Author Archives: Trill_B_C

Gender Justice Curriculum

In this project co-designed by Brenda Cleary, Samantha Nuttycombe and Katie Holmes middle school girls examined and deconstructed media stereotypes of and whiteness, thinness, and femininity that prey on their self esteem. While doing so they “reclaimed” Bratz dolls to give them normal girl faces, feet and body proportions. Boys in the program used art […]

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Enormous Book

Enormous Book Brenda Cleary collaboratively worked with Quiche Mayan Indigenous communities to develop a youth driven collaborative storytelling process.  This process resulted in a book detailing the UN rights of the Child with young learners and a story reflecting the Mayan vision of integrity and moral virtues as seen by older students. This process produced […]

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Puppets, Clowning and Giant Puzzle Projects

Puppets, Clowning and Giant Puzzle Projects Here are images of puppets created for March 8th International Women’s Day March. Local women participated in a series of workshops wherein they shared their dreams, built the puppet structures, and wrote their collective hopes on the wings of the bird. During the march the bird flew behind a banner […]

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West Career Academy

West Career Academy In this project Brenda Cleary facilitated a collaborative mural and poetry project with students in a local area high school dropout re-engagement program.  Faced with high gang membership, insufficient parental support and poverty common to the Denver public school system, students worked together to identify values they wanted to practice in their […]

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Alley Mural

Alley Mural This alley was tagged with gang-affiliated graffiti.  The artist, using donated paint, completed the above mural as an effort towards neighborhood beautification and restoration of the alley to its original state through a series of midnight painting escapades…. Leaving a trail of paint globs straight to her back door… So much for being […]

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Zacualpa Wall

Zacualpa Wall This wall stands along one of the busiest sections of the weekly town market. Teenagers painted the western half with a large painting of the solar system and the words “Another world is possible” while women painted a larger mural portraying women as the source of life. In the center of the mural a pregnant woman levitates […]

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Poetry Illustrations

Poetry Illustrations   The above illustrations were created for two volumes of poetry published at the Bread and Roses Publishing Cooperative over winter and spring of 2007 through 2008.  The first, “30 Poemas Para la Gente Sencilla,”  written by poet Juan Patraca, details the immigrant and migrant worker experience in the USA.  The second, “From the Web: […]

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