Riverside County Art

Directing Change is an evaluated suicide prevention and mental health program with the mission to educate young people about critical health topics through art and promote social justice and health by changing conversations in schools and communities.
2022

Promising Future

Honorable Mention May 2022 Monthly Prompt “Dear Me”
2022
Artist: Ariadna “Ace” Nicanor
Riverside County
Grade: 7
David A Brown Middle School
Advisor: Amy Pitotti
I wanted to show myself as I am now, holding the lime green ribbon representing mental health. For my future, I thought about action statements that would help me become the best that I can be. All of that ends at the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, which would be my successful future where I’m happy, healthy, full of hope and loved.

My Bright Future

Honorable Mention May 2022 Monthly Prompt “Dear Me”
2022
Artist: Kaylie Chico
Riverside County
Grade: 8
David A Brown Middle School
Advisor: Amy Pitotti
Kaylie created this drawing to show who she is now, and who she plans to be in the future. Her 2022 self holds the green ribbon of mental health to show she cares about her mental health. The drawing of her 2027 self is wearing all lime green- she wanted people to know she will follow her own action steps to good mental health to be the best she can be! Her goals are clearly designed to set her up for success- she wants to graduate high school ready to live her best life.

Realizing Truth

Honorable Mention May 2022 Justice
2022
Artist: Angelina Dominguez
Riverside County
Grade: 10
San Jacinto Valley Academy
Advisor: Jolien Vanegas
My entry expresses my anxiety about the environment. Fear should not be seen as a weakness but strength because without fear there is no bravery. By painting this I expressed that with every new year I receive more knowledge which may scare me and crack the safety of the walls I have put up but the new information can also inform me about things that are happening in the world in which I may do something about.

Let them be your light.

Honorable Mention May 2022 Hope
2022
Artist: Sophia Wilkin
Riverside County
Grade: 7
Canyon Lake Middle School
Advisor: Christie Wilkin
Personally, I really struggled with my mental health for awhile. But ‘they’ were always there. They were my light. My guide. They helped me out of that hole, that darkness, no matter how much I pushed them away. I didn’t want them to be my light. I didn’t want a ‘they.’ But they never left. They stayed. They returned, and they worked harder than before. My ‘they’ were my light. My guide. My hope.

Dear Me

Honorable Mention May 2022 Monthly Prompt “Dear Me”
2022
Artist: JoseAngel Lujano
Riverside County
Grade: 12
Gateway College and Career Academy
Advisor: Kathleen Bywater
I choose this category because I wanted to reflect on the future.

Dear future me

3rd place May 2022 Monthly Prompt “Dear Me”
2022
Artist: Irving Rodriguez
Riverside County
Grade: 11
Gateway College and Career Academy
Advisor: Kathleen Bywater
My piece is a letter to my future self. I chose this prompt to self reflect.

Changing Hearts

Honorable Mention Hope & Justice - April
2022
Artist: Melina Barba-Perez
Riverside County
Grade: 10
Liberty High School
Advisor: Deanne Dean
I wrote this poem because we never know what other people are going through. So many people have been through a lot of struggles in life (mental health struggles, family struggles, etc.), including me, so we need to be kind to one another. I hope this poem helps inspire teenagers that have struggled in life to always have hope.

The Jellyfish Theory

2nd Place Monthly Prompt April - Cannabis Decoded
2022
Artist: Isabella Martinez
Riverside County
Grade: 10
Heritage High School
Advisor: Denise Lopez
I decided to talk about addiction to marijuana. I think this is an important topic that not many like to talk about because there is a lot of misinformation about CBD and the use of marijuana. I wrote about my point of view and my story in relation to this topic. I feel strongly about this topic in relation to your mental health. I feel that my voice should be heard and my hope is that this helps others by reading my poem.

