Jumping for Joy opened hearts and unified communities – Eyoälha Baker speaking at TEDxEastVan

My TedXEastVan talk is online! The short version of how Jump for Joy photos opened my heart, turned into murals and brought people together in the DTES of Vancouver: www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-MFCkjTEhY&feature=youtu.be

Photo by Michelle Hondl

Have faith, everything will be ok :) #jumpforphoto

“Faith is power. It changes your life by changing you. It places you on a different ground of being within yourself. It gives you a confidence based on something that’s in you but not of you, that can do for you what you can’t do for yourself … … and lifts you to positivity, which attracts more positive outcomes. Where we put our faith literally and directly influences what happens next.” – Marianne Williamson

Have faith, everything will be ok.

I’m feeling really excited today. The sun is shining, it’s getting warm in Vancouver and after hibernating most of the winter, I feel like I am blooming along with the flowers. I’ve just set up several jumping photo shoots over the next week and looking forward to getting back into spreading new joyful photos with you.

I have faith that all will go well and whatever happens next, will be wonderful:)

Have a great day!

Much love, Eyoalha

Surprise yourself, welcome new friends and celebrate more fully our shared humanity

JR - Jump for Joy Photo by Eyoälha Baker www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com

JR – Jump for Joy Photo by Eyoälha Baker http://www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com



“Each day holds a surprise. But only if we expect it can we see, hear, or feel it when it comes to us. Let’s not be afraid to receive each day’s surprise, whether it comes to us as sorrow or as joy. It will open a new place in our hearts, a place where we can welcome new friends and celebrate more fully our shared humanity.”
– Henri Nouwen

When I began approaching people who live in SRO’s (single room occupancies / low income residences), or on the street in the DTES of Vancouver to do jumping photos for my project. I was surprised by the willingness and openness of people who are struggling with all kinds of barriers and struggles in their lives including hunger, homelessness, drug addiction, abuse and mental illness. JR was one of those people who surprised me, he lives in the Arco Hotel which is the building I made the Wall of Joy mural on. He seemed very shy and withdrawn, but when I asked him if he would like to jump for joy for my project – he said yes:) He liked the idea of spreading joy around the world and wanted to take part. This really warmed my heart, and reminded me not to make judgements based on perceived appearances and gave me the opportunity to celebrate more fully in our shared humanity.

Look out for moments that surprise you, and cherish what they reflect back to you about yourself, and humanity.

Much love,

Eyoalha

What propels you forward each and everyday? @ashleighmcivor @D6MERIT

Ashleigh and Jay DeMerit Jumping Joy Photo by Eyoälha Baker for www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com

Ashleigh and Jay DeMerit Jumping Joy Photo by Eyoälha Baker for http://www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com

“Passion is defined as having or being compelled by intense emotion; a strong fondness or enthusiasm. It is a stirring within that possesses your being in a euphoric manner, creating a feeling of connectedness with yourself and an assurance that you are following your life’s path. It is what propels you forward each and everyday, each and every moment, and gives you the strength to pursue all that inspires you.”http://www.wikihow.com/Find-a-Passion-in-Life

When I think of passionate people with strength to pursue what inspires them… these two are a perfect example. I first discovered Jay DeMerit (ex-pro soccer player, and played in the world cup, entrepreneur) watching his talk at TedxVancouver. I was so impressed and inspired by the story he shared, by his incredibly positive energy and uplifting attitude that I immediately contacted him to ask if I could feature him in the Jump for Joy photo project. He not only said yes, he also brought his amazing wife Ashleigh McIvor-DeMerit, who just so happens to be an Olympic Gold Medalist!

When you hear the stories of determination and passion to reach a goal… or even better, following your life’s path, from two amazing people like this, it really does make you want to jump for joy.

Thank you Jay and Ashleigh, for reminding me that anything is possible.

Have a wonderful day!

