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Rebuilding a neighborhood with beauty, dignity, and hope

Updated: Nov 12, 2020

Bill Strickland’s work is at the heart of AspireColor's commitment to share a portion of our profits to promote art programs in underfunded schools and communities. Take a moment to check out his inspiring TED2002 talk and slide show.



Below are some of our favorite quotes from Mr. Strickland's TED talk:


"What we've discovered is you have to give them [students in inner-city schools] flowers and sunlight and food and expectations and Herbie's music, and you can cure a spiritual cancer every time."

"I figured that if you treat children like human beings, it increases the likelihood they're going to behave that way. And why we can't institute that policy in every school and in every city and every town remains a mystery to me."

"You have to change the way that people see themselves before you can change their behavior."

I want you all to know that I think the world is a place that's worth living. I believe in you. I believe in your hopes and your dreams, I believe in your intelligence and I believe in your enthusiasm. And I'm tired of living like this, going into town after town with people standing around on corners with holes where eyes used to be, their spirits damaged. We won't make it as a country unless we can turn this thing around.


To learn more about Bill Strickland and Manchester Bidwell Corporation's national model for education, culture and hope, visit http://www.bill-strickland.com.

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