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Giving Thanks November 25, 2015 13:52

Thanksgiving is about being thankful and appreciating all we have. Regardless of what commercials and Black Friday tries to thrust upon us, this day and this weekend is truly a time for family and reflection.

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Art: A Breath of Fresh Air November 18, 2015 12:18

Life can be challenging, exciting and stressful, but at the end of the day we can all breathe a little easier. Taking a deep breath centers us and focuses our energy. It can relax us and help us think better. For Allen Chamberland, a deep breath isn’t always the best avenue for focus, or even really an option. Allen uses art and the creative process to focus himself.

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One Artist's Unique Vision November 06, 2015 10:24 2 Comments

Lori-Anne Faye is a visually impaired photographer. No you did not read that wrong. When Lori-Anne was told that she would lose her vision due to her degenerative eye condition, fuchs endothelial corneal dystrophy, her only response was “I will be a photographer.” Seeing the world is a beautiful thing, but to an artist, seeing the world is everything. What does it mean to have that vision blurred, distorted and wiped away? What would you see and what story would you want to tell?

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From a Shelter Worker: Reflections on Doing Good and Earning Profit October 20, 2015 22:09 2 Comments

ArtLifting Co-Founder and Chief Happiness Spreader Liz Powers wrote this blog post for The Huffington Post on July 22, 2015.

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I have worked with non-profits for 8 years and with homeless individuals for the past 9. During that time, I did a lot of reflecting. I thought about how frustrating it was to feel stifled - how I wanted to make an enormous impact. And move fast.

My job used to be running art groups in homeless shelters. Having to wait a year to hear back regarding grant proposals made moving fast impossible. More importantly, however, I thought about all of my friends in non-profits - how they were doing amazing work, but also how much of the work that they did not generate revenue. I didn't want to compete with them for grants.

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