The #BeKind walls around the campus welcome students to their homes
Brutus Buckeye, Dandelions, and Candy Hearts all have one thing in common – they can be spotted in community-designed murals across campus.
The winners of the #BeKind Instagram Wall competition, held during the spring semester, now have their art stuck on several of the busiest residences on campus. Grown with a grant from the Center for HumanKindness through the Columbus Foundation, #BeKind Instagram Walls are a great way to showcase art from the Ohio State community and give to a handful. of nonprofit organizations, Tracy Stuck, director of community partnerships and innovation in the Office of Student Life, said.
“We kind of came up with this concept around cuteness and really thought it would be great to have a competition to really select amazing artists,” Stuck said. “And the good thing is that we had entries and we let faculty, staff, students, alumni and the community all submit. So there was a wide variety of submissions, and we had over 90 submissions. “
The #BeKind Instagram Wall contest was designed to encourage photography and exploration of different points on campus as well as philanthropy, Stuck said. The five contest winners each received $ 500 to donate to a nonprofit organization of the Columbus Foundation Donation Store, which she said underscored the initiative’s goal of spreading kindness.
With the semester fresh underway, Stuck said she hopes the murals around campus serve as an inspiration for students to be kind to themselves and to each other.
“We’re just glad people are excited about them, you know, and we waited to put them in place right before [classes] because we wanted them to be fresh and pretty and ready to go, ”Stuck said. “I just hope that as many students as possible can stop by to take pictures and spread Buckeye’s kindness around the world.”
Taylor Miracle, a sophomore in forestry, fishing, and wildlife and one of the contest winners, said she wanted her #BeKind design to be a compilation of what Ohio State students love the most. “Brutus Polaroid,” which can be found at Norton House, is in the same format as a Polaroid photo, with a smiling Brutus flashing a peace sign outside the Ohio stadium.
“Well, if it’s okay on a wall, I know a lot of people like to take pictures with wall art, and I know everyone loves Polaroids. So I was like, ‘You know what? I’ll combine the two, ”Miracle said. “And then again, I was like, ‘Well, everyone loves Brutus. Everyone loves football.
Miracle said its design eventually garnered support from the original Brutus creator when it came time for about 25 Columbus-area judges to pick the winners. True to its specialty, Miracle has chosen to donate its charitable earnings of $ 500 to the Franklin County Humane Society.
“I always see they are overfilled,” Miracle said. “And obviously it’s not the animals’ fault, so I thought giving them some money would be very helpful so they could buy supplies or do whatever they need to do for them.”
Kim Traverse, interior designer for the Office of Student Life’s Facility Planning and Design and one of the #BeKind competition winners with her design, “Scatter Kindness”, was busy spreading kindness by helping students move into the dorms last week – one of which, Smith-Steeb Hall, now claims its design.
Traverse chose to donate his winnings to Girls on the Run of Central Ohio, per the Kindness of the State of Ohio website. While she herself was able to spread the cuteness by entering the contest, moving students to residences, and donating to Girls on the Run, Traverse said her inspiration behind her design came from her desire to see all Buckeyes also encourage cuteness.
“I really hope that, you know, we Buckeyes disperse the cuteness,” Traverse said. “As human beings, this is what we should be doing. Anyone can use kindness, whether receiving it or giving it.
According to Stuck’s Facebook page, #BeKind Instagram Walls can be found at Smith-Steeb Hall, Bradley Hall, Norton House, Scott House, and Houck House for members of the Ohio State community to take photos with, post on social media, and use. to spread kindness.