The Record Fall 2014 - B - Blessed


Beky Smith '12 Produces a #Blessed Video

Social media posts including the hashtag “#blessed” are published more than 19,000 times per day, explains Jessa Wilcoxen, assistant professor of digital media. This realization prompted her to launch, an artistic study of the popular hashtag.

GC Vision Work as WorshipOn the site’s blog, a Twitter feed of #blessed tweets scrolls in real time. The posts range from sincere to silly, inviting visitors to grapple with the hashtag’s religious and secular meanings. Wilcoxen says, “ is a way to more fully integrate my faith with my teaching and scholarship.”

The site also features artwork by graphic designers, including images and videos produced by current students and alumni, all intended to explore the theme of blessings and inspire gratitude.

Among the work featured on is a video produced by digital media graduate Beky Smith '12, who works as the communications director at Door Creek Church in Madison, Wisconsin.

Smith responded enthusiastically to Wilcoxen''s invitation to create artwork for the site. "My friend, Becky, wrote a post about feeling blessed and I wanted to creatively share her story," Smith says. "It gave me the opportunity to make something creative outside my usual work projects."

Watch the video, "Becky's Blessing," below.

Becky's Blessing from Beky Smith on Vimeo.

Reflecting on what #blessed means to her, Smith says, "To me it's about giving credit where credit is due, giving thanks to God for the many things we have to be thankful for."

View the other inspiring artwork at

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