Theater & art

Painter: Kitauna Parker

Five-year-old Simone Zanetti, of Italy, got a closer look at a globe by Kitauna Parker.

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Five-year-old Simone Zanetti, of Italy, got a closer look at a globe by Kitauna Parker.

Charlie Mahoney

Artist Kitauna Parker (left) posed with her painting and her mentor Cassandra Lattimore (right) and her daughter, Justice Lattimore-Wellington at the Artists for Humanity's End of Summer exhibitio,.

When she first laid eyes on the blank canvas of a giant white globe, Kitauna Parker admits, “I thought it was impossible.”

Parker, 19, led a small team in painting the “Cool Globes” project for Artists for Humanity, an art and enterprise program for Boston teens. The challenge got her creative wheels spinning, and what she had originally envisioned as a simple blue-and-green globe became a call to mindfulness. Text prompting self-awareness and environmental awareness runs up and down the sphere.

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“Once you do meditation and yoga, you find peace within yourself and you get more connected to your environment,” Parker says. “You get grounded down, and your emotions flow like water.”

She wrote a poem to accompany the globe. It reads, in part, “We need unity,/ to reunite with the climate and earth,/ to come along as one whole/ and to be mindful of our surroundings.”

Although Parker was daunted at first, the artist says once the group got to work on the globe, it was fun, as was writing the poem. “I felt like I was making a statement,” she says, “and maybe folks would stop and read it.”

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