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Hilary M. Wallis, ILLUSTRATOR

Hilary Wallis' main objective within her career is to visually educate and generate public awareness on societal issues and how effective community development and activism can be through powerful imagery. She combines her journalistic background with the skill of a painter to be a storyteller of hardship and of hope. It is from her travel experiences that propelled her to create the 'Empowerment Through Art Program' in Uganda, Africa. Its main goal was to provide the craft of art to members of vulnerable communities as a means of education, psychosocial care, instilling vital public health information and enriching social and emotional development. By engaging these people in discussions, she promoted awareness and inspired advocacy by allowing them to share their stories with others. Hilary authored the Program Manual upon conducting follow-up visits and produced a documentary that tells the Empowerment Through Art story. She also organized five exhibitions of the Ugandans' artwork, including a touring one for America and abroad - which included an event at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts with the former Prime Minister of Tanzania being the guest of honor.

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In addition to having held solo and group exhibitions with her own work throughout The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, and cities in America, she assisted in creating and developing The Senses Arts Magazine in Florida. She has worked as a consultant for Humanitarian organizations including: Plan, CARE, Americans for Informed Democracy, International Rescue Committee, InterAction, Global Campaign for Education and The National Conference for Community and Justice. Her most recent project includes spending five weeks filming and photographing the Student Movement for Real Change's project in a village in South Africa and creating a film for their partner, The Buffelshoek Trust.

www.hilarywallis.net