Art With Duarte


Richard “Duarte” Brown is a master artist with the TRANSIT ARTS Youth Program and the Ohio Alliance for the Arts Education's Art in the house program. For more than 20 years, Brown has dedicated his talent to helping young people in Columbus through countless programs including CAPACITY (CAPA’s Youth Art Program), the Short Stop Youth Center, the King Arts Complex, Ohio Alliance for Arts Education’s (and formerly GCAC’s) Artists-in-Schools program, GCAC’s Children of the Future, Ebony Boys, Art Safe and VSA Ohio. Brown has also worked as a high school art instructor at the Arts and College Preparatory Academy in Columbus. His murals can be seen throughout the city bringing comfort and inspiration to countless viewers. Many of his students have gone onto college and careers in the creative industries and many others have simply become important contributors to the well-being of our community by embracing their responsibilities as parents, audience members, arts consumers and more. Brown has the special gift of engaging people from all backgrounds and bringing them together through his creative spirit. Deeply influenced by Mr. William Steele, his fifth grade teacher, Brown wrote a book in 2012-The Steele Influence- dedicated to Steele’s profound impact on his life. He recently graduated from Ohio Dominican and received one of the highest awards from the university. Brown has carried on the gift of an educator who has the power to change a child’s life and inspires young people throughout Columbus to be resourceful and relentless in following their dreams.

-The Community Arts Partnership Award

In your work I see nature, the emphasis placed on nature; how we are rooted in nature, bond to the Tug of War and ups and downs of the seasons. I see others seeing, touching, experiencing all the senses; how our primal instincts and cultivated responses intertwine with or come from nature. I see your exploration through art of our use of all of our senses, our emotions, and the reflection of them in our connection with nature.
— Vesta Ash, Educator, Art Collector, Covington Georgia