December 24, 2013
With street art I have helped myself feel more at home in an environment I felt totally alienated from, in a culture I did not understand. By doing so I have -without trying to- helped many in my city also feel a sense of belonging and community. Right now I am teaching what I have learned to children in art therapy programs and to Somali refugee children. My basic principle is that if you let a child shape even the tiniest part of what seems to them like the most immutable aspect of his/her lives: the physical environment he/she lives in, then you are showing that child that anything they experience as a constant (from poverty to domestic abuse to gang violence) CAN be changed. My dream is to expand my teaching and art practice all across the world, from Houston to Kinshasa. Maybe by being an itinerant speaker... Maybe by establishing programs/schools around the globe... I am not sure... And that's why I need you -a community of Social Changers- to dialogue with and exchange ideas!
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I am a street artist and an activist. I consider myself a global art therapist and the main subject I wrestle with is exclusion and alienation. I have started doing workshops with kids and am also venturing into inspirational speaking.