About jumpforjoyphotoproject

My name is Eyoälha (Eee-YO-Lah) which means - the wind - in the Kwakwa'ka'wakw language. I find myself at home in many countries. I am an artist, photographer and avid traveler. Photography provides me the opportunity to share how I see beauty in the world. I fell in love with digital photography when I bought my first Canon power shot with 3.2 megapixels in 2004. I find immense joy in capturing the essence of the moment, and documenting beauty and movement in the spontaneity of life... which is why I love jumping photos!

Look for reasons to be joyful, and see them everywhere…

“If you look for reasons to be angry, you’ll find plenty of them. Look instead for reasons to be joyful, and see them everywhere.

This day, this world, the events and people in it will reflect yourself back to you. Give joy, love, respect, understanding, creativity and good cheer, and get back much of the same.

Choose to be hopeful and you’ll find yourself putting your hopeful outlook into action. Almost like magic, you’ll also find yourself connected to others who share your positive perspective.

Even your small corner of the universe is so stuffed full of motion, objects, ideas, events and other stimuli you can’t possibly comprehend it all. Out of limitless possibilities, you choose your outer experiences based on your inner stories.
What kind of stories are you repeating to yourself? Are they stories of fear and despair, or stories of hope, of love, of giving and sharing and achievement?

Your outlook is more than just what you think of the world. It is what you make of the world, of your life, and you have every reason to make it the best you can imagine.” — Ralph Marston

Eyoalha shares her story + process of creating Jump for Joy Photo Project and murals

Eyoalha Baker speaking at Interesting Vancouver about the creation and process of Jump for joy Photo Project and murals.

Life is very interesting… Eyoalha speaks about creating murals and connecting with community

Life is very interesting…

Today, the talk I did about the Jump for Joy Photo Project / murals at Interesting Vancouver was posted. I was incredibly nervous, emotional and fumbled my way through.. but I did it :)

Yesterday, I received a letter from the city letting me know that I have 30 days to repair the mural or it will need to be removed. I may have some funding coming in, and need at least a week of dry weather. I’m asking for an extension in case the funds and money are not in line with the deadline. Will see what happens.

History repeats itself and gives us opportunities for deeper learning and understanding every time. It makes me wonder, maybe the creation of the murals were meant to be temporary and more about the beauty of sharing joy, connecting with people, learning about community and kindness. I’m not sure how this month will play out, I’ll keep on pushing for the repairs but if it doesn’t happen my heart is full with all that the experience creating this work has brought me. I know that either way this is only the beginning of more amazing opportunities to create, connect and experience life in whatever form it takes.

Eyoalha Baker speaking at Interesting Vancouver

Nothing says joy more than kids jumping in the air – enjoy your day, get out and play!

The natural joy filled energy of kids instantly makes me smile. A reminder to not take life so seriously, get out and play a little. Enjoy your day!

Quote of the day: go out and meet it!

“The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out and meet it.” — Thucydides

Quote of the day: To play is to be the bridge…

“To play is to be the bridge between mastery and mystery, chaos and control, the foolishly brave and the bravely foolish.” – the Oaqui

Raising funds for much needed Wall of Joy Mural repairs – keep spreading the joy!

The damage to the mural has become worse in the past month and the repairs will be more extensive than anticipated. Im now looking at a weeks worth of equipment rentals and will need to raise upwards of $5000 just to cover costs.

For the month of December, I served to save up tips towards repairs at Save On Save on Meats. I chose to work at SOM because of the generous work they do with people in need in the DTES (where the mural is located). Im inspired by the work they do. I also love supporting the token program which feeds many people who may not otherwise have food to eat. Hoping to do more work together in the future with this amazing group of people :)

Thank you to all the wonderful people at Save On Meats who welcomed me in, helped me learn the ropes and made me feel like part of the team.

