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!

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 :)

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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

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!

Wall of Joy is nearly done! Come visit – corner of Abbott and W Pender St #mural #Vancouver #Gastown

Wall of Joy mural located at Abbott and West Pender St, Vancouver BC Canada. Photos and mural by Eyoälha Baker www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com

Wall of Joy mural located at Abbott and West Pender St, Vancouver BC Canada. Photos and mural by Eyoälha Baker http://www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com

A few more days and I think I should be done the Wall of Joy mural :) This has been fun. Today is going to be a big challenge as I need to get close to the wall to work, but there is a giant billboard sign in the way… this should be interesting. Wish me luck!

Have a fabulous day!

Kevin Quinlan #jumpforjoyphoto of the day! @KQ_VanCity Aug 18, 2015 #Vancouver

One shot and we got it! Happy to have captured Kevin’s jumping joy to share with all of you :)

Have a fabulous day!


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a real magic in enthusiasm… #quote #jumpforjoy

“There is a real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.” – Norman Vincent Peale

Avelon Mott and Leigh Carter #jumpforjoyphoto of the day! Aug 17, 2015

Avelon Mott and Leigh Cater #jumpforjoyphoto of the day!

A hot summer day, taking jumping photos of friends at the playground. These two are simply lovely. Happy to share their jumping joy.. look for them on the Wall of Joy at the corner of Abbott and West Pender Street, Vancouver BC Canada. :)

Have a fantastic day!

The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences… #quote #jumpforjoy

“The very basic core of a (wo)man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.” – Christopher McCandless

It’s Wes Regan #jumpforjoyphoto of the day! @411Regan Aug 16, 2015

Full starfish jump of joy, reminds us of what it feels like to be a kid again :) Wes was a featured Jumper a couple of weeks ago.. learn more about Wes here. Our jump shoot was by beautiful Trout Lake in East Van. You can find one of Rgans jump pics up on the Wall of Joy on the corner of Abbott and West Pender. Still a work in progress but should be finished by the end of the week, stop by and take a look!

Have a fabulous day!


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Its Satara Malloch #jumpforjoyphoto of the day! Aug 15, 2015 #Vancouver #jump

We called her jumps – air time! Satara was one of 4 that met up with me at Spanish Banks to share her jumping joy for the Wall of Joy.. the group jump photo will be going up on the wall sometime next week. Stop by and take a look – corner of Abbott and Pender Street in Vancouver, BC Canada.

Have a fabulous day!


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throw open the windows of your soul… #quote #soul #jumpforjoy

“Your days are numbered. Use them to throw open the windows of your soul to the sun. If you do not, the sun will soon set, and you with it.” – Marcus Aurelius

Erikka Gilmore #jumpforjoyphoto of the day! Aug 14, 2015

Erikka’s jumps of joy look all like she is floating up, so lovely.

Have a wonderful day!


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Junko O’Hanley #jumpforjoyphoto of the day! Aug 13, 2015

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Vibrant jumps by Junko at Spanish Banks. Sharing her unique jumping style. Jump for joy!

Have a fun day!


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fall madly in love with life… #quote #lovelife #jumpforjoy

“Be passionate, fall madly in love with life. Be passionate about some part of the natural and/or human worlds and take risks on its behalf, no matter how vulnerable they make you. No one ever died saying, “I’m sure glad for the self-centered, self-serving and self-protective life I lived.” Offer yourself to the world — your energies, your gifts, your visions, your heart — with open-hearted generosity. But understand that when you live that way you will soon learn how little you know and how easy it is to fail.” _ Parker Palmer

those who live their dreams… #quote #jumpforjoy

“I believe life is constantly testing us for our level of commitment, and life’s greatest rewards are reserved for those who demonstrate a never-ending commitment to act until they achieve. This level of resolve can move mountains, but it must be constant and consistent. As simplistic as this may sound, it is still the common denominator separating those who live their dreams from those who live in regret.” – Anthony Robbins

Andrea Busse #jumpforjoyphoto of the day! Aug 11, 2015 #Vancouver

The lovely Andrea taking flight. Super jumping joy.. this will going up on the Wall of Joy in the next couple of days. Stop by and see if you can find her – the mural is located at the corner of Abbott and W Pender St, Vancouver BC Canada :)

Post your pics of the mural on social media with #WallfoJoy #jumpmural #jumpforjoymural

Have a fantastic day!


