Artwork by David Galaviz

This piece represents self-reflection that even though there’s chaos around you, you can still find yourself, find the man you want to be.

Dream. Love. Hope. Encourage Help.

Have and show empathy for not only yourself but those around you. I’ve been given help and guidance and it’s my duty to do the same.

I’ve hurt communities. It’s time to rebuild my community.

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David Galaviz

David Galaviz is an artist, who has been incarcerated for over 20 years for a gang-related crime. He wants to apologize to the people he has hurt, their families, the community and his own family for causing so much pain.