The entire world was plunged into darkness a year ago as the COVID19 outbreak hit, causing so much turmoil. The panic, fear of the unknown and social unrest caused many to reflect on life and their purpose. Jobs were lost, many lost their lives, domestic violence cases rose dramatically and economies went down on their knees. Families have been apart for long periods, depression and mental health issues have taken root. It is a lot to take in and process at once.


And let us take a moment of silence to reflect on the 9minutes 29seconds that rendered the word “emotion” meaningless. The death of George Floyd, a 46year old black man from Minneapolis, sparked worldwide rage against police racism and brutality. To this day, many have been grappling to define their reactions and feelings, and to understand “WHY” there is lack of transparency and accountability in many systems globally, not just in the United States.


The fact that you have survived the pain, loss and tragedies is a constant reminder that there is still hope to heal the world. We look forward to touch and heal all the brokenness through art as a beacon to guide us. Talented artists have joined hands under “Project Hope” to create art pieces that will inspire and shine a light down the road towards healing. May they be a source of comfort, fill your hearts with warmth, give you a sense of peace and renew your hope in all that you do.

Annie Bao

All over the world, rainbows have long been a symbol of hope. This particular amalgamation of rainbows, however, represent a specific hope for me and my husband: a rainbow baby. A rainbow baby is a name coined for a healthy baby born after a miscarriage. Having been through 2 miscarriages in the last year, this is what hope embodies for us.


Teagan Chatterley

“This piece, rendered with plastic grocery bags and a natural flower, juxtaposes and combines the environmental impact of human consumption with the unwavering force of nature, always changing and growing. The intertwined black and white bags depict a humanistic perspective, the need for individuals and communities to come together to create a better future.”


Ron Smith


“Uncovering HOPE” is subliminal and speaks to what we’re seeing in the wake of all the news. Simply put, I have sons. Hope can wain if we ignore the pain. Again I say “we never fix what we never face.


Gail S. Kotel

This piece was originally titled Gun Range – but I renamed it Pioneering to make it more accessible.  Mary Louise was a remarkable proper lovely woman.  She loved high tea, art, opera and…guns.  It was good for me to know someone and like and respect them in so many ways except her politics and love of guns.  I always felt a sense of hope with Mary Louise. She never lost hope in her husband, as his dementia got worse and worse, eventually driving them out of their home to get medical attention.  She remained positive about life and always found a reason to smile.


Rhonda Burton

“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow”  ~Audrey Hepburn
To me the garden is a place of new beginnings. It is a place of renewal, it is a place of HOPE.


Annette Back


“You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.”

– Michelle Obama



Author & Editor:  Mildred Mugauri