Pawtucket’s PeaceLove: Changing the Face of Mental Illness
Friday, December 03, 2010
“A lot of things I dreamed of years ago are becoming a reality,” said Sparr. “Finding my own peace of mind through painting has changed my life and helped me not only cope, but thrive, despite this debilitating disease.” PeaceLove’s non-profit arm offers creative, motivational and interactive programs designed to help achieve peace of mind, while the business arm focuses on product development where, through the sale of merchandise and art, PeaceLove donates 10% of profits to support like-minded organizations that work to provide individuals coping with mental illness access to resources, opportunities, and hope.
Through free workshops at schools, hospitals and community centers, people coping with mental illness and people simply looking for peace of mind are offered art programs and experiences. The Pawtucket studios also double as a gallery, displaying a large and diverse collection of work from local and international artists, plus it hosts the organization’s Paint4Peace workshop, with 50% of sales going directly to the artist.
Pictured: Philip Stein Watches has chosen PeaceLove as their inaugural partner in their national “Time for a Cause” charity campaign and product line, launching in 2011. Proceeds from each watch provide art programs for 10 PeaceLove clients. Available at www.peacelovestudios.com/store
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