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Indira Freitas Johnson - Chicago, IL

Submitted by Megan Nakra - Chicago, IL

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Indira is a pinnacle in leading how art can implement social change, domestically and internationally.

Indira Freitas Johnson is an award winning artist and peace activist whose work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is represented in a number of private and public collections. Her passion to make art part of everyday life and to involve local communities in the art process is evident in all her work.  Influenced by an artist father and a mother who was a social activist, Johnson believes strongly that art and activism are a powerful combination for social change. In 1993 in response to the rise of ethnic violence the world over, she founded Shanti Foundation for Peace, which uses the processes of art to help people understand that their individual actions can go a long way to forge lasting peace.

In Johnson’s quest for spiritual growth there is an inextricable link between her life and work. She says, “The path towards spiritual growth is not linear. Instead life’s daily occurrences exert their own push and pull, challenging us at different levels. How we deal with these challenges helps us accumulate various strengths and energies. Each successful encounter brings transformation and with it the reality of our connectedness to the earth and the universe."

This story was submitted as part of Oxam America's International Women's Day initiative to honor women working to right the wrongs of poverty and hunger. Honorees are selected independently by Oxfam supporters. Selection does not imply endorsement or other support from Oxfam America.

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