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Throwback Thursday Peace Corps Art

Throwback Thursday Art

The other day I was thinking that I have a fairly extensive body of work from the past several years, and I’m going to start sharing bits of it every Thursday on my Facebook fan page, on my Twitter page, and right here on this blog!

As many of you know, from 2006 to 2008, I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Costa Rica, working in Community Economic Development. In my spare time (there’s plenty of spare time in rural Costa Rica), I enjoyed, you guessed it, painting.

Over the course of a few months, I sketched and painted a detailed world map onto the side of the local elementary school, where I taught Junior Achievement and English, and was a soccer star (until I played with other adults). The map had every single country on it, with the names in Spanish, as well as some inspirational quotes on the sides.

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The quotes read (translated):

“The more we know the world, the more we love it.”

“The Earth is ours, let’s take care of it!”

“Almost always, the creative and dedicated minority has made the world a better place.”

“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”

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world-map-photo

Once the map was finished, we used it to teach geography through trivia games. The kids really enjoyed it. Most of them learned a lot, although one boy already knew the name of every single country in the world, where they were located, and some information about each country! He showed me his book one day that he studied to learn all of that. It was pretty impressive.

Since then, the school built an additional room, which enclosed the map inside.

World Map Inside La Cruz Costa Rica

We definitely had a good time at the school, both learning:

La Cruz School Kids Costa Rica

and having fun!

La Cruz School Kids 2 Costa Rica

Lastly, I recently donated to the National Peace Corps Association and got this cool bumper sticker artwork to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps!

Peace Corps Bumper Sticker

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“I’m Here, Loudoun” Mural for Mobile Hope of INOVA

Homeless Children in Loudoun County, Virginia

Public art is often used to beautify spaces in the public domain and/or to convey a message. Recently, I painted and installed a mural painting to bring light to the situation of nearly 700 students that the Loudoun County Public School system has identified as homeless. There are likely hundreds more children, not in the school system, that are homeless. They sleep in cars, the woods, abandoned warehouses, or “couch surf” among their friends. This is currently taking place in one of the wealthiest counties in the United States!

Mobile Hope is a program of INOVA Loudoun Hospital that was born out of this awareness and serves to meet the basic needs of these children through donations of food, clothing, hygiene products, school supplies, medical care and providing other helpful resources.

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The “I’m Here, Loudoun” mural for Mobile Hope is a metaphor for the early difficulty these youth face. It portrays the sequential bloom of the lotus, a flower which grows out of murky darkness to become shining and radiant. Next to the blooming flower is the image of a young child walking next to a supportive adult.

The child’s shirt is a strong red color, symbolizing all of life’s intense emotions, from anger, danger and mourning to strength, love and vitality.

The mural and accompanying poem encompass the often hidden misfortune of homeless children in Loudoun County, yet show that with love and help from others in our community, these children can also grow and thrive.

Being bilingual, I decided to also paint the poem in Spanish, as Loudoun County is home to over 38,000 Latinos, some of whom are also affected by homelessness.

An unopened bud, a hidden soul

Invisible misfortune, does anyone know?

Un capullo cerrado, una alma escondida

¿Hay alguien que sabe de mi invisible agonía?

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See my light, see me grow

Out of the dark, a blooming soul

Ve mi lez, veme crecer

De la oscuridad, voy a florecer

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Lend me your hand, help me to rise

Clean, pure, beautiful, wise

Si me cuidas bien, seré hermosa y luminosa

Si me das tu cariño, seré un día una gran persona

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The “I’m Here, Loudoun” mural is on display at the Mobile Hope location. I hope that it can be a source of awareness and inspiration!