I’m proud to announce that working part time as a server of the month of December I was able to save up $980.60 to wards mural repairs (thanks to some generous tippers and direct donations) :)

I still have a few thousand $$$ to raise to make the repairs and am working on finding sponsors to make up the balance. And of course, I’m more than happy to accept direct donations too – email info@jumpforjoyphotoproject.com if you would like to contribute :)

Wising you the happiest and joy filled year for 2016!

Much love,

Eyoalha

Serving to Save the Wall of Joy Mural at Save On Meats

For those who’ve asked when I’ll be serving at Save On Meats

I’ll be in tonight! December 11th + 12th from 4pm.

The 14th is the next Greasy Spoon Diner – not to be missed! A fundraising dinner for A Better Life Foundation (buy tickets through the link)

Dec. 17 from 11:30 to close
18+19 from 4pm

I’m serving + saving up ALL MY TIPS towards much needed Wall of Joy mural repairs so please stop in.

Would love to see you, stop by for a visit, some food and drinks :)

Eyoalha selfie jumping photo

Eyoalha selfie jumping photo

Serving up food to raise funds for repairs on the Wall of Joy Mural

Hello folks!

I have a couple more shifts coming up at Save On Meats this weekend December 11 + 12 from 4pm.

Im serving up yummy food and saving ALL MY TIPS over the month of December towards mural repairs.

I wanted to stay connected to the community and interact on a more personal level with people. I appreciate the kind work done at Save On Meats with the token program and the care they give to the community so I’m happy to be part of the team.

Please stop by and I will be happy to serve you up some comfy diner food – the shakes are the best! :)

Hope to see you this weekend… if you can kick in a little extra to help with the mural, even better!

Have a wonderful day!

Eyoalha selfie Jump for joy Photo

Eyoalha selfie Jump for joy Photo

Downtown Eastside Jump for Joy mural needs repairs by Emily Jackson Metro News Vancouver

MetroNews Vancouver - Jump for Joy mural  By Emily Jackson

MetroNews Vancouver – Jump for Joy mural
By Emily Jackson

Metro News Vancouver Eyoalha to serve at Save On Meats to save up for Wall of Joy Mural repairs by Emily Jackson

Metro News Vancouver Eyoalha to serve at Save On Meats to save up for Wall of Joy Mural repairs by Emily Jackson

Thank you Emily Jackson for your wonderful article in Metro News Vancouver about my efforts to save up and fix the Wall of Joy Mural thats been getting a beating from our rainy and stormy Vancouver weather :)

I will serve at Save On Meats for the month of December 2015 and donate all of my tips towards repairs to the mural. You can read the full story HERE – One note… I gave the wrong start date! I will have my first serving shift on Saturday, December 5th from 4pm – please do stop in to say hello, get a bite to eat and pick up some food and clothing tokens for those in need while you’re there :) It just feel good all around!

Hope to see you soon at Save on Meats!

Love this Jump for Joy Pic of Vinnie from last summer in the DTES

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I really like this pic of Vinnie jumping for joy in the Hastings Street Community Garden. When I met him initially, he seemed a bit shy and I actually didn’t think he would want to Jump for Joy when I first approached him. Not only did he agree, he very much wanted to make sure we got a great shot. Lesson learned: You never know until you ask :) In the end, I just love this photo.

Have a wonderful day!

VanCityBuzz helping spread the word – support good in the DTES Community – Jump for JOY!

VanCityBuzz - Jump for Joy Photo Project / Eyoalha to serve @ Save On Meats to save for Wall of Joy repairs

VanCityBuzz – Jump for Joy Photo Project / Eyoalha to serve @ Save On Meats to save for Wall of Joy repairs

The good people at VanCityBuzz have once again shown their support to the DTES community and Jump for Joy Photo Project / Wall of Joy mural. I reached out to let them know that I will be serving at Save On Meats over the month of December and saving ALL MY TIPS to make mural repairs and they are helping spread the word. Read the article HERE.

I will have my first official serving shift on Saturday, December 5th. Please stop by to say hello and I’ll be happy to serve you AND you can also pick up some food / clothing TOKENS for those in need at the same time :) Feels good all around!