“When the world can be yours”

2nd place Monthly Prompt - March 2022
2022
Artist: Joseph Soto
Riverside County
Grade: 11
Ramona High School
Advisor: Veronica Martinez
When the world can be yours, art projects allowed the creators of these projects to use visual, logical, and social-interpersonal learning styles to capture the attention of the Ramona High School students and, more importantly, to promote Mental Health dialogue among one another. This Art Project required a great deal of internal reflection and dialogue to consider how to voice the concerns of our RAMS and how to reassure others that it's truly okay to ask for help.

Thinking of you

Honorable Mention Monthly Prompt - March 2022
2022
Artist: Gabriel Mercado
Riverside County
Grade: 8
Mountain View Middle School
Advisor: Noal Garett
I choose this category because i have stress and even sometimes feel sad i want to bring awareness to such a topic like this.

Isolation

Honorable Mention Monthly Prompt - March 2022
2022
Artist: Isabella Gonzalez
Riverside County
Grade: 10
Arlington High School
Advisor: Molly Puzo
I put a lot of effort and thought process into this piece because it honestly meant a lot to me especially when I was going through a lot of things and only had myself to go too. I have learned that I am not alone and which caused my mental health to get better and better when I learned to talk it out with the right people that's why this piece meant a lot to me and why I put so much effort into it because I know I'm not the only one who struggles with their mental health.

Faces of Anxiety

Honorable Mention Monthly Prompt - March 2022
2022
Artist: Makayla Chacon
Riverside County
Grade: 8
Pinacate Middle School
Advisor: Veronica Torrez
I chose this category for my painting because it's a mental disorder that I suffer through a lot and tends to affect how I act when being social which having social anxiety can be a struggle. I also chose it because it's a common mental disorder, and it can affect many people.

A Little Fun

3rd place Hope - March 2022
2022
Artist: Ashley Breana Dunaway
Riverside County
Grade: 11
Heritage High School
Advisor: Charis Washington
My entry is about practicing self-care by allowing your inner child to run wild. If they wish to dance, then you dance. If they want to finger paint, then you finger paint. Reconnecting to your inner child lets you enjoy the simple things in life, and allows you to have a way to relax and have fun.
2021

Leading On Others

2021
Artist: Fatima Raygoza
Riverside County
Grade: 7
Mountain View Middle School
Advisor: Noal Garrett
My submission is about people leading on other people into the light or the dark. What this means is that the light is happiness and kindness and the dark is sadness and discouragement.

Flowers of Gratitude

2021
Artist: Shayla Luong
Riverside County
Grade: 8
Mountain View Middle School
Advisor: Noal Garrett
Flowers hold significant meanings, from love, joy, loss, grief, freedom, and gratitude. In my culture, you gift someone flowers to show that you're thankful for what they've done. My entry depicts a man holding flowers, with a white dialogue box underneath that says "Thank you," which hints the viewer towards the message and theme of gratitude. which I was trying to demonstrate through my drawing.

The Eye of Gratitude

2021
Artist: Angeline Smith
Riverside County
Grade: 6
Mountain View Middle School
Advisor: Noal Garrett
I created an eye with everything i'm grateful for like my family, my pets, my friends, food, a home, trees, the earth, exercising, money, my education, and Jesus. I made this because I though it was very creative and unique. A new thing that I learned while working on this was that I really got to think about what i'm grateful for and why i'm grateful for that.

Grateful from Within

2021
Artist: Angelo Augustin O. Bustos
Riverside County
Grade: 7
Mountian View Middle School
Advisor: Noal Garrett
My submission is a double exposure on adobe photoshop. Its about me being happy and glad about my culture. I tried to add as much as I could to show the great things about my culture. Im most grateful for my culture because it allows me to know where me and my family come from. There are so many great people that I was able to meet.

Love Your Body

2021
Artist: Brooke Ramirez
Riverside County
Grade: 12
Jurupa Valley High School
Advisor: Phillip Ramirez
I choose this category because I want to bring awareness to it. I had once lost a lot of weight due to me being very sad. It was fairly noticeable and people started to commented about it. Some of the words surrounded by the women in the drawing are what people said to me. I then started to binge eat in order to gain back all the weight I lost. I would try to eat as much food as I could, unespecially unhealthy ones. I wish I would've known back then that there were oraginzations out there willing to help me.

