“The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.”—Maya Angelou

About

THE DREAM

“Someday there will be Gratitude Houses throughout the world. They will be places where children can go, be surrounded by love, learn and share the notion of gratitude through the arts.”–Tara Dixon, mother and visual artist

found sidewalk graffiti, July 2012

WHY GRATITUDE?

Being grateful slows us down and teaches us to pay attention, become observant and aware of all the gifts of life. It is a game changer. It allows us to stop and take stock of all the positives. It invites us to notice and remember our connection to joy.

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TARA DIXON – Bio

Tara Dixon is an artist who has maintained a studio in Dumbo, Brooklyn for over 15 years and has sold her paintings professionally for 20 years. Her work can be found in private and corporate collections. A graduate of Connecticut College, she studied at The Art Students League and worked as a fashion stylist and window display designer to support her art. In 1994, she volunteered, teaching art at a Red Cross homeless shelter for NYC families and at The Children’s Museum in Soho. She taught art for three years at The Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn, NY. Before becoming a mother to her now 14 year old son, she was a private art guide and teacher to a Manhattan family for three summers. She has enjoyed being a chaperone on field trips to museums for his son over the years and in 2008 taught an after school art program at The Language and Laughter Studio in Brooklyn, NY. She served on the board of directors of The Flawless Foundation (a non profit that supports children with neuro-developmental and psychological disorders) from 2009-2012. In 2010, Gratitude Designs By Tara Dixon was born out of the idea of promoting gratitude. 10% of all sales help to support The Gratitude House.

WHAT IS THE GRATITUDE HOUSE?

The Gratitude House is, for now, a mobile concept. Tara Dixon, founder, brings The Gratitude House to you by visiting with groups of children through schools or organizations.

Curriculum includes:

Introduction to the topic of gratitude.
Group brainstorming defining “What is gratitude?”
Hands on activities include:
Gratitude Circle- Using a ball of yarn each child has the opportunity to share a gratitude.
Gratitude Journals- Using collage materials (including textiles, buttons, yarn, paints, paper, stamps, etc.) journals are made.
Painting, Drawing, Collage, Sculpting and Photography- Children are inspired to make art giving homage to what they are grateful for.
Projects include: self and family portraits, landscapes, pieces inspired by nature, still lifes of treasured objects.
The theme of gratitude is also explored through Poetry, Creative Writing, Music & Sound, Movement & Dance and Theater & Film.

Advisory Board-

John Kralik, best selling author of “A Simple Act Of Gratitude: The Year a Simple Act of Daily Gratitude Changed My Life.”
Dara Troshane, founder and director of SOULSHINE Studio, Port Washington, NY.
Leslie Williams, Phd candidate 2014, Teacher’s College, Columbia University, NY, NY.

We are always seeking passionate people who are interested in furthering this dream.

Please contact tara@thegratitudehouse.org.