The Positive Painting Project is a local non-profit endeavor created to honor the memory of our daughter, Katie Whysong. Katie was an avid art student who struggled with depression. She had a huge heart and an amazing idea that we’ve since made our project's mission: using visual art to share positive and encouraging messages in schools and community spaces. This is typically achieved by holding painting events at schools or festivals, allowing everyone to participate. These one-of-a-kind paintings are then screen-printed with messages encouraging mental health awareness, positivity, & support. They are then installed around the local schools and community spaces by students and volunteers.
Our goal is to use this visual art to help de-stigmatize how we talk about mental health, to encourage seeking help when struggling, and frequently check-in with friends. We are part of a global movement aimed at ending suicide and the stigma surrounding mental health — especially with our youth.
Katie tragically lost her battle with depression on March 10, 2021, yet her spirit continues to fight the war. It is in her honor "The Positive Painting Project" was born.
Check out the whole story at PaintPositive.org