“Girl Noticed is a community-based arts outreach project that through self discovery uncovers and showcases the unique strengths, contributions and abilities of females, illuminating their greatness and its value in society, as contributors to a global humanitarian philosophy.“
Created three years ago by artist Lori Pratico, it all begins with local communities nominating girls and women as candidates to be “Noticed” for their talents, strengths and character. An individual is then selected and recognized in a unique and compelling way. The girl’s image is drawn in charcoal along with the words “NOTICE ME”, on a large exterior wall. Nominations cover a wide spectrum, from overcoming personal struggles to momentous achievements. The individual chosen represents many others like them and has brought attention to subjects such as Asperger’s Syndrome, racism, poor body image, domestic violence, education, breast cancer awareness, and LGBTQ rights to name a few. The murals are done in charcoal, which will fade off the wall, adding a sense of urgency to “notice”. Notice the girl and what she values in herself, what makes her feel good about herself, before those things change or fade away. It is a temporary mural with a positive and permanent message.
To date over 24 females have been noticed in 10 states and Girl Noticed has received widespread media attention. It has been a pleasure to share many heartwarming moments with the girls and women of all ages who were inspired and empowered to notice what makes each one of us uniquely extraordinary, but we have only scratched the surface of what Girl Noticed sets out to accomplish. Girl Noticed is raising funds to expand its reach and impact many more young women throughout the country. A variety of workshops for all ages including those inline with The Common Core State Standards for Education, community discussions and presentations, as well as larger mural events are all being rigorously developed. It is Girl Noticed’s intention to award scholarships in each state we visit to lift the financial burden that is often associated with extracurricular activities, such as camps, lessons, fees and supplies. Let’s give young girls the opportunity to nurture and grow what is often the very thing that makes them feel good about themselves. We are working towards a day once a year where communities throughout the United States will host events celebrating girls and women. Local artists will be mentored to create their own charcoal murals and hold workshops within their communities.
For Lori, her artwork is not only her passion but also her voice. She is driven to inspire people to recognize that no matter what, there is always something about them extraordinary and worth noticing. As a teenager Lori’s life was greatly affected when a teacher nominated her for The National Honor Society and let her read the nomination letter. The small act of someone taking notice had a great impact on her life. “Most girls and women compare themselves to unrealistic norms society has put into place. We strive for perfection, and live in a constant state of I’m not good enough”, says Pratico. Girl Noticed reminds us to pause, acknowledge and appreciate others and ourselves.
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