VanCityBuzz Instagram photo by @Instakram of The Wall of Joy Mural by Eyoalha Baker

VanCityBuzz Instagram photo by @Instakram of The Wall of Joy Mural by Eyoalha Baker

Joining an amazing team of people, saving for Wall of Joy Mural repairs and supporting the DTES Community :) Jump for Joy!

Serving up food at Save On Meats to raise funds for Wall of Joy Mural Repairs

Serving up food at Save On Meats to raise funds for Wall of Joy Mural Repairs

For the month of December I will be serving up yummy food, selling food / Clothing Tokens at Save On Meats to raise funds for repairs on the Wall of Joy Mural.

I’ve joined the amazing team at Save On Meats for the month of December 2015 to save up for unanticipated Wall of Joy mural repairs. ALL TIPS I make while serving will go directly towards mural repairs.

Why am I doing this?

The Wall of Joy mural has a very special place in my heart. This project means a lot to people in the community and I want to ensure it will be around for as long as possible. Unfortunately, the wether has drastically started to take its tole and the mural has started to deteriorate at a much faster pace than anticipated. I didn’t want to do another crowd sourcing campaign, I wanted to come up with a fun interactive way to serve the community while raising funds for the repairs. I am a huge fan of the Token program at Save On Meats and all their amazing contributions to the community through A Better Life Foundation.

Last month I volunteered as a server at Save On Meats for their monthly fundraising event that raises funds for A Better Life Foundation called – Greasy Spoon Diner – if you haven’t been to this yet – GO! Its so good!

I had so much fun that was inspired to ask Mark Brand if he would like to collaborate on a serving fundraiser for the Wall of Joy mural repairs over the holidays. He very generously agreed :) So, I’m in training and will be serving for the entire month of December!

ALL MY TIPS will go towards the mural repairs!! Please come in for a meal, a coffee or even just to say hello and leave a little tip for the mural – I will be happy to serve you. AND it gets even better! While you’re enjoying some yummy food, you can also purchase TOKENS for food / clothing for those in need – BEST GIFTS EVER! Hope to see you soon!

If you can’t make it in to the diner when I’m working, you can drop of a donations envelope with Jump for Joy mural written on it and you can also send an email transfer to info@jumpforjoyphotoproject.com

Please share this post around on social media and invite your friends for a meal at Save On Meats :)

Thanks for your help and have a great day! :)

Quote: “Adventure is an attitude…”

“Adventure is an attitude that we must apply to the day to day obstacles of life – facing new challenges, seizing new opportunities, testing our resources against the unknown and in the process, discovering our own unique potential.” — John Amatt

Inspired by the joy of a child – Jump for Joy!

The playful, joy-filled way of children always inspires me and makes me smile. As adults, we have so much to learn and be reminded of when we witness the freedom of a child laughing and playing.

Get out and play today!

Family Jump for Joy at Queen Elizabeth Park

Fun times doing a jump for joy photo shoot with Daria, Scott and Noah. I love Family jumps, so fun!

I don’t normally do that many Jumping shoots in the winter because its too cold and often rainy… but this day was just perfect for jumping around. I had the pleasure of meeting Daria through a speaking a event I did for Interesting Vancouver a few weeks ago. I offered a Jumping Photo Shoot as a door prize and the lovely Doria was the lucky winner! So nice to meet such a great family and share some jumping joy together :)

Have a wonderful day!

Last few days to get tickets and experience an Interesting night in Vancouver :)

I’m very honoured to be included in a speakers line up of some very interesting Vancouverites.

Interesting Vancouver


November 6th will be a really fun night in Vancouver, come join us! GET YOUR TICKETS HERE

Quote: People need to be reminded of how wonderful they are…

“People need to be encouraged. People need to be reminded of how wonderful they are. People need to be believed in – told they are brave, and smart, and capable of accomplishing all the dreams they dream – and more. Remind each other of this.”
— Stacey Jean Speer

Another of our Jump For Joy photo contest winners: Joyce Braun

We did a little call out for YOU to submit your own Jump for Joy photo. This one was sent in By Joyce Braun from the East Coast of the United States.

