Founder and Director
In addition to growing up heavily influenced by California’s cultural mélange of surf, skate, hotrod, and hip-hop cultures, Patrice studied English Education and Creative Writing at California State University, Long Beach, and earned his teaching credential from San Jose State University. Pulling from and integrating these influences into his public school classroom, Patrice found that students from all backgrounds became engaged, educated, and empowered to navigate and transform their worlds. Identical outcomes occurred during his time traveling and teaching abroad. Using the Arts as a tool for making personal connections and providing education had similar results no matter the socioeconomic status, country, or age group. In his tenure as a public school teacher in San Jose, California, Patrice hosted a range of Arts-based events and provided community funded after-school Arts programs until he decided to create Art is Power and focus his energies full-time on working with and documenting visionary Arts initiatives from around the globe.