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Woman's Chalk Art Project Encourages Kindness in Her Community

What started as a simple drawing became a passion project - and now her community can't get enough.


Sometimes you can find the sweetest inspiration right at your feet. At least, that's the idea that Ann Arbor, MI resident, Britt Hueter, would like people to take from her sidewalk chalk drawings.

She started making the drawings for children who walked by her house every morning on their way to the nearby elementary school. She wondered if the generation of kids that age knew about hopscotch, so she started drawing boards. The answer? They sure did.

"Once I realized that all the kids were walking by every single day, I was like 'does this generation know about hopscotch?' So I put it out, and they did." Hueter told MSN. "The biggest takeaway from that is realizing that they looked down, they noticed."

Hueter, who works as a wedding and portrait photographer, followed up with a series of colorful drawings with positive messages in hopes they would encourage children to be kind and friendly to each other throughout the day.

While the children in her neighborhood delighted in seeing the daily affirmations, adults began to notice Hueter's drawings as well. She writes kind messages on her neighbor's driveway when she knows she's having a bad day. The neighbor, Adrian Dantzer, also serves as president of the Allen Elementary Parent Council.

Dantzer confessed that, while the two families have lived across the street from each other for a few years, they never formally met. Now, their children are best friends.

"Our neighborhood has a huge community, and this is just helping bring it together even more," Dantzer said.

Hueter has since expanded her canvas from the sidewalks to other events in her community, like the Ann Arbor Art Fair and Ann Arbor Pride Festival. She's also been asked to chalk the course for a Girls on the Run 5K in November and another in the spring.

While Hueter's work has been a hit with elementary schoolers, she's hoping to reach a different audience soon. She plans to chalk messages at a nearby middle school in the near future.

"I try to lay out things that I wish somebody would've told me when I was a kid," Hueter said. "We can change the shape of the world with kids."

Is this something you'd like to see take place in your town? Why not take Hueter's lead and design your own chalk drawings to connect with others in your community?!

Please share your ideas below, or post to the Sparkt Facebook page.

(Source: images & video Britt Hueter Facebook )

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