Wednesday, February 4, 2009

More messages!

"I am so thankful that I am a part of the Barnes community."

"I was thankful that I was able to know my grandfather well, and spend a lot of time with him before he passed away."

"I am thankful for the classroom teacher of Badhal Khadka because he is fully guided by the teacher. He is very restless!"

The messages are pouring in --- thank you!

Please contribute today! Deadline is this Friday, Feb. 6th.
email:, post here, or see me on facebook.

Thank you!

Monday, February 2, 2009


Well, I'm not going to let the closing of the Kasini House stop the project! Originally, the plan was for me to have a residency there, and then an opening. But, with the doors closed, neither can work.

But a great solution presented itself... Phil and I are in the process of opening a bakery/coffee shop in town, so I'm going to get the paintings done in time for our opening later in the spring/early summer, and hang them there. I think it'll be a great addition to the place, and will really put forth our own personal feelings of the importance of gratitude in the daily grind!

Friday, December 5, 2008


Sara Osaba, a ONE'r, a mother, a neighbor, a participant, and also the coordinator of the "We All Belong" AmeriCorp program has jumped on board with the Thankful That Project. It's a perfect match -- the "We All Belong" national service program is dedicated to making Burlington a more welcoming place for all to call home. The initiative is primarily tailored to reach the school community and those most affected by poverty. Tonight we'll break bread with Old North End residents and gather more stories of gratitude.

New messages are coming in...

"I'm thankful that I teach the children in the neighborhood that I live in."

"We are thankful that we have found such an inclusive and giving community, bursting with hope and creativity at Lawrence Barnes School - right in our own neighborhood!"

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Thankful That... is a new project that uses the artistic expression of gratitude to strengthen our community.

In November and December, 2008, Burlington artist Jodi Whalen will collect stories of gratitude from residents of Burlington's Old North End. Stories that convey messages of hope and jubilation, on any scale, whether it's joy for the return of a lost cat, or the humble appreciation that comes when a loved one recovers from an injury or illness. The paintings will be on display in the community in 2009.

Why Thankful That?
Gratitude is a thread that connects us all. Within these stories of thankfulness, the issues that separate us disappear, and the essence of what connects us all comes to the forefront. By communicating messages of gratitude that come from people who live in the Old North End, we help to eradicate judgment and preconceptions, and celebrate the attitude of appreciation that emanates from this rich community.

Please participate if you're a resident of the Old North End!
Email your brief story of gratitude to Jodi Whalen
or fill out the form on this site.

Thankful That...

Submission Form