Dorias Brannon is a visual artist, musician and Bay Area native. He comes from a family of artists and has always had a natural talent for visual arts. Although he was accepted to the California College of the Arts after high school, his family was unable to afford the cost of tuition so he began painting as a muralist throughout the Bay Area while he was in community college. During that time, he struggled with depression and low self-esteem. Through his art he was able to begin healing himself and the youth in his community. In his mid-twenties he began working with Aspiranet, teaching visual arts at elementary schools in the Oakland Unified School District, and then worked with the Attitudinal Healing Connection to teach visual arts to middle and high school students in Oakland. Dorias was clear that he wanted to continue working with young people and helping them empower themselves through self-expression. After being introduced to Challenge Day he knew this was the work he was meant to do.
If you really knew me, you would know…
- Painting and making music are my passions. It's an emotional and creative outlet for me. My art and music are my therapy and voice to the world.
- I absolutely love skateboarding. It can be very painful, it's exhilarating, and it's a form of dance and physical self-expression while giving your body a good work out. It just doesn't get any better than that.
- I love learning, discovering new things, and meeting new people. I've discovered that I grow the most when I expose myself to the unknown and am willing to take risks.
- Working with young people is something that I hold very dear to my heart. To be able to teach them and give back and be a positive role model is very important to me, and they also teach me so much.
- I believe we all have a purpose and place in this world and that we are here to learn as students of this Earth school. So many wonderful life lessons and moments of growth to be had. I believe there is an opportunity for growth of character in each and every one of our life experiences, good or bad.