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Art of the Athlete program allows students to showcase their identities through art

Trinity Gonzales, 14, Art of the Athlete participant with Southwestern Oregon Boys and Girls Club (SBG)

COOS BAY, Ore. -- Trinity Gonzales is excited to be in the Art of the Athlete program and the opportunity to showcase her work, where she can showcase her favorite hobby, her Puerto Rican heritage and her spirituality.

"I was a dancer since I was 13," she says. "Brown is my favorite color. My skin is brown because I feel like I'm chocolate. I love chocolate.

"I put Jesus and Holy Ghost because I'm named after God, Jesus and the Holy Ghost and I've been in church a lot."

The students worked for about a week on art like to showcase their identities.

The program was started at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon where Jordyn Shaw is a masters art student.

"No matter who you are, you have an identity," Shaw says, "and you have a culture, and helping kids be able to find that and really figure out who they are through art is a big deal."

The program is for ages 14 and up, but there are some as young as 10 in the group.

"In high school, they start to get in where there's stereotypes placed on them," Shaw says, "so those topics tend to go around that age, but some of the younger kids have responded really well."

Trinity says she'll stay involved with sports and art when she starts at North Bend High School this fall.

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