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Decide. Is this the life you want to live? #quote #decide #life #jumpforjoy

“So, do it. Decide. Is this the life you want to live? Is this the person you want to love? Is this the best you can be? Can you be stronger? Kinder? More Compassionate? Decide. Breathe in. Breathe out and decide.” – Meredith Grey

the play instinct acting from inner necessity… #quote #play #creativity #jumpforjoy

“The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect
but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.”
– Carl Jung

Richard Secrist is todays #jumpforjoyphoto of the day! Aug 9, 2015

Hard to believe this photo was taken in Vancouver.. its in Stanley Park near Lost Lagoon. Fun jumping joy to uplift your day.

Have a fantastic day today!


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there is a better life, a better world, beyond the horizon… @quote #hope #life

“We have always held to the hope, the belief, the conviction that there is a better life, a better world, beyond the horizon.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

First day of #jumpforjoyphoto posters up on the wall corner Abbott and W Pender St.

Thats me up there putting up posters. Photo by Alexandre Legere

Thats me up there putting up posters. Photo by Alexandre Legere

First row of Jump for Joy posters up on the Wall of Joy

First row of Jump for Joy posters up on the Wall of Joy

First day putting up posters for Wall of Joy corner of Abbott and West Pender St. Vancouver BC Canada

First day putting up posters for Wall of Joy corner of Abbott and West Pender St. Vancouver BC Canada

First day of putting up posters is complete! This was the hardest part, should go a bit more smoothly from here on. Lost 1.5 posters. One from the wind getting a little too playful and the other when I hit a patch of water repellant cement, the poster just wouldn’t stick and ended up too wet with glue to salvage. Need to sort something out with that.

My body is really feeling it today.. Im super sore and covered in bruises! Its all worth it though :) and will be out there again today again (its supposed to rain today at some point, so will have to hold up if it does. The posters need to be dry until I paste them to the wall).

I’ll keep you posted on the progress.

Have a wonderful day!

an inner dream that we can unfold if we will just have the courage… #quote #courage

“Each of us has an inner dream that we can unfold if we will just have the courage to admit what it is. And the faith to trust our own admission. The admitting is often very difficult. What we really want to do is what we are really meant to do. When we do what we are meant to do, money comes to us, doors open for us, we feel useful, and the work we do feels like play to us.” – Julia Cameron

#jumpforjoyphoto Mural update Aug. 6, 2013 – Ready to go… BUT 4 days of rain are around the corner #mural #jumpforjoy #gastown #dtes

Photos by Eyoalha Baker

Photos by Eyoalha Baker

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Im all ready to go! I have the posters ready, the lift ready, I’ve patched the largest holes in the wall, scraped down pealing paint and hammered down and removed rusted shards of metal and nails from the wall.. it’s a minor fix up job on a wall that needs major repairs.

However, I’ve made the decision to hold off on putting up the posters until next week as the forecast calls for rain 4 days straight as of Saturday. This is a tough decision as Im dying to get started. But, I don’t want to get half the mural up then have it rain for 4 days without being water proofed first.

So, I wait until the sun comes back next week… if the forecast is correct, my start date for the mural will be Wednesday :) Can’t wait!!!

I am a dreamer… #quote #jumpforjoy #oscarwilde

“Yes, I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can find his way by moonlight, and see the dawn before the rest of the world.” – Oscar Wilde

It’s Cory – the #jumpforjoyphoto of the day! Aug 5, 2015 #Gastown #Vancouver

This is Cory, he works at the Dominion Hotel. He has great jumping joy style and will be sharing his positive energy in the Wall of Joy.

Mural making update:

Started doing repairs on the wall yesterday and barely put a dent in it. The wall will not be perfect by any means but I hope to patch up all the largest holes, Ive already scraped off the pealing paint and removed most of the rusted metal shards sticking out from the wall.

Today calls for rain so wont be able to finish the patch work until tomorrow. Hoping to start putting up the posters by this weekend, if the weather stays clear :) So excited!

Have a fabulous day!

Alice and Shervin #jumpforjoyphoto of the day! Aug. 4, 2015

Alice and Shervin a sweet jump in COal Harbour for the wall of joy!

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whatever makes you feel alive and joyful, is your unique expression… #quote #joy #jumpforjoy

“While living in the present moment, the true source of experiencing joy lies in one act: discovering and following what excites us the most in any given moment each day, all day… What you do, whatever makes you feel alive and joyful, is your unique expression. And it is probably the only thing that will bring you true joy and excitement.” – Robert Anthony

say yes to life and have fun and project positivity all around you… #quote #jumpforjoy #yes

“When you are joyful, when you say yes to life and have fun and project positivity all around you, you become a sun in the centre of every constellation…” – Shannon L. Alder

praise and celebrate your life… @oprah #quote #jumpforjoy

“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” – Oprah Winfrey

The jump of the day is Katy Mackenzie! @MackenzieKaty July 29, 2015

The lovely Miss Katy stopped by to say hello the other day while I was making posters for the Wall of Joy. This is her jump for joy from last year – beautiful! :)

Down to the last few days to get the posters done before starting to prepare the wall next week. A lot to do in the next couple of days.. here we go!

