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Antieris Johnson


Art Adopts a Child

Antieris Johnson was adopted when she was 1 year old, and her personal experience inspired her to found a community action project that uses art to raise awareness for adoption and help youth aging out of foster care.

Johnson, founder of Art Adopts a Child, last year helped a seventh grader in foster care install a mural promoting adoption, called “Missing Pieces Can Be Found,” at Harwood Park in Baltimore.

“Art inspires generations; it transforms community,” Johnson said. “Art helps build critical thinking skills and self-esteem.”

The project raises money for the KidsPeace Empowering Youth to Succeed Mentoring Program, which provides training for those in foster care age 16 to 20 as they transition to independent living. As they transition, many experience homelessness, joblessness and other challenges.