Eyoalha

Sharing joy, the jumping beauty of Meg Taylor @freeofviolence

Meg Taylor jumps for joy! Photo by Eyoälha Baker www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com

Meg Taylor jumps for joy! Photo by Eyoälha Baker http://www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com

“Be the one who nurtures and builds. Be the one who has an understanding and forgiving heart. Be the one who looks for the best in people. Leave people better than you found them.” – Marvin J. Ashton

I loved the beautiful energy of Meg. When I was out scouting around for people in the DTES to take part in the second Jump for Joy mural, and she hopped in right away:) Unfortunately on the day I was working on the mural and about to paste her 6 ft poster to that wall, a big gust of wind came, crumpled the glue covered poster and it fell to pieces out of my hands. Her jumping pic never made it into the Wall of Joy mural (which is also, crumbling down and being removed very soon), but I love this photo of her and Im happy to share here and uplift you all with her energy. Im looking into a new art projects to make with the photos to keep on spreading the joy with my friends in the DTES.

Have a wonderful day!

Much love, Eyoälha

Happy love day to all the romantics in the world – Happy Valentines day!

I love that there is a day of the year designated to celebrating romantic love. Not for the consumerism or false expectations built up around romantic love but because I love any opportunity to celebrate love. … romance is really just thoughtful, kind gestures and creative ways of expressing the beauty of your love to someone who holds your heart. Happy love day to all the romantic lovers out there.

Eyoalha the human Valentine :) yay for love! Jump for joy!

Eyoalha the human Valentine:) yay for love! Jump for joy!

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!

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

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!:)

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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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:)

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:)

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!

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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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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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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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

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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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!

It’s Hongoro the #jumpforjoy photo of the day! @EWMASTORE Aug 2, 2015

It’s Hongoro from Atira’s Enterprising Women Making Art program:) We had a great time capturing these joy-filled jumps for the Wall of Joy, look for her in the mural going up in a couple of weeks at the corner of Abbott and Pender Street in Vancouver BC Canada.

Have a fabulous day!

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!

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!

The #jumpforjoyphoto of the day is Meg Taylor! @FreeOfViolence July 22, 2015

I met Meg at one of the Buildings run by Atira Womens Resource Society.. the box beside her is a bee home:) Jump for joy! Another pic for the wall of joy!

Have an amazing day!

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!

Its Patrick Smith! #jumpforjoyphoto of the day! July 19, 2015

I met Patrick briefly in the Hastings Community Garden while doing jump shoots with a couple of other people. He was game to jump, so we dis a jump for joy with him too:)

Another shot for the Wall of JOY:)

Have a wonderful day!

Dunya, Kyle and Ella #jumpforjoyphoto of the day! #family #jumpforjoy #fun #love

ONe of the funnest jump for joy photo shoots to date! When a little girl turns 3 and gets to wear a pretty party dress, hold a bouquet of balloons and jump around in mud on a beach with her mom and dad… just try and top that for a birthday present:)

Amazing day, full of love and joy! Picking a shot for the wall will be the hard part.

Have a fabulous day!

Its my brother – Kwakwee Baker #jumpforjoyphoto of the day! July 16, 2015 #Vancouver

This is my brother, Kwakwee. Its pretty amazing to see him jump for joy, when almost 25 years ago doctors told him he may never walk again after a near fatal car accident. But my brother proved to everyone that anything is possible and here he is today, not only walking, but flying:) Proud of him and all he has accomplished and overcome over the years. Another jump of joy for the mural!

Check out his awesome art work: Kwakwee Baker Artist

Have an amazing day!

Eyoalha Baker Interviewed about Jump for Joy Mural by @LeighKjekstad Unfiltered @globalbc #Vancouver #mural #jumpforjoy

Eyoalha Baker Interviewed about Jump for Joy Mural by Leigh Kjekstad on Unfiltered 2015

Eyoalha Baker Interviewed about Jump for Joy Mural by Leigh Kjekstad on Unfiltered 2015

http://globalnews.ca/video/2104908/downtown-eastside-mural-replacement

Today is the last full day to make a contribution on my Indiegogo fundraiser for the mural. Please help me spread JOY around the world. Make your pledge of any amount here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/vancouver-jump-for-joy-photo-mural/x/53648#/story

Speaking with @jodyvance + @riazmeghji on @BT_Vancouver about creating a massive wall of JOY #vancouver

This is it! The last full day to contribute to the jump for joy photo mural. There are now only 41 hours left in the fundraising campaign.