Have a wonderful day!

Thank you to all who have helped make #jumpforjoyphoto posters for the mural so far :)

Just a few of the many poster making helpers this week – THANK YOU every who has come out so far :)

One more week of preparing the posters before I begin preparing the wall for the mural. Lots of wok to do and loving every minute of it!

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With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger… #quote

“Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident, and more and more successful.” – Mark Victor Hansen

Sheila Alwell #jumpforjoyphoto of the day! July 26, 2015

Sheila came to jump around with me at the entrance to Stanley Park. It was a vibrant sunny day and you can feel the joy in her jumps. Look for her on the wall of joy, coming soon to the corner of Abbott and Pender Street in Vancouver!

Have a fabulous day!

challenge brings happiness… #quote #challenge #happiness #jumpforjoy

“One reason that challenge brings happiness is that it allows you to expand your self-definition. You become larger.” – Gretchen Rubin

It’s the ZAG HeartBeats Team! #jumpforjoy @ZAGGroupHQ @IamSteveCurtis #zag #heartbeat #joy

We had a blast doing this massive team group jump! There were nearly 40 people here and amazingly we got a few shots with everyone up at once – amazing team work! I am super grateful to the Zag HeartBeats team for the generous contribution toward the Jump for Joy Photo mural. Thanks to the contribution for helping spread massive joy around the world :) Look for the Zag Heartbeats group jump on the finished wall!

Have a fabulous day!

we could have a paradise in a few years… #quote #joy #happiness

“If there were in the world today any large number of people who desired their own happiness more than they desired the unhappiness of others, we could have a paradise in a few years.” – Bertrand Russell

Catherine is the #jumpforjoyphoto of the day! July 24, 215 @FreeOfViolence #jumpforjoy #Vancouver

The lovely miss Catherine does work with a program called Enterprising Women Making Art run by Atira Womens Resource Centre. She and her friend Joseph were two of the first people to come help me make Jump for Joy Photos for the Wall of Joy :) And out of over 200 photos, she happened to pick up the pile that was her own photo, pretty cool. Look for her joy-full energy on the wall soon.

Have a wonderful day!

Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover… #quote #dream #jumpforjoy

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

Danton and Heather #jumpforjoyphoto of the day! @DantonJay @DJHLmusic July 23, 2015

Spontaneous jumping joy with these two lovely people. We stepped out of a roof top BBQ to snap a couple of jumps, and the joy lifted us all up :)

Look for them on the wall of joy… coming soon to the corner of Abbott and Pender Street in Vancouver ;)

Have a fabulous day!

Set your sights high… @marcandangel #quote #jumpforjoy #bigdreams

“Set your sights high. Make your dreams big, exciting and undeniable. They’re the ones that will push you forward. Whatever is beyond your reach right now will not always be beyond your reach. Keep going.” – Marc and Angel Hack Life

Optimism is a strategy for making a better future… #quote #future #jumpforjoy

“Optimism is a strategy for making a better future. Because unless you believe that the future can be better, you are unlikely to step up and take responsibility for making it so.” – Noam Chomsky

The jump for joy of the day is Tao Sheng! July 21, 2015

I met Tao recently and hit it off right away, she is a talented Journalist and editor for Rise Weekly. We had a fun time doing her jump photos in West Van. We found this beautiful tree with a patch of sunlight just before the sun began to set. Another jump for joy for the mural :)

Have a wonderful day!

Chatting on the radio about joy @storyshow @coopradio @eyoalha and Vanessa Woznow #vancouver #radio

Eyoalha Baker guest on The Storytelling Show w Vanessa Woznow on Coop Radio July 2015

Eyoalha Baker guest on The Storytelling Show w Vanessa Woznow on Coop Radio July 2015

Last night after a super long that started out with a jump for joy photo shoot, then fun, full day of poster making I was a radio guest on The Storytelling Show with my new sole friend, and host of the show Vanessa Woznow. We had a great time chatting… here is the link to the show, Enjoy: https://soundcloud.com/the-storytelling-show/joy

Have a wonderful afternoon!

Its Chris! #jumpforjoyphoto of the day! July 20, 2015 #Vancouver #dtes

I met Chris in a DTES ally while doing a Jump for Joy photo shoot.. we asked him to join in and he happily stopped what he was doing to share his jumping joy. Another fun pic for the wall of JOY!

Have a wonderful day!