GRATEFUL on this rainy day to discover that Maybe Something Beautiful, How Art Transformed a Neighborhood has won the 2017 Tomás Rivera 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.read more
Experimenting with media, textures and process to create a painting for a program at a children’s hospital.read more
BRAVO! Poems About Amazing Hispanics, is my second collaboration with innovative, gifted writer, poet and friend Margarita Engle. This book celebrates the accomplishments, contributions and collective history of the Hispanic community. After the recent blitz of negative tweets and taunts, I’m thrilled to showcase these poems and amazing stories of Latinos who made an impact and difference with their remarkable lives.read more
Long ago in Cuba, young Millo dreamed of becoming a drummer. But women on the island were not allowed to play drums so she had to keep drumming and dreaming alone. It’s a girl power story about perseverance and breaking barriers.
It was so exciting to see my illustrations for this story and Margarita Engle’s stirring text come to life through the amazing animation talents of Ryan Swenar and Dreamscape. This week we found out that Millo did it again and brought home the 2017 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music.read more
Remembering 3 Great Ones who left us too soon in 2016. Their music will live forever.read more
How do we empower neighborhoods to come together and solve the challenges they face? Thanks to Mel Schuit for the opportunity to talk about the power of art to transform communities. Please check out the entire article at ALL THE WONDERS of Books. As the year winds down, I’m grateful to tell the story of this community work in MAYBE SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL and the chance to paint murals with incredible children and families.read more