The students painted a mural at their school, with a message to their community: "We create our future."
Expanding on this theme, students painted self-portraits in the past, present, and future, which they exhibited at their school.
The young artists also came up with a list of the biggest environmental problems in their region, and processed these into visual messages for their fellow citizens.
Finally, they painted these messages on garbage bins to raise community consciousness of environmental issues.
We finished off the day with beach clean-up, in an effort to practice what we preached!

Ghana

Several friends and I spent some time at Baan Unrak Children's Home in Sanglaburi, Thailand and painted a series of murals there, including this commissioned "Door To Enlightenment."
Next, we have our "handscape," in which the Burmese refugee children made pledges to respect the earth in numerous ways.
Each placed their painted hand on the mural to mark their promise and to add to the landscape, as a flower, leaf, or butterfly.
Finally, the calming sea scape mural in the kids' library.

Thailand

cambodia

el salvador

In Guatemala I collaborated with an organization building a vocational school out of recycled materials to do a variety of environmental art projects within the community. These are sculptures made from the sidewalls of tires.
I worked with a local teacher to design a coloring book that uses an enticing plot to explain how to make an “Ecoladrillo:” a plastic bottle stuffed with trash, which can be used in construction.
We joined with a group of 300 local kids to spend a day collecting trash, packing eco-ladrillos, and using the garbage we gathered to make sweet trash art.
Using wood, plastic bags, plastic, aluminum, and rubber, I made five different interactive signs that asked park visitors environmental trivia questions based on those materials.
After collecting lots of trash off the streets, a small group of girls and I made a bunch of trash kites. What they lacked in flying ability, they made up for in style.
On an intensely rainy day I painted these welcome mats on the floor of the Volunteer House. "Sweet Dreams."
Using scraps from construction, we made these garden signs to inform visitors about the medicinal benefits of the plants.
With all volunteers joining in, we were able to finish this mural ("The earth is home for us all...Let's take care of it!") in less than two days!
I paired up with an amazing artist from Art Corps to paint this mural in a rural community depicting environmentally-friendly farming techniques.
I worked with a rural school located outside of Xela, and painted a community mural on canvas with the local kids for the new Casa de Salud ("Health House") that was being built.
Finally, we painted this mural to encourage recycling at the school: "The universe is infinite, but we have only one small world: Let's take care of it!"

guatemala

During my year-long Fulbright grant teaching English in Malaysia, numerous artistic adventures occurred, including the formation of this mural club.
I also created an arts-focused recycling program.
Although I was officially teaching English, I integrated a wide variety of art projects in the classroom.
During our English and the Environment Camp we did a giant beach clean-up with several hundred Malaysian adolescents.
Students collected mass amounts of garbage in their bags.
We used the collected rubbish to create trash monsters.
Finally, The Promise Tree mural offered a series of rhyming suggestions for ways to better care for the environment. "You're the superhero, saving our world is up to you..."

malaysia

In Leon, Nicargua I worked with a local Non-Profit to develop a variety of classroom art.
The teachers were incredibly welcoming and told me what they wanted to teach their students about dental hygiene so that I could design coloring books with their content.
I created two coloring books for the kids. The first focused on introducing the tools a dentist uses and the other covered proper brushing techniques and healthy eating.
Finally, I left some giant posters for the kids to color and hang up in their classroom.
nicaragua
I was deeply inspired by the way that Tibetan refugees used art and crafts to confront the extremely difficult problems posed by living in exile.
I conducted independent field work research in India, Nepal, and Tibet and wrote "Surviving Creatively," a piece that detailed the five main ways Tibetan Refugees were able to utilize art to solve problems.
I painted this mural with a friend in a day center for the children of prostitutes, so the kids can stay safe while their moms are working
In collaboration with All Saint's Church, I designed a coloring book of native Indian flowers and led an arts session with underserved youth.
In Dharavi, I facilitated a sculpture class using recycled materials.
Working with Don Bosco, I led a summer camp art program for kids. We made bubble prints and then the children added their own sea creatures to their compositions.
I facilitated this community mural outside of Mahim station in Mumbai. The message translates as: "Life is short, so live it sweetly."
For years I worked with a team of volunteers to bring art projects and murals into a children's home in Dongri which is severely lacking in resources.
Working with girls rescued from sex trafficking, we painted a large mural at their home. Each girl filled in a star with her own name and designs.

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As part of my senior thesis, exploring art activism in regards to climate change, this cartoon was published in two Claremont College publications, the Portside and the Claremont Student.
500 of these were placed on non-fuel efficient cars on the Claremont College campuses.
The murals shows CO2 emissions correlation with temperature change over the past 400,000 years juxtaposed with the increased CO2 in the atmosphere since the Industrial Revolution.
In El Tunco, El Salvador I found an enthusiastic group of young muralists in a Children's Home for kids whose parents had passed away or who weren't able to take care of them.
We painted two murals in the recreation area, first this wild floral scene.
We also painted the earth surrounded by stars.
In the process of finding the town's local school, I asked the town's security guard for directions and he asked if I could paint the beach on his wall.
His señora, however, wanted the Bible, so we compromised in this dream window.
We conducted an arts session for a non-profit school in Siem Reap that gives street working children the opportunity to study in an empowering environment.
Mural painted at a government-funded retirement home.
One of the residents asked for a rooster to be painted by her bed.

Panama

These works are done in collaboration with communities in the spirit of tapping into art's power to address a particular need or problem