THE SMILE Becomes Part of Roadside Americana History on the “World’s Largest Ball of Paint”

July 31, 2023
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On July 29, 2023, John was invited to install THE SMILE THAT CHANGED THE WORLD (is yours) as the 28,588th layer on the Guinness World Records' "World's Largest Ball of Paint." The "World's Largest Ball of Paint" was created by Mike Carmichael in...

THE SMILE Installation at the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs National Conference

July 31, 2023

  On July 27, 2023, John was joined by hundreds of LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs handlers, trainers, staffers, and dogs from across the country at the organization's National Conference in Northbrook, Illinois, for the largest live installation to date of THE SMILE THAT...

“The Kids are Cool!” — A Performance Art Piece

June 26, 2023

On June 23, 2023, John Schlimm debuted his first Performance Art piece titled The Kids are Cool! while he was guest-hosting the Summer Reading Kick-Off Party at the Barbara Moscato Brown Memorial Library. John invited the dozens of kids attending the event to...

Planting COMMUNITY: A Participatory Art Project

June 19, 2023

Planting COMMUNITY a participatory art project by John Schlimm INSTRUCTION: Below are the 9 letters of COMMUNITY. First, print out the sheet of letters, and then print the instruction page on the back. Next, cut the letters apart. Then, in secret places only...

“The Brain Scribble Project” ~ Pennsylvania Council on the Arts

May 12, 2023

As part of Mental Health Awareness Month -- May 2023 -- John partnered with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts to share his Participatory Art activity The Brain Scribble Project, which blends and celebrates the powerfully impactful intersection of ART x MENTAL HEALTH...

The Kindness Rocks & Smiles Community Project, 2020 – 2023: A Retrospective

February 28, 2023

In 2020, John Schlimm and Megan Murphy collaborated on a three-year project titled The Kindness Rocks & Smiles Community Project. This unique partnership paired John's Participatory/Interactive Art installation THE SMILE THAT CHANGED THE WORLD (is yours) with Megan's global phenomenon The Kindness Rocks...

“The Gen-Z Time Capsule” in The Warhol’s American Alliance of Museums’ Case Study

February 9, 2023

SO COOL to see The Gen-Z Time Capsule -- a collaboration between John Schlimm and The Andy Warhol Museum -- appear in the American Alliance of Museums' groundbreaking Case Study, Rebooting the Machine: The Warhol's digital pivots show how museums can help youth during...


October 8, 2022

On October 7, 2022, John Schlimm collaborated with Laughing Owl Press in Kane, PA, to debut the first 3-D version of his installation THE SMILE THAT CHANGED THE WORLD (is yours). More than 1200 folks of all ages shared and expressed their feelings...

“LOVE YOUR BRAIN!” Art Sticker

August 30, 2022

For my LOVE YOUR BRAIN! Art Sticker, I went old-school street artist, collaging, photocopying, printing, and cutting it myself. And now putting it wherever and whenever the mood strikes me. Below is a version that you can easily copy and paste into a...

“A Family Poem for the World”: A Participatory Poem-Writing Project

April 21, 2020

“A Family Poem for the World” A Participatory Project Created By YOU! Edited By John Schlimm, in partnership with Familius YAY! . . . and our hearts, breath, and prayer became one . . . Be the…

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