A Young Artist Captures the Spirit of Detroit

By Jackie Berg
First printed in Living Well

Brandon FosterEveryone has a story. And, for many Detroit area youth, it begins with seemingly unshakable tenacity.

It is what separates and defines us, according to Brandon Foster, a 22-year old student, artist and native Detroiter.

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We Choose Peace

Art can influence healing.

Working with the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children, Starr’s first Art of Resilience event was a special conference that commemorated the first anniversary of Sandy Hook. This presentation included faculty members from the elementary school who spoke not only about their experience, but how they were able to work with the survivors and their families to move through the trauma.

Each member of the audience for this presentation was invited to create a tile piece that represented healing, and the combined tiles were crafted together and donated to Starr Detroit Academy, a charter school in Detroit, Mich., under the title “We Choose Peace”.