Have you heard of this hip new trend of … painting rocks? It’s true! There are grassroots groups forming all over the country based around the simple activity of rock painting. Well, there’s a little more to it than that. It’s really about connecting with other people by sharing little mementos of positive thoughts expressed through painted rocks.
What people do is paint rocks with some kind of positive message, image, or anything they think might brighten someone else’s day, and then leave their rock in a random location for someone to find. They often leave some kind of information on the back, like a facebook group that the finder can contact, or another means of linking up with the rock painting community. And they also look for these rocks, sort of like a never-ending scavenger hunt, and report any findings to their group.
This movement grew out of an organization called The Kindness Rocks Project, whose stated goal is “to encourage others to find cool creative ways to reach out and brighten someone’s day unexpectedly.” You can find out more at their website: The Kindness Rocks Project. Additionally, if you search, you will probably discover many local groups associated with the project. Almost every county around my area seems to have one, and they share their painted rock pursuits through their group facebook pages.
What does this have to do with interpretation? Well, I think this trend offers a great opportunity for programming at many of our centers. Whether we do something simple like incorporating a rock-painting craft into a program, or something more involved where participants paint rocks and go for a hike to hide them, or whatever — it seems like something to consider tapping into. Personally, I think I’m going to try hosting a Rock Painting Party!
It’s simple, outdoor, nature-based fun, and a lot of people seem to be into it right now. And, there are existing online groups that we can communicate with and work with who might be excited to visit our site to pursue their hobby.
Anyway, this is just a very small thought for the blog this time. Nothing super deep or big. Just something I’ve come across and thought was really neat and wanted to share. Have a great rest of the summer everyone!