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You Are Loved

For the launch of our new CLU Live! podcast on Tuesday, August 7th, we are thrilled to share our conversation with artist and visionary, Alex Cook, whose works of art — specifically the “You Are Loved” mural project, aim to uplift individuals, communities and society.

A native of Southern California, Cook currently resides in Boston, MA.  Since 1997, he has created 110 murals across the nation and abroad — 46 of which are a part of the “You Are Loved” project.  From schools, faith communities, homeless shelters to correctional facilities, you will see the words: “You Are Loved” and other words of affirmation boldly proclaimed.

“My sense of the ‘You Are Loved’ message is that it’s unequivocally true about every single being.  I don’t want [it] to be limited to schools, churches, or even public spaces.  I want this message, the purest, most innocent, most powerful message to go to the places where it is least understood, or least felt and where people are most in need.  And sometimes that’s the place where it could be most powerful in affecting change in someone’s thinking, someone’s feeling about their life,” Cook explains.

In this episode, we discuss the significance of positive thinking and conversation, its necessary place in our world today, and the power of art as a vibrant invitation to engage and inspire others.

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About the Artist Alex Cook:

Alex Cook is a multi-disciplinary artist living in Boston, MA. Since 1997 he has created over 110 murals in the US and abroad. In 2014 he created the YOU ARE LOVED mural project, collaborating with organizations of all types to artfully express that important message. He has written and recorded 6  albums of original songs and performs around the US. Alex is available to paint murals, create works of art, and speak to your school or organization about community building through art and/or the YOU ARE LOVED mural project.

About the “Singing’ in the Rain” podcast series: In this CLU Live! podcast series, we’ll take a look at changemakers who are “singin’ in the rain” despite difficult times—artists, innovators, and educators who are brightening the horizons, pushing past negativity with persistent positivity. Singin’ in the Rain, we hope, will challenge your thinking, downsize pessimism, and, of course, inspire you to sing and dance in your own way—despite the rain.

David Carter

David Carter

Dr. Carter is an executive trainer, professional speaker, and best-selling author. An experienced educator for several institutions, businesses, and non-profit organizations, he has also served in the United States Air Force as a combat engineer, as a Kansas police officer, and as an education technician for the National Park Service. He holds a doctorate in Higher Education and Organizational Change from Benedictine University, and currently serves as Claremont Lincoln University’s Dean of the Ethical Leadership program.

Dr. Carter has given two TEDx talks about leadership: The Lesser Seat (2015) and How Old Are You? (2016), in addition to establishing the Laurie Marie Foundation—a non-profit devoted to developing student leaders and providing scholarships. His previous work has appeared on multiple news and media outlets and, most recently, C-SPAN’s Book TV, which highlighted his 2013 bestseller, Mayday over Wichita.

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David Carter

David Carter

Dr. Carter is an executive trainer, professional speaker, and best-selling author. An experienced educator for several institutions, businesses, and non-profit organizations, he has also served in the United States Air Force as a combat engineer, as a Kansas police officer, and as an education technician for the National Park Service. He holds a doctorate in Higher Education and Organizational Change from Benedictine University, and currently serves as Claremont Lincoln University’s Dean of the Ethical Leadership program.

Dr. Carter has given two TEDx talks about leadership: The Lesser Seat (2015) and How Old Are You? (2016), in addition to establishing the Laurie Marie Foundation—a non-profit devoted to developing student leaders and providing scholarships. His previous work has appeared on multiple news and media outlets and, most recently, C-SPAN’s Book TV, which highlighted his 2013 bestseller, Mayday over Wichita.

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