If you see a painted rock around town, pick it up, take a photo, and post it on your Facebook or Instagram page, spreading the love. Need a weekend project? Paint some rocks and hide them all over town and make other people smile. That is the simple premise behind 615Rocks!.
Emily Gouldener started the 615Rocks! movement in Nashville after seeing many friends from her hometown of Memphis, TN, posting about painting and hiding rocks around town, and she wanted to bring that same happy vibe to Music City. “I loved that it was something positive instead of the negativity we see so often. After reaching out to one of the founders there to get a little wisdom and their blessing to bring it to Nashville, it all began! My son, husband and I painted a few to start. The first night we hid them was my favorite. Michael wasn’t home from work yet, so Hudson and I went through Bellevue dropping them off. After a little while, we realized Michael was trying to find us, tracking us through where the rocks had been dropped. A lot of laughs happened that night, especially from our 9-year-old. From there, it grew rapidly. I added friends from Facebook, gave painted rocks to moms in the car rider line at school and encouraged friends to get involved.”
It’s amazing how positive movements can take off. Since this began in mid-September of this year, there are already over 7,500 members of the 615Rocks! private Facebook group, which you can join here. You can follow along as people post photos of hiding rocks and discovering rocks. It’s really just happy, sweet fun.
Emily shared a couple of stories that showcase just some of the reasons people love 615Rocks! “A mom with a teenager told me that she loves 615Rocks! because instead of them both having their heads buried in phones, they are looking for rocks together and laughing the whole time. Another awesome result is seeing how different parts of the community are bonding. A local Girl Scout Group is partnering with a nursing home to paint the rocks together. After painting the girls will hide them and bring pictures back to the nursing home to show the residents how they helped to create and plant joy. Schools are offering 615Rocks! at local fall festivals as well as looking for ways to incorporate its mission into teaching students about kindness. We are even seeing home improvement stores and local stone companies in Bellevue and Cool Springs provide free rocks for anyone participating in the initiative.”
The rules (according to the 615Rocks! Facebook page):
What Is This?
615 Rocks! is a community initiative created to spread joy and encourage creativity.
What Do I Need To Get Involved?
- Rocks (Find in nature or purchase. Home Depot has huge bags in the garden center.)
- Acrylic paint or paint pens. Some people choose to spray paint the rocks before painting.
- Sealer (Krylon Acrylic Spray Sealer works great as does Rustoleum Clear Matte Spray Sealer. Many have also used a brush on called “Triple Thick” for a high gloss finish. Michaels and Home Depot carry options.)
Let’s Talk Rocks
- Be creative. Paint anything on your rock or be inspired by the shape!
- If you want your rock to be found and shared on the Facebook page, here are a few ideas for the back of your rock.
- Draw the Facebook “f” and write 615Rocks!
- Write 615 Rocks! on Facebook
- Post a pic on 615Rocks! on Facebook
- SEAL YOUR ROCK with sealer so your art doesn’t run.
- Go out and plant your rocks! Hide them anywhere, expecting someone will find it and smile.
- If you find a rock, snap a picture and upload to 615Rocks!
- Invite people to join the Facebook page @615Rocks!. The more painters and planters, the more joy that is spread!
Okay, is everyone ready to go paint some rocks and spread some joy?! We sure are!
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