PLEDGE HERE TO HELP CREATE A MASSIVE WALL OF JUMPING JOY

Thank you for taking part in creating and spreading JOY around the world:)

Super fun group #jumpforjoyphoto ATTEMPT w camera timer @MarkBusse

If you are ever in need of a really good laugh and an energy boost.. try this: Get a group of fun people together, prop up your camera, set the timer.. and JUMP around. We video taped our attempt and its quite hilarious, we made need some practice to get the timing right. In this fun group jump attempt video / photo is Mark Busse, Andrea Busse, Claudio De Los Rios, Sylvia Rigakis and myself, Eyoalha Baker.

We never actually all made it up at the same time, but luckily Mark Busse is a photoshop wizard and he created an image of all of us up at once – see the finished product below the video:)

Photo by Eyoälha Baker and Mark Busse www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com

Photo by Eyoälha Baker and Mark Busse http://www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com

This is it! The last day to help create the jump for joy photo mural! Help spread the beautiful and fun energy of joy, pledge here: www.indiegogo.com/projects/vancouver-jump-for-joy-photo-mural

Thank you for helping create this joy-full work!

Charlene Ellen is the #jumpforjoyphoto of the day! @AlanoEdzerza #jumpforjoyphoto

The lovely miss Charlene wearing designs by Native artist Alano Edzerza. A little brightness and joy for your day:)

Getting down to the last couple of days of fundraising for the Jump for Joy Photo Mural. I need your help to make it happen. Imagine the effects of a massive wall filled with over 200 people jumping for joy on the hundreds of people passing by and sharing on social media. This wall of joy is for everyone, including you. Please make a small contribution and help make it happen.

Help spread joy around the world:
www.indiegogo.com/projects/vancouver-jump-for-joy-photo-mural/

Thank you for your help and have an amazing day!

It’s John Hodgson #jumpforjoyphoto of the day! July 10, 2015 #Vancouver

John is a music man. Many years in the music business and his love for performance show through in his awesome jumps of joy. Another fun photo for the massive wall of joy!

Only 5 days left to raise the remaining funds to create the Wall of JOY! Please help spread this beautiful, joyful energy around the world. Make a pledge of any amount here.

Have an amazing day!

Spreading jumping joy w @jodyvance + @riazmeghji on @BT_Vancouver #jumpforjoyphoto #mural

Breakfast Televison City TV with Jody Vance and Riaz Meghji

Breakfast Televison City TV with Jody Vance and Riaz Meghji

http://www.btvancouver.ca/videos/

Last chance to help create this wall of over 200 people jumping for joy: www.indiegogo.com/projects/vancouver-jump-for-joy-photo-mural/

Have an amazing day!

Todays #jumpforjoyphoto Shayna Keesic! @FreeOfViolence #joy #Vancouver #mural

The lovely Miss Shayna jumping for joy on a beautiful, hot sunny day in Vancouver. I met her at one of the SRO’s run by Atira Women’s Resource Society. We got a couple of great shots so choosing one for the mural will be tough:)

We are down to the last 10 days of the fundraising campaign.. please take a moment to read about the massive wall of joy and contribute if you feel moved by the work.

Have a wonderful day!

never lose sight of the reason for the journey… #quote #journey #fly #jumpforjoy

“We may run, walk, stumble. drive, or fly, but let us never lose sight of the reason for the journey, or miss a chance to see a rainbow on the way.”― Gloria Gaither

Todays Jumpforjoyphoto is Jenna! July 3, 2015 @FreeOfViolence #joy

I met Jenna at the Arco building which is an SRO run by Atira Womens Resource Society (location for the Jump for Joy photo mural I am creating). We went to this park a few blocks away and got some really amazing jump pics:) Can’t wait to post this one to the wall.

