A Bayview artist reflects on her childhood
As a child, Vivian remembers skating around the block, playing at the park, and hanging out at Joe Lee’s gym. With school right across the street, Vivian didn’t get a chance to wander far from home.
As she got older, Vivian enjoyed exploring more of the city. She recalls riding the bus to the retirement home her grandmother owned, and feeling irritated with the hippies who blocked the street. On the whole, the sixties and seventies were full of joy. “It felt like the sun was shining every single day,” Vivian muses.
A dedicated teacher, Vivian is passionate about promoting arts and education in her community. She sees the positive in her community — fathers stepping up to the plate, acceptance of different races, and programs that welcome new neighbors to the community.