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365体育投注Dzokerayi Mu is among the portrait subjects in Stephanie Thayer's art show, available now on the website of International House Davis. Courtesy photo

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Virtual art show honors cultural leaders during COVID-19

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“Comunidad: Honoring community and cultural leaders during COVID-19,” a collection of portraits by local artist Stephanie Thayer, is on display via the International House Davis website ().

365体育投注Thayer was inspired to do this project when quarantine started due to COVID-19, in part to keep busy, but ultimately to honor community members of Davis and Sacramento who give back through activism, volunteering, art, music and dance, as well as to uplift the community in these uncertain times. Thayer hopes that her series inspires others to feel connected despite their physical distance and remember that everyone is still a “comunidad.”

In this series, she used colored pencils for the faces of the community members and acrylic paint for the backgrounds.

365体育投注The following are examples of her portrait subjects.

365体育投注* Dzokerayi (Nathalie) Mu was born in Zimbabwe and moved to Davis in 2010. She is an activist and the director of TESE Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit serving high school students in Zimbabwe.

* Saara Burga is the CEO of the Brazilian Center of Sacramento. Its mission includes introducing participants to Brazilian and Latin American culture in a fun-loving environment utilizing the performing arts, culture, food, socializing and entertainment; advocating for and empowering youth; and providing a forum for people to exchange ideas to enhance the community.

365体育投注* Daniel Smith, a.k.a. Dan the Man, is a board member of the nonprofit organization Bigger Than Us youth arts program in Sacramento.

* Tapua Gwarada, known for her constant smile, volunteers at Logos Books and has also volunteered at North Davis Elementary School.

* Charlie Julian Hilliard was the founder and head of the King High Gender and Sexuality Alliance Club, received the Golden Heart Award from the city of Davis and the first-ever Mikey Partida Realizing Resilience Award from the Davis Phoenix Coalition, and volunteers with Davis Food Not Bombs.

365体育投注* Stephen Moon and Grace K. Moon were both born in Korea, and came to Hawaii in 1983 to study and later start a family. They now run an organization called, “Mosaics” at the Davis Community Church (where Steven is a pastor), which offers various language, music, spiritual and cultural classes free to the public.

* Gloria Partida is a mom, grandmother, retired scientist, a small business owner, founder of a nonprofit focused on inclusion and a deeply committed community advocate. Now a Davis City Council member, she is set to become mayor later this year.

365体育投注* Denise LaRani Castillo started SynRG, a cultural arts and wellness center in Davis in 2008, where she taught world dance and fitness over a period of eight years. Most of her volunteer work has centered around children and teens, offering world arts (dance) in after-school programs, and science outreach. She now runs programs in Guatemala that support low-income artisans.

* Darren Virassammy is a TEDx Speaker and co-founder and chief operating officer of 34 Strong, an organization comprised of a team that believes everyone deserves a great place to work and that any workplace can be great.

365体育投注* Cristina Marie Pires works in-home with people with spinal-cord injuries and dialysis. She will be moving to the hospital setting soon. Christina has also volunteered for the Davis Phoenix Coalition and has been actively involved in an anti-bullying movement.

365体育投注More detailed biographies can be found about each of the people featured on the

365体育投注I-House plans to host a live exhibit of this show when the shelter-in-place orders have been lifted.

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