Im in the final count down for raising the fund to create this massive wall of joy, if you feel moved by the joy expressed in my images, please take a moment to help spread massive joy around the world. A pledge of any amount will help make it happen.

Have a wonderful day!

Jump for Joy Photo Project + Atira Womens Resource Society join to create massive #mural #Vancouver

Make your pledges here and spread massive joy!

Jump for Joy of the day is Kim Dixon! July 2, 2015 #jumpforjoy #Vancouver #art

Such a sweet jump of joy! Kim is a dance teacher for a group of super talented girls in ProArte dance centre. This pic was snapped after a performance the girls did in Ambleside park, West Vancouver.

Another pice of the 200+ photos to be included in the massive mural puzzle. Just under 2 weeks left to raise the funds to complete the mural!

Would love your support to create this massive wall of joy. Learn more about the project and make a pledge of any amount here.

Have a wonderful day!

It’s Bianca Solterbeck @b_solterbeck celebrating Canada! @itsthattalkshow #jumpforjoy #canada #flag

The absolutely stunning and loads of fun Miss Bianca Solterbec jumped for joy at magic hour on the green roof of Coal Harbour’s Cactus Club. Bianca is jumping with the Canadian flag because it’s Canada Day today! Her family immigrated to Canada from Germany when she was 6 years old and she is celebrating having the opportunity to grow up as a Canadian… (she will be featured soon, sign up for the newsletter to learn more about Bianca:)

So many photos turned out beautifully from this shoot it will be difficult choosing which one to put on the Jump for Joy Photo mural…

Assuming I get all the funds in the next two weeks, I will begin work on the 18,000 sq ft mural in the beginning of August.

Time is passing by fast, please help me make the massive wall of JOY…

make a pledge of any amount here.

Have an amazing day!

Todays #Jumpforjoyphoto of the day is Kelsey Wilson! June 30, 2015

This is Kelsey. I met her at one of the Atria Women’s Resource Society SRO’s. She was in right away when I asked her if she wanted to Jump for JOY for the mural. She even asked me if she could volunteer to help when I start putting the posters together for the 18,000 sq ft mural – before I even mentioned that I would need volunteers. I love her enthusiasm and excitement for the project:)

Please help me make it happen! I only have 2 weeks left to raise the remaining $11,590 to cover expenses for the mural. Make a pledge of any amount here and help spread massive JOY around the world.

Thank you and have an amazing day!

It’s Grant Barton #jumpforjoyphoto of the day! June 29, 2015 #Vancouver #joy

Grant jumping for joy and pretending to be part of a cool mural in Chinatown. This is one of the cool things about public art, it becomes interactive. This was fun… now, imagine a massive wall of people jumping for joy!:)

Please help make the 18,000 sq ft wall into reality. Make a pledge of any amount here: JUMP FOR JOY PHOTO MURAL 2.0 – BIG JOY

Have an amazing day!

Article about #jumpforjoyphoto mural – published in Chinese Magazine – Rise Weekly #Art

Rise Weekly - Chinese Publication June 26, 2015 Photo of Sunny Lenarduzzi by Eyoalha Baker

Rise Weekly – Chinese Publication June 26, 2015
Photo of Sunny Lenarduzzi by Eyoalha Baker

Jumping in this pic, the fabulous: Sunny Lenarduzzi

imagejpeg_(1) Jumping in these pics, the amazing: Mark Brand, Fiona Forbes, Zen, Paula + Michael Robinson, Kenny Huang, Brock Tully.

So cool… I was honoured when contacted by the super talented journalist Tao Sheng, Editor of Chinese Magazine – Rise Weekly. She has featured the Jump for Joy Photo Project and my fundraising efforts for the Jump for Joy Photo Mural 2.0 BIG JOY.

She discovered my project through my Instagram feed (social media rocks). We met up to chat about the mural, how people can get involved, and even be in the mural by pledging on the Indiegogo Campaign.

