The Collective

Trust Your Struggle (TYS) is an artist collective of visual artists, educators, and cultural workers dedicated to social justice and community activism through the medium of art. Our work includes but is not limited to graphic design, printmaking, silk screening, photography, illustration, graffiti writing, and mural painting. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area and New York City we have produced gallery installations, live paintings, murals and arts education workshops with youth and community organizations since 2003. Our art continues the legacy of visual language, as we are contemporary storytellers influenced by graffiti art, comic books, political posters, religious spiritual icons, and our own indigenous traditions.


    We are asking you to support us in our international solidarity Mural Tour in using arts as a tool to create social change to the Philippine Island this summer.

    “After two successful mural tours through Latin America the United States, TYS intends to continue its work of community exchange and arts education. TYS intends to strengthen our commitment to building a global community and to support in giving voice to various communities that we partner with. By working with the most disenfranchised communities, TYS utilizes its talents and skills to tell the stories of communities on the edge of survival.”
    This summer, TYS will embark on a one month mural tour of the Philippine Islands. While much media coverage has been given to many recent tragedies that have devastated communities in Haiti and elsewhwere, the plight of the Filipino people, who experienced massive devastation in 2009 from which the country is still recovering.

    You can help support this tour!  Donate to TYS and together we can paint a world of international solidarity and positive creative social change!



    We have workshop curriculum that engage youth and community members to demonstrate their experiences and knowledge so that their culture, history and stories are depicted. Our workshops are hands-on and interactive. We involve our participants in both the conceptual and technical process of our all our projects. TYS workshops can be delivered in English, Spanish or Tagalog.
    Trust Your Struggle has completed workshops at the following Universities and public institutions: Trinity College (West Virginia), University of San Carlos (Guatemala), University of Llanos (Colombia), University of Valle (Colombia), University of Meta (Colombia), Library Galvis Galvis (Colombia), East Side Arts Alliance (Oakland, CA), Brecht Forum (New York, New York) and numerous other middle schools and high schools throughout Bay Area, CA and New York City.
    · New Design High School 2007-present
    · Culture Clash. Brecht Forum, New York, NY. January 30-31, 2010
    · Elemental Youth Camp, Portland, Oregon 2009
    · Pecha Kucha, Oakland, CA 2009
    · Estria’s Invitational Graf Battle, 1AM Gallery, SF, 2009
    · St. Margaret’s Center, LA, CA 2009
    · MS 88, Brooklyn New York 2008
    · Wampanoag Nation, Assonet, MA 2007
    · Guest Teaching Artist, Urban Arts Festival. Urban Arts High School. Brooklyn, NY. 2007
    · Mural Design Teaching Artist, New Beginnings High School. NY, NY. 2007
    · Guest Mural Instructor, June Jordan HS: School of Equity. SF, CA. 2007-2008
    · Phillis Wheatley MS-PS328. Brooklyn, NY. 2006-2007
    · Teaching Artist, Performance Arts and Technology HS (PATHS). Brooklyn, NY. 2006-2007



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