Life Pieces to Masterpieces Help Young Adults Express Themselves

Her awards include: Mayor’s Spirit of Neighborhood Action Award, the Augusta Savage Arts Leadership Award, the Monica Davis Show Award for Community Service, the 2007 Washington DC Economic Partnership Innovators Awards. She is a member of the Leadership Great Washington class of 2009 and the Board of Directors for See Forever Foundation/Maya Angelou Public Charter Schools and the Ward 7 Arts Collaborative. She serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts. She has been inducted into the Martin Luther King Jr. Board of Sponsors at Morehouse College. Clearly, philanthropy and community service are important in the life of Mary Brown; but what really matters to Brown is the non-profit organization that she serves as Executive Director, Life Pieces to Masterpieces.

In 1996, Brown, along with two others, Larry B. Quick and Ben Johnson, founded Life Pieces to Masterpieces to help young and under-served African American males in Washington, D.C. For young adults who have grown up without fathers or in families plagued by poverty or substance abuse, Life Pieces to Master Pieces serves as an escape. By combining arts instruction and human development skills, Brown and her staff encourage their “apprentices” to find beauty in their lives through art, be it pain, storytelling, poetry or rap. The organization’s success is overwhelming; of the 150 participants each year, close to zero percent father an illegitimate child or become involved in the District’s juvenile justice system and 100 percent graduate.

 

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