GRATEFUL on this rainy day to discover that Maybe Something Beautiful, How Art Transformed a Neighborhood has won the 2017 Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award. Thank you to my incredible colleagues, authors F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell for artfully telling the story of the Urban Art Trail community murals we began back in 1997. A really big shout out to the children, families, artists and volunteers whose energy and spirit help make these murals happen around the country.
I am a huge fan of Tomás Rivera. Rivera’s writings, in English and Spanish shine light on the courage of Mexican American migrant farm workers, especially children who face hardships with resilient human spirit. In these challenging times, his work continues to inform the public and tell their stories, bringing hope to generations of migrants.