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Hope for the future is what keeps us moving forward, but it can take many forms. What does hope look like to you? Fill your stars with hopes to hang in places that need extra light.


  • Star template
  • Patterned paper
  • Pipe cleaners (or yarn or string)
  • Markers
  • Glue
  • Scissors 

How to make Hopeful Stars:

  • Think about a hope you want to share. Write or draw things on a star that display your hope.
  • Cut and glue on patterned paper to fill the empty spaces.
  • Add another layer to your artwork by drawing on another pattern.
  • Cut a hole and thread the pipe cleaner through.
  • Tie the ends of the pipe cleaner together to hang. 

This activity was developed by Chanel Thervil, a Haitian American artist and educator. Chanel uses varying combinations of abstraction and portraiture to convene communal dialogue around culture, social issues, and existential questions. At the core of her practice lies a desire to empower and inspire tenderness and healing among communities of color through the arts.


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