A single Minnetonka style can be worn a million different ways. In our Well Worn series we spotlight unique individuals who seek to stand apart not only in what they wear but what they do.
Inspired to remind her community that there are simple, small ways to be kind every single day, Sarah Edwards set out to create a “no-strings-attached” way of volunteering. From that simple idea came the creation of I AM Kindness. The mission? To promote good will by creatively inspiring and surprising people with small acts of kindness.
Recently Minnetonka was invited by Sarah Edwards and Carrissa Glarner to take part in an upcoming art gallery show. The concept of the show is simple: make art available to everyone not simply by the price tag, but instead by each individual’s commitment to perform one act of kindness in their community. Those acts of kindness can earn them a one-of-a-kind piece of art with a unique story and reminder behind it.
This Saturday, February 21 at the Burnet Art Gallery in Minneapolis, Sarah and Carrissa will host the first I AM KXNDNESS art show. Inspired by the talented pool of artists around them, they set out to not only celebrate great art but also to connect the artists’ work to something they truly care about. And at the same time bring awareness to all the great nonprofits and organizations available in their community.
Since starting I AM Kindness Sarah said she has “finally learned the meaning of really feeling alive when you are thinking outside of yourself.” Along with meeting so many great friends and collaborators, Sarah said her heart has been made completely full since beginning I AM Kindness. At a past event where they provided glamorous makeovers at a senior center, being able to pamper senior citizens while listening to their stories had a huge impact on her.
Since working with Sarah, Carrissa has learned that nothing is impossible. “If you can dream it, and you believe in it, you can do it. There are already so many phenomenal people in this world giving their time and resources to many different organizations. But in every act, it’s important to remember the basics of where our concept came from. The small acts are just as important as the grand gestures.”
Besides inspiring others with the love and kindness they are spreading, Carrissa says people inspire her every day. “Whether it’s people I know or don’t know and just see/hear, I like to acknowledge my surroundings and pay attention because I think the world is full of opportunities for us all to make genuine connections.”
What’s next for I AM Kindness? The organization is growing and working on a few exciting upcoming events. At the end of April, I AM Kindness is planning to host a generational fashion show at Varsity Theatre and screening of the documentary Advanced Style. It is going to be a fun day filled with fashion, brunch, mimosas, and celebrating beauty at all ages.