Parker James Hooker, local artist, musician, renaissance man and Kindness Ambassador for Celebrating York’s Unity Through 10,000 Acts of Kindness, recently received his Kindness Coin after constructing a beautifully unique kindness sculpture.
Last October, Parker had been at i-ron-ic coffee shop. He wandered over to a table where York Area student kindness poster contest entries were being sorted for judging by Ten Thousand Acts of Kindness Team members. Scanning the numerous colorful and meaningful posters he said, “Something should be made out of that!” He was asked if he could make that happen.
Parker has a difficult time saying no, so he pursued his vision, which led to an amazing finished project. The poster winners’ artwork can be found in a mural/collage construction on a mini model of the York History center. Parker knew he wanted to use a local building, and the History Center fit his vision. The student’s art has been masterfully blended together and the sculpture is an amazing visual act of kindness.
Parker Hooker is creative and he shares that creativity freely wherever and whenever he can. He is a retired construction designer that sees art everywhere! His specialty is corrugated art. A self- taught musician, his instrument of choice is the harmonica. Parker shares his talent, playing in a band and volunteering to teach art and music to children and youth at the Championship Community Center.
The twinkle in his eye as he talks about the kids he meets at the center says it all. He cares about each one and is so proud of them. Parker is sensitive to children who have a hard time adjusting to new people and situations. He can relate as he spent most of his childhood traveling, attending nine schools in 12 years. He faced hardship but learned to overcome it with faith, a sense of humor and, of course, his art and music.
Today, as his daughter (one of his eight children) struggles with a brain tumor, Parker is met with the “tsunami of emotions” it brings. Still he uses his craft to reach out to others. With an easy shrug and a smile, he says, “Everyone goes through something. I find a way to relate.”
The Kindness Center of York Sculpture will be traveling around the county making stops at kindness poster winners’ schools. It will rest at each school for a week and will spend some time at the History Center of York. It will also be on display at Creative York as part of its February First Friday event, which will enable people of all ages to make Valentines and earn Kindness Coins. We recognize and thank Parker James for his creativity and kindnesses.
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About the project
A unity dinner is planned for June 30 in York’s Penn Park. Organizers hope the event will attract 10,000 people, breaking a Guinness world record for longest table. To earn a seat at the table, a person must perform a recognized act of kindness. Those who are recognized will receive a special coin. To learn more about the event or to nominate someone for a kindness coin, visit facebook.com/YorkActs.
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