Photo submitted by Joyce Braun

Photo submitted by Joyce Braun

Name: Joyce Braun took the jumping photo of her lovely daughter.

Location: Tobay Beach, on the South Shore of Long Island, New York.

Inspiration for the jump: “My daughter was jumping because it was a BEAUTIFUL day, the beach was empty and she had the day off from school!”

What’s your definition of joy? “I feel joy is a happiness that comes from inside.”

We were so thrilled with the Jump For Joy photo submissions and would love to see more from you. Take a few minutes and do a jump for joy photo shoot with your loved ones and send us your best one!

Extra points for creativity and artistic merit.. have fun and go for it :)

Submit jump for joy photos to: info@jumpforjoyphoto.com


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Meet Melissa Demmers and find out why she is jumping for joy

An excerpt from one of our newsletter archives, meet the lovely….

Melissa Demmers

Born: Pentiction, BC. Now lives in Vancouver, BC Canada.

Inspiration?

People who are really committed to their goals and dream and are fearless about it. I’m also deeply inspired by my grandparents who are still married to each other and are still learning and enjoying life.

Greatest passion?

Acting and singing. Connecting with people and learning their life stories.

Philosophy?

It’s best explained with a quote by Eleanor Roosevelt. “Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.” It’s so true… We choose how we react and who we are in the world and nobody can make us feel a certain way.”

To read more from Mellissa’s feature interview please follow this link

Connect with Melissa
Twitter: @_MelissaDemmers
Instagram: @missmelissademmers


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One of our Jump for joy photo contest winners is Grace Lanuza :) Thanks for the sweet photo!

Jump for joy photo contest - Photo sent in by Grace Lanuza

Jump for joy photo contest – Photo sent in by Grace Lanuza

We did a little call out for your own Jump for Joy Photos. It was our first jump for joy photo contest call out and had some really sweet entries, I think we may do this again soon… this Jumping photo sent in all the way from Paris, France by Grace Lanuza was one of our picks.

Thanks for sending in your jumping joy photo and and sharing your inspiration with us. Have a wonderful day! :)

Name: Grace Lanuza (and friend Holly)

Photo Credit: My camera but a stranger in Paris took it for us! ;)

Hometown: Vancouver, BC

Inspiration: This was taken in Paris with my friend Holly. Her and I have been friends for 25 years. I took her on this trip because it was her birthday and it was her first time in Europe ever! We were wearing hockey jerseys because our friend Anais who lives in Paris is a huge Canucks fan and this is a tribute to her.

We had so much fun looking at all the jumping photo entries and would love to see more, keep on sending in your jumping joy – extra points for artistic style and creativity!

Plant seeds of joy… #quote #jumpforjoy #joy

Plant seeds of joy,
nurture them with gratitude,
gather the kindness that blossoms.
Let your words and actions be honey.
Share the simple sweetness of love.

— Quiet Lotus

Jump For Joy photo submission deadline ends today

It’s thanksgiving weekend in Canada. Don’t forget to jump for joy while you’re with your friends and family. Send us your awesome pictures today via email: info@jumpforjoyphotoproject.com. Don’t forget to include your name, photo credit, where you’re from and a brief note of what inspires you.

We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

The weather is already taking its tole, repairs are in the works for the Wall of Joy

Thanks to everyone who has let me know that there are some posters coming loose on the Wall of Joy. I appreciate you looking out for it :)

The weather is already starting to take its tole on the posters, much sooner than expected. I think the major storm we had that hit the wall, literally the day after I finished did more damage than I realized. Im guessing that the water sealant we had just finished applying had not cured yet when the storm hit.

I was able to do some of the most needed repairs in a couple of hours the morning of the mural opening but skipped a lot of the smaller ones due to time limits. What were small corners of posters lifting up are now starting to show and pieces are starting to peal.

