Cleo Wade: Want to change the world? Start by being brave enough to care
Cleo Wade - Artist, poet, author
Cleo Wade creates uplifting messages, blending simplicity with positivity and arresting honesty. Full bio
beautiful being enter into our lives.
that he wasn't just entering our lives,
feels so incredibly challenging.
talking to people about who we are,
that the way we find our strength
that we can all do something big
that each of us is more resilient
a single word I say to him.
it would probably be a better idea
at walking down the street.
and listen to what they say.
a better child to your parents;
a better partner.
and get to know them.
and do what you can do.
or created with others
disagrees with you,
the triumph of radical empathy --
the stories you are told.
how to forgive yourself.
than who we were yesterday.
if the other is not free.
and not with my actions."
I don't need a plastic bag."
one piece of trash on your block.
to be a part of the solutions.
that the issues are connected
at your own kitchen table.
that you can love others
that require big answers,
or unqualified, we do nothing.
and qualify ourselves.
and there were no senate confirmations,
to be more secure,
that says, "Are you OK?
"What should we do?"
when I see my family and friends?
not only for those I know,
whose ideas conflict with my own?
who are suffering on my street corner?
to change our own lives?
of the people in our communities?
we must assume is in our own hands;
Harriet Tubman to her purpose,
in the fight to abolish
making 19 trips,
of those 300 people,
the great-grandchildren and beyond.
Irma or Maria, people did not say,
What should I do?"
man and child they came across.
the power to change the world.
someone's life is always in our hands.
to one group of people;
on anyone to tell you
with what you've got,
of a man named Gene Moretti.
through the Depression, World War II,
of a woman's right to vote,
of the first black president.
in America for 100 years.
during these current times?"
of his family and hundreds of people,
to be there to celebrate him,
just given me advice,
is capable of making
a real, wholehearted impact
About the speaker:Cleo Wade - Artist, poet, author
Cleo Wade creates uplifting messages, blending simplicity with positivity and arresting honesty.
Why you should listen
Cleo Wade is an artist, poet and author of the forthcoming book Heart Talk: Poetic Wisdom For a Better Life. Her writing, accessible yet empowering, speaks to a greater future for all women, people of color, and the LGBTQ community, preaching love, acceptance, justice, peace, equity and equality.
Wade's artwork is founded on the idea that art should be in the name of all people and should serve all people. This idea has inspired some of her larger scale public art installations, including a 25-foot love poem in the skyline of the New Orleans French Quarter titled "Respect," as well as her follow up piece, "She," which was created in collaboration with graffiti artist Brandon Odums and is permanently installed on the face of a 50-foot warehouse building in the New Orleans Bywater neighborhood. In the summer of 2017, Wade created the "ARE YOU OK" project, a public booth for free, peaceful and loving conversation at the Hester Street Fair in New York City. Her latest public art installation of 10-word mantras on 46-foot screens entitled "Show Love Spread Love" is currently on view in Los Angeles on the facade of the Beverly Center. Other mediums of Wade's art include drawing, painting, sculpture, and neon text. Wade contributes regularly to W magazine and Teen Vogue.
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