The Values Project is a public art project that connects communities by stenciling values words, like “Integrity”, "Tolerance" and "Compassion" in an unexpected place: in front of parking spaces in parking lots.
On October 18, artist and Values Project founder Peter Hassen and his team painted positive words in parking spaces at the libraries
, Belle Cooledge
, Colonial Heights
and South Natomas
Hassen led at least two community meetings at each library, working with local residents to come up with a list of words they wanted to include. Every message is painted in both English and one other language in order to reflect the local community of a given area, such as Spanish, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Hindi, Russian, Tagalog and Mien.
The group completed a similar project in Napa County in 2011, painting more than 500 messages at 31 locations.
"They're aspirational qualities," Hassen said. "I have no agenda in trying to drive specific words. I'm being reflective of the community's values."