I was happy to share a few the fun pics of amazing people, doing good things in the world who have taken time to be part of the project so far. We even talked a bit about me doing a Jump for Joy mural in Beijing one day!:)

But first, I will need to raise the funds for the 18,000 sq ft Jump for Joy Photo Mural 2.0 BIG JOY I’m working on in the DTES of Vancouver. Right now, I have less than 17 days to raise the remaining $12,000 or, I wont have the money to create this epic wall of joy.

I need your help to make this massive wall of joy a reality. Help spread joy – follow this link and make a pledge of any amount. Every little pledge counts and helps spread joy around the world.

A warm hearted thank you and have a wonderful day!

Todays jump of joy is Maja Aro! @majaaro @BulliesKeepOut #jumpforjoyphoto #Vancouver

Maja is an incredibly skilled, professional stunt woman and spokeswoman for Bullies Keep Out. SHe was a lot of fun to shoot with, she can really do some crazy jumps! I like how serene she looks in this one, so pretty. It will be hard to decide which of he photos to put up in the mural, we got a lot of fun and creative shots.

Whats your jumping style? Help spread massive joy around the world!

Have an amazing day!

Its J.P. Holecka! #jumpforjoyphoto of the day! @jaypiddy #Vancouver June 26, 2015

JUMP FOR JOY! Its JP Holecka!

I meet JP y e a r s ago, we worked on a film together (It was my first film and he showed me the ropes). We’ve run into each other occasionally over the years and its always a pleasure to catch up. Thanks to social media, we have been able to stay in touch and it’s been wonderful to watch family and career grow over the years… He created: powershifter.com which has beed massively successful, so happy for him!

So it was a pleasant surprise to have JP be the first person to pledge for a solo jump shoot and he will have his photo up on the wall! Thanks JP!!!

Would love to have you be a part of this heart felt community project as well… please take a moment to check out how you can take part in the creation of the massive wall of jumping joy. Be part of the JUMP FOR JOY MURAL 2.0

Have a wonderful day!

Shaw TV Recording studio for That Talk Show @Eyoalha Baker Bianca Solterbeck and @PeterVerge

Shaw TV Recording studio for That Talk Show - Eyoalha Baker, Bianca Solterbeck and Peter Verge

Shaw TV Recording studio for That Talk Show – Eyoalha Baker, Bianca Solterbeck and Peter Verge

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At Shaw TV recording studio for That Talk Show this morning to promote the Indigogo Fundraiser for the Jump for Joy 2.0 Mural. Bianca Solterbeck and Peter Verge had a quick chat with me and of course, we jumped for joy…:)

The interview airs tonight, June 25 at 10:30pm.

I need to raise $12,515 in less than 19 days in order to create this epic wall of jumping joy. Over 200 enlarged photographs of people jumping for joy (6ft x 6ft and 4ft x 6ft) will be pasted to an 18,000 sq ft wall in Vancouver’s DTES.

The wall the photos will be posted to is a SRO (single room occupancy) run by Atira Womens Resource Society. The mural will be a massive joy filled collage of people served by Atira and people of all walks of life from all around the city.

Full story and video explaining the project here

I need your help to create this beautiful, uplifting work that will bring people together and be shared around the world.

Please consider making a contribution of any amount, every little bit will help to reach the goal.

Thank you for helping spread the joy and uplift hundreds of peoples days:)

Contest! Want to be in the #jumpforjoy photo #mural for free? Check this out :) #contest

Hi!

Im still going with fundraising for the 18,000 sq ft Jump for Joy Mural Project..

I only have 22 days left to raise funds in order to create the mural.

The pledging for the new mural has been quite slow the past couple of days…

SO, heres a contest / incentive to help get some pledges in and get you on the wall …

The first person to get 8 people to make a pledge of $25 or more will get a FREE JUMP SHOOT with me and a PHOTO ON THE MURAL! The people who make the pledges must put your name in the comment section of indiegogo after theve pledged for the pledge to count (and must be in Vancouver to do the shoot). GO GO GO!

Here is the link: http://igg.me/at/Lc-KC54o76I/x/53648:)

Thanks for taking part and have a great day!

Eyoalha