After growing up heavily influenced by California’s cultural mélange of surf, skate, hot rod, and hip-hop cultures, Patrice Milillo studied English Education and Creative Writing at California State University, Long Beach, and earned his teaching credential from San Jose State University. Integrating these influences into his public school classroom, Patrice believes that students from all backgrounds become engaged, educated, and empowered to navigate and transform their worlds. 

In his tenure as a public school teacher in San Jose, Patrice hosted a range of arts-based events and provided community funded after-school arts programs until he decided to create Art is Power, an organization dedicated to expanding social, ecological, and economic opportunities through creativity and the arts. Through Art is Power, Patrice works with and documents visionary arts initiatives around the world.