7/16/07-Since I won the grant, I have painted a mural at Kristi House, an institution that provides psychological, legal, and financial support to the families of sexually abused children. Once I finished this one, my friends and I proceeded to paint two murals for Perrine Elementary. I am now starting a project of enormous proportions for Palmetto Elementary’s Library to promote reading that involves murals around the entire library. The Miami Herald will be doing a story on our group some time after this project starts. Before Christmas, Painting Smiles will also hold a few “art nights” for kids, engaging the participants in fun art-related activities such as various crafts and face-painting. The ticket price will be around $10 to cover the costs, and all profits will be donated to Kristi House.