2019 Corn Mother Honoree
Cynthia was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 7, 1953. Her parents were young and energetic and spent a lot of their time celebrating their youth dancing in competitions on the boardwalks along the Jersey Shore, including the Bandstand in Atlantic City. Her grandmother was a seamstress from Scotland, and her grandfather came from Ireland and settled in Philadelphia. In 2018, after 23 years, Cynthia retired from her job as an art teacher at one of the best charter schools in Pueblo. She is currently writing and documenting the history of the murals of the Pueblo Levee Murals Project, which she has coordinated and has painted murals for during the past 26 years. Cynthia has been an artist, teacher, mentor, and community supporter, using the arts as a vehicle to bring people together from all walks of life. She has spent most of her life following her passion for being creative and finding self-expression as a teacher, parent, leader, and learner.
“When challenges present themselves, create, rather than just reacting.” In the face of obstacles and the unknown in my path, my grandmother taught me that if you can always work with what you have, you will get what you need.
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