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Teaching Artist: Patricia A. Barrera

Assistant: Sophie Taylor-Havens

Site: Esperanza Academy Charter School (High School)


About the Project:

I believe in the power of art as a resource for a more meaningful, fulfilling life. I am committed to using the arts to build community by bringing citizens, students and artist together to address urgent societal problems. At a time when needs are overwhelming and financial resources are shrinking,


I believe that artists can offer creative leadership as problem solvers, educators, and agents for change. Through the Hummingbird Foundation I was able to work with students from Esperanza Academy High School and investigate the impact of violence on our lives and the role that the arts can play in bringing community together to work toward solutions, process complex emotions, and respond to difficult situations. Through this project students were invited to feel, heal, transform, and become part of the solution.


We painted two mini peace murals and the students worked on individual works of art in an effort to create a culture of peace in their school and community.

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