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“Working as an art therapist in Harlem and Red Hook, Brooklyn, just turned me around. It stripped away any illusions I might have had about poverty, politics, and racism. And I got to know these amazing nurses, social workers, and therapists—some of whom were practically saints. The experience of working with men and women living with AIDS, with mental illness, with addiction, was intense. They could be the most extraordinary artists. They were so intelligent and creative and so brave that it certainly gave me a perspective on what I thought were my problems. I had all this education, I knew all this stuff about painting. I began to question whether any of that was really so important.”

-Chris Martin (Brooklyn Rail)

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