PRAYER CANVAS Dedicated to Boston Marathon Victims Draws Support Across the Country
Imagine a massive art canvas nearly the size of a football field filled with messages of support! A group of women in Naples, FL is making that happen. The America 4 Boston Prayer Canvas launched in May. Since then, more then 25,000 people have participated and that number keeps growing. Seven moms who met at their children's school started the project hoping to create a symbol of unity, resilience and compassion as a country.
After the bombs exploded in Boston, the women got to work ordering giant canvases (6ft. x18ft.) and gridded 360 squares on each one. Next, they sent them out to their friends, family, and co-workers asking everyone to paint a picture, write a message or sign their name in a square using the colors red, white, and blue.
Over the summer, the Prayer Canvas visited the California State Capitol, the Alamo, Mt Rushmore, the National Mall, Santa Monica Pier, MLB All-Star Game, NASCAR All-star Race, PGA Events, festivals, marathons, schools and churches. The goal is to have all 50 states represented when the project is presented in its entirety to the City of Boston at Fenway Park with the Boston Red Sox on April 21st. As of today, 42 states are represented thus far.
"We wanted something that everyone could do," says Kari Wagner, founder of the America 4 Boston Prayer Canvas. "It's simple, quick and free. We've had people from age 2 to 101 years old participate."
The America 4 Boston team grows every day. "We couldn't do this without the help of others. People email every day requesting canvases and offering to donate their time. I have been amazed at the impact this has made across the country," Wagner continued.
The public is invited to follow the Prayer Canvas virtually at www.prayercanvasusa.com, via Facebook at Prayer Canvas USA: America 4 Boston or Twitter at https://twitter.com/prayercanvasusa. Anyone interested in hosting a Prayer Canvas is encouraged to send a request via email to email@example.com.
Upcoming America 4 Prayer Canvas Events:
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