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The Big Picture

"Every little act contributes to the Big Picture, no matter what obstacles you have to face."

Project Details

“The Big Picture” is about showing that every little act is important and that people-no matter how old they are or what obstacles they have to overcome - can make a difference. This concept can be applied to people of all ages and helps to promote the mental wellbeing of a sick person. Simultaneously, this project helps to promote volunteerism as people can get involved in numerous ways regardless of their skills. The idea is to get a sick person who is coming to a clinic or is in a hospital involved in decorating the clinic/ward in order to give them a sense of ownership.

Together, we work with the patients to produce paintings where anything is possible (pink grass, orange skies, purple fences)! After everyone has contributed, I put some finishing touches and frame and donate the picture to the clinic/ hospital so the patients can see their work daily.

All paintings developed by this project are copyrighted to the Big Picture Project and are not the property of the patients or the volunteer artists. All original paintings will be donated and cannot be resold. All funds from sales of prints will be used 100% to cover costs of The Big Picture project or for a donation to another cause which will be clearly stated at the time of the sale.

A Little Bit About Me

My name is Shanika Silva, and I am attending the University of Southern California. I am in the World Bachelor of Business Program where I will be studying business in three Universities: University of Southern California, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi in Italy. Advocacy and leadership activities have always been an interest of mine.

I have been a student at Betsy Miller’s “Colors of The Heart” art studio for the past eleven years and have experience in pastels and acrylic paints. When I was younger, my teacher used to do a similar project with the children at the elementary school, and I remember everyone loving it. To this day, I can still point at the piece of the picture that I colored. This experience left a big impression on me when I was younger, and I am hoping to do the same for others now.

"The Big Picture" in the Sri Lankan newspaper "Daily Mirror Life"

How Can You Help?

  • Volunteer and offer your time.
    If you are interested in being a volunteer please contact me at ReviveToSurviveOrg@gmail.com.

  • Donate to Revive to Survive-Big Picture.
    100% of your tax deductible donations will go towards buying supplies and framing paintings. Project progress will be updated on this website as well as “The Big Picture” Facebook page. Any amount, no matter how small, helps with “The Big Picture”.


Fatimah Sayeed
Operations and Public Relations officer

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