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RUTH KAISER is a mom, an artist, an actor, and a teacher. Her Internet-based Spontaneous Smiley project is made up of thousands of people photographing and posting smiley faces they find in everyday objects. (This was started long before the recent American Express ad campaign featuring similar images.) In August 2009, Spontaneous Smiley began a partnership with the charity Operation Smile, which funds surgeries for children around the globe with facial deformities. A smiley upload earns a $1 donation to Operation Smile.
Spontaneous Smiley, which has recieved well over 13 million page requests, has been used in high-school art projects in New Jersey and Washington State, and for a Girl Scout troop in California. It has gotten lots of press globally—including China—and it was recently featured on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric.
Love it! So Cute! It will go nicely in my book corner in my art classroom. Something all ages can relate to. "Found" smiles and colors! That will be a fun lesson.Published on February 13, 2013 by Artmom
Nothing is better than starting (or ending, or middling) your day with a smile. Ruth has changed the way I see the world. I see smileys everywhere!Published on December 20, 2012 by Tom Goss
Such an adorable idea with a great message on each page. It's fun finding smiley faces when we are out and about - a smile around every corner and practically in every bite. Read morePublished on November 12, 2012 by Anonymous
Smiles not only boost your mood, they are also contagious. Seeing the positive and the smiles in everything will improve your life. Read morePublished on July 22, 2012 by T. Murrell