Monday, March 8, 2010

Blog It Forward: What Inspires Chroma Lab

Welcome to Chroma Lab! If you're joining us from Blog It Forward (thank you Ami of Charm City Daily for pointing you our way last Friday), let us take a moment to introduce ourselves--we're Alicia and Tony of Chroma Lab, a Boston-based company that provides vibrant, modern color for your home through hand painted furniture, wall treatments, and clocks.

We love color--it's in our name! Color is what inspires both our everyday lives and the work we do for our company. We believe color has the potential to be truly invigorating and life-changing. For our post, we want to highlight a worthwhile non-profit organization that shares our philosophy. If you aren't familiar with it already, meet the exquisitely colorful and inspiring Publicolor!

Based in New York City, Publicolor is a non-profit organization who "use[s] color, collaboration, design, and the painting process to re-engage students in their education, schools, and communities, to ultimately transform them into productive members of our workforce."

Students and volunteers work together with Publicolor to transform run down, under-served schools with invigorating fresh coats of paint. The founder, Ruth Lande Shuman, believes that "simply transforming an environment through thoughtfully-chosen colors will transform attitudes and behavior." We couldn't agree more; that's why we started Chroma Lab!

Their site offers tons of information about what the organization does, including some inspiring before and after photos of schools that have had the transformational Publicolor treatment:

And there's color games on the site, too:

Wouldn't it be fun to caravan down to NYC and volunteer for the weekend? Laying down huge strokes of saturated color ranks very high on our list of satisfying things to do; to do it for kids who need a colorful boost would be just over the top goodness, don't you think?

Tomorrow, head on over to Citrus Hearts, where Bree blogs about what inspires her.


Clementine said...

Oh my gosh, that is extremely cool!! Thanks so much for sharing this, guys.

sfgirlbybay said...

wow! this is so awesome! thank you for sharing such worthwhile, and great inspiration. very cool.

Arcadia said...

i love the color choices for the school.

Chroma Lab said...

Cassie, Victoria, and Arcadia, I'm glad you like Publicolor! I think it's such an exciting organization.

Fringe said...

Such an awesome post. I'm completely smitten with the idea behind Publicolor. I can't tell you how much I feel art can turn anyone's life around. It's so healing to victims of any number of tragedies.

If I lived anywhere near them, I would most definitely be volunteering. I'd be there with bells on!

Thank you for sharing your inspiration...and for making me aware of Pulbicolor.


M and E said...

What a wonderful post! Thanks for bringing such an amazing cause to our attention!

Marisa Midori said...

What glorious colours! I needed this on a blah day today. Thanks for sharing!

Chroma Lab said...

Fringe, Tony and I share your enthusiasm for using color in a healing way. Maybe we should all think about doing something similar in our own neighborhoods!

Max & Ellie and Marisa, I'm so glad you enjoyed reading about Publicolor. Can you imagine how it must feel to go to a colorful school in the morning when it used to be blah?