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Alumna uses art to inspire young people

Jessica Lopez Lyman, a 2008 honors graduate of St. Catherine University, recently told the Minnesota Women's Press that the Office of Multicultural and International Programs and Services at St. Kate's helped her overcome feelings of isolation by "creating a home" for her and other students of color.

Now, Lopez Lyman is creating that same sense of familiarity and self-acceptance for the girls enrolled in an interfaith day camp called Peace Camp in St. Paul. Offered through Wisdom Ways, a ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, the camp engages 8- to 12-year-0ld girls in mediation, yoga and artwork -- in addition to the usual playful day-camp activities.

The work is a nod to her senior honors project, in which Lopez Lyman combined her own poetry and prose with visual images in a performance-art piece. “The question I was looking to answer was how can art be a healing vehicle for people of mixed blood,” Lopez Lyman told SCAN, the St. Catherine magazine, at the time.

The 2008 recipient of the Mary E. McCahill Award, which honors outstanding leadership, loyalty and service to the College, Lopez Lyman was active in social justice efforts through MIPS and had the honor of introducing Maya Angelou at The O’Shaughnessy in 2006.

Lopez Lyman is working on her Ph.D. in Chicana and Chicano Studies at the University of California-Santa Barbara. Click here to read her profile in the Aug. 2, 2012, edition of the Minnesota Women's Press.

Aug. 6, 2012 by Amy Gage