Paz Fernandez with her poster at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building for ACT/ART's #IAMTHEMANY opening reception. Photo credit: Jati Lindsay
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Artist Paz Fernandez Exhibits at the White House
Chosen Out of Thousands to Advocate for Criminal Justice Reform
Los Angeles, CA — Paz Fernandez was one of ten artists invited to exhibit at the White House for ACT/ART’s #IAMTHEMANY Poster Design Competition on criminal justice.
Ten works of art were displayed as the Official Selection in the East Room of the White House as part of the public tour to coincide with October's National Youth Justice Awareness Month on October 16-30, 2015.
The esteemed jury was composed of renowned artist Shepard Fairey, filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, rapper Chuck D (Public Enemy) and 11 other distinguished community leaders from the art, social justice, and design fields.
Paz approached the design and theme of criminal justice reform with a sense of hope, which she simply captured by echoing America’s shared desire for social equality, with her poster titled Peace OfferingMay Peace Lead Our Way.
The artists' reception was held in the Indian Treaty Room at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building within the White House Complex on Thursday, October 15th.

In November, Paz received a letter of recognition from 47th Vice President Joe Biden. 
About Paz Fernandez 
Born in Costa Rica to a Chilean family, Paz Fernandez grew up in Miami and has lived in Los Angeles since 1998. Paz is an artist and graphic designer inspired by boldness and peace. Her name Paz means peace in Spanish. Her style and inspiration come from her eclectic heritage including her human rights activist late grandmother, stylist late mother and art collector father. Paz lives in Koreatown and loves discovering the cultural wonders of LA. Contact Paz at 323.803.4944  
ACT/ART is a nonprofit providing a forum for artists and the public to engage in acts of creative expression-acts of art-that generate awareness, provoke dialogue, change perception and evoke positive change around important social and public policy issues.
The I AM THE MANY Poster Competition on criminal justice reform was created as part of ACT/ART’s strategic partnership with the White House. Inspired by the 1968 civil rights I AM A MAN campaign, that aims to assert the same tenants: universal right to justice, humanity and freedom. Half a century later, the cry for respect and dignity continues to strike a chord in a nation still struggling with inequality and institutionalized bias. President Obama is the first sitting president to visit a federal penitentiary and has made criminal justice reform a priority.
The featured artists whose work was on display. View their posters:
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