I want this mural to last as long as possible so I am working on setting up a full day to do repairs in the next couple of weeks. It is a bit of a process and of course the costs (around $1200) to make it happen. One 24 hour day of repairs requires: insurance, a signed licence agreement between myself, Atira, BC Housing and Impark, rental of all the parking spots along the wall from Impark, 30 ft of fence rental (delivery and set up), lift rental (+delivery), repair materials (several gallons of contact cement), a volunteer to help me as time will be limited to get a lot done and of course, a beautiful sunny day so the wall is dry.

Hopefully this set of repairs will be the last ones that need to be done until next year.

Enjoy your day!

Much love,

Eyoalha

 

 

A dip in the archives with a little jumping joy from Sierra Tasi Baker

Sierra Tasi Baker

Q.What was your experience doing the jumping photos?
A: 
Awesome, the sun peeked out from the Vancouver clouds just long enough for us to do our shoot. Felt just like a wonderful sunny day with an excuse (well you never really need one) to jump around!

Q: What inspires you in life?
A: Creation, everything creative and collaborative. There’s so much for me to still explore out there and that excites me.

Q: What is your greatest passion?
A: Art, creating, collaborating. I love to draw, write, dance, perform, paint, sculpt, model, everything!

Q: What is your driving force?
A: There has been an unnamed force pushing me towards something, and I suspect that force is curiosity. I feel so much drive and ambition, it’s definitely taking me somewhere but I’m not sure where exactly. I’m enjoying the ride!

Q: What is your philosophy?
A: If my heart can conceive it and my mind can believe it, it can be done.

Connect with Sierra
Twitter: @SierraTasiBaker
Instagram: @sierratasibaker
Facebook: Sierra Tasi Baker


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Wall of Joy Artist Talk with Eyoalha Baker in the 12th Annual Heart Of The City Festival

Jump for Joy Photo Project is delighted and honoured to be included in this year’s Heart of the City festival. The 12th annual Downtown  Eastside festival is a cultural and heritage event that celebrates the neighbourhood’s emerging artists, rich and diverse cultural heritage, and history.

The festival runs from October 28 to November 8, 2015 and features 12 days of music, dance, poetry readings, story-telling, theatre, film, gallery exhibitions, workshops, history walking tours, and much, much more. Our very own Eyoälha Baker will be hosting an Artist Talk at the Jump for Joy wall on November 1st at 11:00 am. Meet up at the southeast corner of West Pender and Abbott street ( beside Tinseltown).

To view a complete list of events please visit www.heartofthecityfestival.com

We are looking forward to seeing you there!

 

 

 

Share your jumping joy with us! Submit your best Jump for Joy Photo and you may be featured here :)

It’s a beautiful day and the Jump for Joy photo project team would like to invite YOU to submit your best jump for joy photo of yourself, friends or family jumping for joy! We will choose 5 of our most favourite, creative, fun, inspired photos and feature you on all our social media channels  ( Newsletter, blog, Facebook, and Twitter ) .  We encourage creativity and weirdness so go for it :)

We are looking forward to seeing your photos! Have fun!

SUBMISSIONS: Send photo via email: info@jumpforjoyphotoprojcet.com. Please include your name, photo credit, where you are from/where the photo is taken and a brief note about what inspires you to jump for joy with links to your social media/website. You can also post your photos directly to our FACEBOOK PAGE or TWITTER.

DEADLINE: Oct. 10, 2015

Selected photos will be shared on the Jump for Joy Photo Project website and our top 3 favourite jumping pics will be featured in our Newsletter between October 10-20th, 2015

Happy day, Sweet memory. The Lovely Fiona Forbes Interviewing Janice Abbott and Eyoalha Baker

Its been a few weeks since the opening event for the Wall of Joy mural. It was so nice to have Fiona Forbes stop by to join in on the fun. Fiona spoke with Janice Abbott and myself about the joy of creating the mural for On The Scene at Shaw TV. Fiona has always been a big supporter of the Jump for Joy Photo Project as well as many Charities and non-profits around the city such as Atira Womens Resource Society who partnered with me in the creation of this beautiful community project. Thank you Fiona and Shaw TV for sharing our experience with people who couldn’t make it out to our BBQ!

