Reflections of Healing is a multi-faceted process of community building that includes the collaborative development of large-scale public installations featuring Bay Area residents – who through practice or legacy demonstrate healing. The project catalyzes partnerships between diverse and under-resourced communities, and residents through temporary and permanent actions across Oakland, California.

Reflections anchors LIFE is LIVING (LIL), a national initiative that establishes a new model for partnerships between diverse and under-resourced communities, green action agencies, and the contemporary arts world. The pieces are being made over 3 years by over 14,000 LIL attendees, residents of Oakland and myself, through an integration of the creative processes I conduct with Marc Bamuthi Joseph and Youth Speaks. Youth Speaks, through their LIL Festival, has produced this free, popular public event every year since 2008.

Reflections of Healing is thankful for the kind support of Southern Exposure Gallery, The East Bay Community Foundation, the NEA, The Open Circle Foundation, The Zellerbach Family Foundation, Ictus, Youthspeaks, The Downtown Oakland Association, Oaklandish and City of Oakland’s Parks and Rec and Cultural Arts & Marketing Division.


Reflections of Healing

With Life is Living

2010 - 2013

Project Pages:

Reflections of Healing Process Documentary Video

The First Eight Healers
The Oakland Studio and Life is Living 2010

4 West Oakland Healers
The Oakland Studio and Life is Living 2012

Public Exhibitions
2930 Telegraph Ave,
Oakland Public Libraries, 
Life is Living 2011

Paintings/Power Figures
before permanent public installation


Little Bobby Hutton Collaborative Power Figure and process

Project Partners
Life is Living
Youth Speaks
East Bay Community Foundation
Open Circle Foundation
Southern Exposure Gallery
Zellerbach Family Foundation
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