RISE AND SHINE 

RISE AND SHINE is a book calling to our children, and to all of us, to create change + illuminate goodness.

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YARD SIGN

In the wake of Philando Castille's murder many in Minnesota arrived to protest at the Governor's mansion in St. Paul. Ara Elizabeth attended the protests with her 3 children, and noticed all the other children bearing witness to this emotional and traumatic event. The next day she brought chalk in an effort to give the children an outlet for processing and creating. While she waited for children to chalk, Ara created art that did the same for her- process the emotion. Later, a woman who had attended the protests contacted Ara, asking her to create one of the chalked images on canvas for her daughter, a graduating high schooler, who felt this event was part of a turning point for the entire country. The image went from chalk, to painting, to yard sign- and unexpectedly was distributed in the thousands. The message spoke strongly to multiple struggles and issues our country faced and is facing. It has been photographed at many marches, protests, and adorns yards across the United States. 

ERIC LEONARD INTERVIEW ROOM 

MPR

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VIVIENNE'S JOY 

Mural painted in honor of Vivienne, with the assistance of her big sister Ellie, at Boyd Park/Vivienne's Joy Playground.