I love the kindness and support this project received. I love how many people, literally around the world, contributed to the creation of this public art installation. The joy is being felt, thank you everyone. It is an example that demonstrates that we are all capable of creating beautiful things together when motivated by the joy of uplifting each other.

Have a wonderful day!

Interesting Vancouver – Instant Time travel – Jump for joy!

 

Come follow us on twitter: @jumpforjoyphoto

Feeling the love in this Gastown Gazette article about the Wall of Joy by Jill Plant

Gastown Gazette

Fantastic write up in the Gastown Gazette By Jill Plant. I love this article because Jill included several of the people who took part and help create the mural. Nice to have their experience and perspective shared.

Enjoy the entire article here: http://gastowngazette.com/risking-it-all-for-happiness/

Photo of Eyoalha Baker working on the Wall of Joy Mural by Alexandre Legere

Photo of Eyoalha Baker working on the Wall of Joy Mural by Alexandre Legere

The community BBQ in celebration of the Wall of Joy mural is tomorrow, september 9th between 4-6. Please stop by to say hello and meet some of the people jumping for joy on the wall and who helped make this fun project happen.

Welcoming the Wall of Joy to the DTES

Wall of Joy - Community BBQ September 9th 4-6pm. The West wall of the Arco Hotel (facing Abbott St)

Wall of Joy – Community BBQ September 9th 4-6pm. The West wall of the Arco Hotel (facing Abbott St)

Come celebrate with us … Excited to bring all the people (well, most of the people, some will can’t make it and will be missed) together that helped create the Wall of Joy mural. This will be fun!

The mural, located on the West wall of Arco Hotel, an SRO (Single Room Occupancy) building located at 81 West Pender St. Vancouver, will set the scene for a community BBQ celebrating the completion of The Wall of Joy Mural.

http://gastowngazette.com/event/jump-for-joy-community-bbq/

Continue to be who and how you are…

“My wish for you is that you continue. Continue to be who and how you are, to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness. Continue to allow humor to lighten the burden of your tender heart.” – Maya Angelou

Storm left a little mark on the mural too, repairs already being arranged

Photo damage to mural from the storm by Eyoälha Baker www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com

Photo damage to mural from the storm by Eyoälha Baker http://www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com

We had a few days of intense rain and wind here in Vancouver over the weekend. The storm tore up trees and left many people without power for several days. Once things settled down I went out to check on the Wall of Joy mural and found that a couple of the posters mid way up on the side of the mural had started to come loose – they since have peeled down. The rest of the mural seems to have held up quite well through the storm :)

Im now in the process of arranging to replace these two posters. It’s a bit of a process as they are at least 30 ft high. I’ve already had the posters reprinted but also need to put them together and before I can put them up I will need good weather, to rent a scissor lift (they don’t deliver on the weekend), to get the ok from Impark (and maybe the City too.. checking into it) before I can do anything (I may also need to get insurance first). Im hoping to have this all arranged and the repairs done before the opening event next week.

The opening event will be a community BBQ at the mural (located at the corner of Abbott and West Pender Street). We will be there between 4-6pm. Stop by if you can and say hello.

Have a wonderful day!

http://www.eyoalha.com Hire Eyoalha for a photo shoot email: eyoalha@gmail.com

Thank you for Sharing the joy on Instagram and Twitter – The Wall of Joy

Pretty excited to see all the instagram and twitter photos being posted of the Wall of Joy Mural – thank you everyone for sharing the joy :) .. I’ve been reposting a few of them. If you come across any pics of the mural on Instagram of twitter, please tag me and hashtag with #wallofjoy #jumpforjoymural so I can find them and re-share. Especially the ones with people jumping in front of the mural, those ones really make me smile and the wall becomes a fun interactive public art piece. Enjoy!