What Hope Means to Me

Second Place - January 2021 Hope & Justice Contest
2021
Artist: Beaux R Seymour
Riverside County
Grade: 9
Eleanor Roosevelt High School
Advisor: Jessica Valencia
"My entry is a narrative, and it is about how I was able to overcome personal challenges because I learned how to believe in hope."

A Day in My Life

Honorable Mention - February 2021 Hope & Justice Contest
2021
Artist: Zaiah Shepherd
Riverside County
Grade: 7
Riverside Behavioral Health Department
Advisor: Jennifer Simpson
The way my speech relates to what was asked, I wrote about the unfairness I encountered in my life, the discrimination and stereotypes I've been put in, and the injustice. I wrote about how many infortunate events have blocked me from getting to my full potential. I find myself being afraid to go out and play in my community and always looking behind our car wondering if the policeman was going to stop my family or if I see a policeman, it makes me feel anxious, uncomfortable, nervous. , and unsafe.

Shining in the City

Third Place - November 2021 Hope & Justice Contest
2021
Artist: Emiliano
Riverside County
Mountain View Middle School
Advisor: Noal Garrett
"I chose the category of justice because of my personal experiences relating to being treated differently. , Seeing other people of color being treated poorly and noticing them having to change many things about themselves. What I learned about this project is that there are many people can look different from each other but still have many things in common."

Saving Everyone

Honorable Mention - April 2021 Prompt: "Hope for Change"
2021
Artist: Natalie Alawi
Riverside County
Grade: 8
David A Brown Middle School
Advisor: Amy Pitotti
Over the past year I've experienced many changes in who I am. I am an incredibly social person, and suddenly I found myself alone and without a way to connect with people. My art highlights two characters, LadyBug and Cat Noir. They are kind and generous, and they never leave people out. I wanted to express that even though I feel alone, that I'm not. Reaching out to others is important, and everyone matters.

Your Not Alone

2021
Artist: Zaiah Shepherd
Riverside County
Grade: 6
Riverside Behavioral Health Department
Advisor: Jennifer Simpson
In my drawing shows a mind with a corrupted glitch showing that we struggle with mental health and the sayings your not alone were here don’t give up because many people who struggle with mental health feel they are alone when millions of people go through the same thing

The pandemic does affect Asians

2021
Artist: Giselle Olario Olmos
Riverside County
Grade: 9
Eleanor Roosevelt High school
Advisor: Jessica Valencia
My entry is about racism against people of color, what asians have to go through, and how non colored people have a better privilege than people of color.
2020

Real Life Hero’s

2020
Artist: Jordan Meza
Riverside County
Grade: 9
Eleanor Roosevelt High School
Advisor: Sandra Meza
Heroes don't always look like Superman, Wonder Woman, or Iron Man, they can work in hospitals, fire departments, or even classrooms. With all the negativity around the world, we all deserve a hero. We need someone to give us inspiration and hope. Whoever your hero might be, whether it's your mom, dad, or someone who you look up to, they are there to protect us from real-life evil and dangers. All heroes have one thing in common, they give us hope by making it known that they will overpower evil with their good hearts and kindness.

Pandemic Hope

2020
Artist: Hrutu Desai
Riverside County
Grade: 9
Eleanor Roosevelt High School
Advisor: Hiral Desai
I decided to do this because it shows how this pandemic has hit everyone hard, but we will get through it.

Justice For Farmers

2020
Artist: Sukhman Kndola
Riverside County
Grade: 9
Eleanor Roosevelt High School
Advisor: Jessica Valencia
I chose this because my grandpas are farmers

No Justice No Peace

2020
Artist: Melody Vargas
Riverside County
Grade: 9
Eleanor Roosevelt High School
Advisor: Jessica Valencia
I personally chose this category to spread awareness for those who have to feel the things that they are feeling right now, and just to show that if POC don't get justice, we as a supporter and/or members of the community, will not stay quiet.