Commons and also wrote blog posts for “The Weave: Mediocracy Unspun.” See http://weavenews.org/content/weaving-streets.
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Council of Independent Colleges provided funding support for this project.
Collected by Raina Puels in The West Village: Bleecker Street between Thompson Street and Sullivan Street, New York City, New York.
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