Here are a few images I found on Instagram:

VanCityBuzz Instagram photo by @Instakram of The Wall of Joy Mural by Eyoalha Baker

VanCityBuzz Instagram photo by @Instakram of The Wall of Joy Mural by Eyoalha Baker

Naweena Instagram

Have a wonderful day!

www.eyoalha.com Hire Eyoalha for a photo shoot email: eyoalha@gmail.com

Iron Woman! The amazing Ashley Wiles #jumpforjoyphoto of the day! @evaruns @Sole_Girls #ironman #run #woman

So proud of my friend Ashley! This amazing woman just completed in the Ironman World Championship! ‪This ironwoman‬ ran in 41degree heat, came in 79th/145, is the 2nd Canadian in her category and finished with a time of 5:51. Way to go Ashley!! Jumping for joy :) Learn more about Ashley here: solegirls.org

Get out there and do it!

Photos: 300 people jump for joy at the Downtown Eastside corner of Abbott and Pender by @tlupick @georgiastraight #art #dtes #mural #wallofjoy

The Georgia Straight

The Georgia Straight

Wall of Joy Mural photo by Rick Etkin

Wall of Joy Mural photo by Rick Etkin

Another fanstastic write up about the Wall of Joy mural I’ve just completed with the participation and support of many people all around Vancouver (and the world! I had funds donated from around the world). Really feeling proud and happy to share everyones joy. You can read the article here: http://www.straight.com/blogra/518561/photos-300-people-jump-joy-downtown-eastside-corner-abbott-and-pender

Vancouver mural may make you Jump for Joy By Yvonne Zacharias @VancouverSun #Publicart #dtes #art #Vancouver

The Vancouver Sun

The Vancouver Sun

Vancouver Sun Wall of Joy mural with video interview with Eyoalha Baker

Vancouver Sun Wall of Joy mural with video interview with Eyoalha Baker

Another wonderful write up, and video interview about the Wall of Joy mural in the Vancouver Sun. I was pretty exhausted as I had literally just finished the mural that day, so dont let my mellow demeanour fool you I was beaming with joy about sharing the mural with everyone. Thank you to everyone who is a part of it and helped make it happen :)

In the news @24hrs : Wall of Happiness Returns to Vancouver Streets By Patrick Colvin @FreeOfViolence #streetart #Gastown

24hr News article about the Wall of Joy Mural

24hr News article about the Wall of Joy Mural

More news on the Wall of Joy Mural. I love that this article also shares the perspective of Janice Abbott, CEO of Atira Womens Resource Society. Its thanks to her that this mural got the go ahead from the start. She is also responsible for raising more than half of the funding for the project! Forever grateful for the support I felt from everyone at Atira.

You can read the article at this link: http://vancouver.24hrs.ca/2015/08/26/wall-of-happiness-returns-to-vancouver-streets

Jump for Joy mural brings colour to Downtown Eastside – Metro News Vancouver by Emily Jackson #news #art #mural #Vancouver

MetroNews Vancouver

MetroNews Vancouver

MetroNews Vancouver - detail photo of the mural by Emily Jackson for MetroNews Vancouver Aug. 25, 2015

MetroNews Vancouver – detail photo of the mural by Emily Jackson for MetroNews Vancouver Aug. 25, 2015

Exciting week – The Wall of Joy Mural is finished and all over the news… I am overwhelmed by how beautiful the response has been to the mural. Im touched and humbled. I will post the news articles over the course of the day, there are a few. Love that the celebration of joy has been embraced so full heartedly. Happy, thank you everyone who has participated and contributed to create this work.

Follow this link to read the write up in the MetroNews Vancouver by Emily Jackson from Aug. 25, 2015

www.metronews.ca/news/vancouver/2015/08/26/jump-for-joy-mural-brightens-downtown-eastside.html

Whirlwind of jumping joy mural completion :) #jumpforjoymural #jumpmural #wallofjoy

Now that the Wall of Joy mural is done, I’ve had the pleasure of chatting to passers by (and jumping for joy a lot – this video sent in by Barbara Burkholder) and sharing my excitement about the project with the media. I am exhausted and so happy :) I love this project and work. I am so grateful to everyone who has participated and contributed to make this Wall of Joy happen.

