Ben’s Bells Project is opening a downtown studio in the Roosevelt Row Arts district with a Grand Opening Celebration is set for 6-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18 at the studio, 417 E. Roosevelt St.

Ben’s Bells was founded in 2003 after the sudden death of Tucson resident Jeannette Maré’s 2-year old son, Ben. The simple, everyday acts of kindness following his death helped Maré survive and begin to heal. She was inspired to establish the Ben’s Bells Project as a way to recognize and continue the kindness shown to her.

On the first anniversary of Ben’s death, 400 bells were hung in public places in Tucson for strangers to find. To date more than 46,936 bells have been hung in Tucson and beyond.

In addition to bell distributions, Ben’s Bells Project provides kindness education programming for more than 320 schools, reaching more than 180,000 students.

The Grand Opening Celebration will feature Ben’s Bells kindness-themed activities, temporary tattoos, refreshments and giveaways. Meet the Ben’s Bells staff including Phoenix Studio Manager Christy Brown and Founder/Executive Director Jeannette Maré.

“We wanted to find a place with a lot of character and soul and we couldn’t be happier with the space Greg Esser and Cindy Dach offered,” Maré said. “The studio space is beautiful and the perfect environment for groups of all kinds to gather to work on Ben’s Bells and to engage in kindness education activities.”

For more information, call 602-374-5523 or visit



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