In March of 2016 I traveled to Peru to study the pots of their pre-columbian cultures. The ancient artifacts and architecture I was exposed to were overwhelming. I visited the Larco museum which has a collection of over 300,000 pieces and ceramic vessels stacked as far as the eye can see. Sites like Pachacamac, Tambomachay, and Machu Picchu which have survived centuries of earthquake and weather still stand with such force and energy it was impossible not to be completely consumed by their power. The poverty was sad but the culture was rich and after seeing all of these incredible things I can only image what it must of looked like before European influence. I had taken a bunch of art supplies with me to give out to the children of Cuzco and one of my fondest memories from the trip was when I gave a young boy who was selling souvenirs down a small ally a Star Wars coloring book. Two hours later I went down that same ally to find the boy still coloring I feel bad he probably didn't sell a lot of stuff because he was enjoying his new book but it was really incredible to see the power that art has to lift the spirit. This trip was incredible in so many ways and I am so very grateful to have had such an opportunity.