Brent Billingsley is an artist and an empowering voice behind youth and communities. He is also a Behavioral Health Specialist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital medical Center/Psychiatry and theCEO of Art Reconciliation Truth and Empowerment. “ARTE” is a non-profit geared toward the utilization of therapeutic artistic engagement and the performance arts. Brent says a nihilistic state of being inspires him the most because the canvas must be repurposed and then re-primed before the painting can begin. He graduated in 2013 from Miami University with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts with a concentration in Printmaking and from the University of Cincinnati in 2015 with a Masters in Social Work. This artist’s intention is to help all whom he is blessed to come in contact with realize that they are part of something bigger than themselves and that their part matters. The goal is to utilize art as rhetorical vernacular and encourage people to do something they have never done before, acknowledge the exertion, forfeit maladaptive ideations and upon one’s own artistic epiphany; act on it. Brent believes that the world can be changed through art, through children and through us. He believes that art removes many, if not all; BARRIERS!