Category Archives: Portfolio

Family Tree Mural

Family Tree Mural This mural is one of the earliest in the artist’s painting career depicting a quilt and clothes of a mother and child drying on a bucolic laundry line. The mural was painted in the basement of The Family Tree, a battered women’s shelter in Northwest Denver, where the artist herself lived as […]

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El Centro

El Centro Please visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7s8bd7k6eo This video and slides detail a mural painted by students of Escuela Tlatelolco in conjunction with undocumented day laborers on the Northern wall of El Centro Humanitario off Park Avenue between California and Welton streets. The mural speaks to the reality, dignity, and indigenous ancestry the greater Latino community. Interviews with […]

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Chiche Youth

Chiche Youth     Sixty four students, ages 14 to 18, from Chiche, Guatemala designed this mural working in small teams under the sponsorship of the local library and the Escuela Urbana. These students addressed the topics of indigenous pride, true multicultural education, linguistic survival, and historic memory, as detailed below. The mural begins on […]

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Convent

Guatemalan Convent:     This mural was placed over what was formally a clandestine gravesite in a convent in rural Guatemala. 85% of this town was massacred during the US financed Rios Mont genocide campaign. The mural was created from an amalgamation of drawings created by the survivors of massacres in the area. Women worked […]

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Community In Residence

Community In Residence:   At 24 Brenda was awarded an artist-in-residence position at the Rieckan Foundation in Guatemala where she worked for a year promoting literacy through collaborative community arts. It took little time however to realize that the unaddressed effects of trauma from genocide, mass torture and their consequent impunity prevented much social progress […]

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Artist in Community

Casa Esperanza   Bringing the arts to children in need remains an enduring pillar of Trillium’s mission as it is our creativity that allows us to explore new possibilities for ourselves and our lives that lead to lasting societal change. This process speaks to the core work of breaking intergenerational cycles of poverty and violence […]

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Kindness Curriculum

Kindness Curriculum   Trillium Connections designed the “Kindness Curriculum” uses the arts help students cultivate greater awareness and understanding of their ability to positively impact the lives of others through kindness, being welcoming, developing empathy and most importantly being of service. Thanks to an exciting inspiration from a local area quilter students will have the opportunity […]

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Nobel Laureate Peace Puppets

Nobel Laureate Peace Puppets   In the following curriculum designed and coordinated by Brenda Cleary invited children on a journey to learn about the lives of Nobel Peace Prize winners from across the world and the values their lives embodied. While learning about these characters the children made large street theater puppets representing these figures […]

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