BlankCanvas2Art began in 2015 after the murder of my nephew, Perry Alan Costley, who was in a gang. While cleaning out his room, my sister - Vanessa Williams, found beautiful artwork as well as song lyrics in his room. The artwork and the memorable lyrics to one of his many creations spoke of his family struggle and why he turned to the streets to make a living. I strongly believe had Perry’s talents been nurtured and supported, he would have had a more positive outlet for gaining income and self-worth. There are many other young people in his situation. I want to help them see their potential and help them channel it into something positive and affirming.