An opening event – Community BBQ is in the works for September 9th, from 4:00 – 6pm.. will post details once things are set. The Wall of Joy Mural is located on the corner of Abbott and West Pender St.

See you soon!

A Playful Path – A sweet note on Jumping for Joy by @BernieDeKoven #playful #jumpforjoy

A Playful Path - A sweet note on Jumping for Joy by Bernie De Koven

A Playful Path – A sweet note on Jumping for Joy by Bernie De Koven

A Playful Path - A sweet note on Jumping for Joy by Bernie De Koven Photographs and mural by Eyoalha Baker

A Playful Path – A sweet note on Jumping for Joy by Bernie De Koven Photographs and mural by Eyoalha Baker

How nice to be included in the – A Playful Path website – a collection of ideas and tools to help us bring our playfulness back into the open. When we find ourselves forgetting the life of the game or the game of life, the joy of form or the content, the play of brain or mind, body or spirit.

www.aplayfulpath.com/jump-for-joy/

Tigress Magazine for Girls ART SERIES: Jump for Joy Project @tigressforgirls #girls #jumpforjoy #art

Happy to have a little write up in Tigress Magazine for Girls. Tigress consists of creative work by girls from all over the world, with aim aim to give you a magazine filled with great stories, art, advice, and information in the hopes of leaving you feeling empowered, accepted, and worthy. Im happy to contribute by sharing a little bit of jumping joy.

www.tigressmagforgirls.com/art/2015/8/art-series-jump-for-joy-project

Its Sekawnee Baker #jumpforjoyphoto of the day! @Sekawnee Aug 24, 2015 #Vancouver

Sekawnee is one of my amazingly wonderful and talented nephews :) It was a great pleasure to have him jump for joy and share his good vibes on the Wall of Joy… stop by and take a look at the mural, see if you can find him there.

Have a fabulous day!

Today is final touches to the Wall of Joy! #jumpforjoymural #wallofjoy #Gastown #mural #jumpmural

Photos of Eyoalha putting up posters on wall of joy by Gregory Mullaly

Photos of Eyoalha putting up posters on wall of joy by Gregory Mullaly

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This is it! Hope to get all the last touches done today (if my arms will hold out). I found a spot to add a couple more posters and I have to graffiti out the graffiti in my photos. I had no idea that having graffiti in my mural is illegal, the City of Vancouver has asked that I remove it. So, it ads another element to the mural. I will learn how to be an un-graffiti artist today :)

The #jumpforjoyphoto posters are up on the #wallofjoy a few last touch ups and it will be done! #Vancouver #art #mural

Getting the last posters up at the Wall of joy - jump for joy mural :)

Getting the last posters up at the Wall of joy – jump for joy mural :)

lastday

I will be chatting on CoOp radio on Redeye today just after 11am about my work on the Jump for joy Photo project and murals.. check it out!

Co-Op Radio interview on  Redeye Aug 22, 2015

Co-Op Radio interview on Redeye Aug 22, 2015

essentials to happiness in this life are… #quote #happiness #jumpforjoy

“The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.” – Joseph Addison

So close! The #jumpforjoymural is nearly done :) #gastown #Vancouver #publicart

I’m very close to being done the Wall of Joy mural :) This has been such a great experience that part of me doesn’t want it to end, but i know that there will be more wonderful things and joy-filled creations to come.

Please stop by and take a look at the mural 81 West Pender Street (corner of Abbott and West Pender St). If you post your pics to social media, please tag me or hashtag: #jumpforjoymural. #eyomural #wallofjoy #jumpmural or #jumpforjoyphotomural so I can find your photos and share them.

Have a wonderful day!

Tao Sheng #jumpforjoyphoto of the day! Aug 20, 2015 #Vancouver

Its Tao! Super woman jump for joy of the day :) MOre great energy for the Wall of Joy, come check out the Jump for Joy Photo Mural on the corner of Abbott and W Pender Street in vancouver BC Canada. Lots of good vibes.

Have a great day!