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Story in the Public Square Welcomes Jeff Sparr to Story Board

Nationally acclaimed artist, advocate and storyteller Jeff Sparr, founder of the renown PeaceLove Studios, has joined the Story in the Public Square (SIPS) Story Board, the creatively and culturally diverse advisory body to the program at Salve Regina University’s Pell Center.

In addition to his many professional accomplishments, Jeff is a tireless champion and friend of people who, like him, live with mental illness. In building PeaceLove Studios into a national force, Sparr has inspired and helped countless others from many stations in life.

“I am honored to join this wonderful organization that truly understands the power of story and its ability to mobilize positive change in the world,” Sparr said.

“After hearing about Jeff for some long while, I finally met him last year and wrote a story about him and PeaceLove for The Providence Journal,” said SIPS director G. Wayne Miller. “The studio, the man, the mission – all blew me away. He is an incredible addition to our Story in the Public Square family.”

Among other events this spring, Sparr will preside over the 2016 Peace of Mind Storytellers event, on May 19 at Sapinsley Hall at Rhode Island College. The day “will bring together leaders in the mental wellness space to share their stories and the work they are doing to help create peace of mind in the world. We create an experience that is unlike any speakers conference you’ve been to before,” according to the PeaceLove folks. To register, visit

See the other Story Board members here.

Story in the Public Square is a partnership of the Pell Center and The Providence Journal.

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