March 20 – June 2, 2022
Featuring over 100 pieces of original and provocative work by youth artists from Berkeley, Richmond, and Skyline High School in Oakland—with powerful perspectives on the plastic pollution crisis.
As the inheritors of our environmental challenges and injustices today, these youth artists have poignant and urgent messages for us all.
Come to be humbled, activated, and—more crucially—instilled with hope for the future.
When we trust our youth with the full reality of the environmental and climate challenges we all face—they have much to say and teach us.– bell hooks
They create works that inspire & activate.
They understand their power & responsibility.
This is the goal of Art/Act: Youth.
“I always look back to [the show] because it prepared me in general for art school and doing work for other shows. I just feel it helped prepare me for the future—for an art career.”– Héctor Muñoz Guzmán, 2017 participant now professional artist
Héctor Muñoz Guzmán established his artist identity the day he saw his works on the concrete walls of the David Brower Center as a high school student in the Art/Act: Youth program in 2017.
As a Mexican-American mix media painter and illustrator from South Berkeley, California, Héctor draws inspiration from everyday street life, Mexican culture, issues of race, and Catholicism. His scenes are filled with animated figures, whose exaggerated features emit drama and intensity. He completed his foundation year at Parsons School of Design before transferring to Rhode Island School of Design’s painting program for one year.
Héctor now lives and works in Richmond, California. Contact him for hire, or view more of his work here.
2022 Participating Artists from Richmond, Berkeley & Skyline (Oakland) High Schools
AARIAN CHACKO-WHITING, ABRAHAM BLANQUEL, ALEXANDER KELLY, ALEXIS RODRIGUEZ, ANDREA OCHOA, ANGIE
SOLÍS VÁSQUEZ, ANTONIO JERONIMO PABLO, ASHLEY BENITEZ GARCIA, ASHLEY MELO, AVA SALLY, BEN JAMES
POLICY, BRANDON VELASQUEZ, BRIAN SANCHEZ, CAMILLE RAVEL, CEDRIC VILLANUEVA , CHANDRIKA CHAUHAN,
CHANTEL BREWSTER, CHARLOTTE ACEVEDO, CHRISTOPHER WILLIAMS, DANIEL VALENCIA, DIANA CHINCHILLA, ELEANOR
ZARAGOZA-AARON, ELIOT PERDUE, EMILY CALDERON TADEO, EMILY LAO, EMILY MANSFIELD, EMMETT TJEN, ERIC
LANDEROS, FRED HUGHES, GENESIS PEREZ-MENDOZA, GENEVIEVE ACHEE, HAILEY RAMOS CEDANO, HARRY
WATERMAN, IVIS ELIGIO, JACK MENDOZA, JADEN JESSUP, JAMES HARRIMAN, JOCELYN RUIZ, JORDAN CUMMINGS,
JORGE OLEA, JOSEPHINE COOPER, JOY LIEU, JULIAN ITO, KYLE DORAN, LANIYA KIRKWOOD, LAUREN MATTA, LUCIENNE
MORTON, LYDIA KIM, LYDIA M. SANTIAGO DE LOURDES, MARIA TITIZANO-DURGIN, MARIANNE MAH, MASON CLARK,
MAYA LOONEY, MELANI ALVAREZ, MELANNY AGUIRRE, MELISSA RUIZ RIOS, MELODY BLANKMAN, MI’KAYLA CHARLES,
MONCERRAT GUDINO VALDEZ, MONTAY BOSEMAN JR., NAAVI HUNT, NAI SAECHAO, NAOMI AVILA, NATALIE
CAMARENA GARCIA, NERUDA DIAZ, NICOLAS COPELAND, NUVOLINA HOWELL, OLIVIA VIALE, OSCAR ZHU, OWEN
GIESLER, PRECIOUS JANE NGHIEM, PRICILLA SEGURA, QUY NGUYEN, RACHEL ROBERTS, RAVEN DEGUZMAN, RITA AZUL
HUHNDORF-LIMA, RUBY DAVIES, RUBY LEAVERTON, SARAI MELENDEZ, SARWIEH TARPEH, SHAWN BROWN, SIERRA
ELGINSMITH, SOPHIE PHU, STELLA RANELLETTI, SYLVIE ARESTIDES, SYMPHONY KELLY, TERESA ARAUJO, TRISTEN
SHARPE, VALIANA TRAN, VANESSA ARELLANO-OZUNA, VICENTE JAUREGUI-PEREZ, VIVIAN TRINH, ZHENCI HUANG
Made Possible By:
BERKELEY CIVIC ARTS COMMISSION & RICH ROBBINS
And the Teaching Leadership of:
JAMIE TREACY, RACHEL KANTOR, GABRIEL BERENT, DERYK HUDSON, & CONOR CARROLL