HOWARD-SUAMICO, Wis.– Students in the Howard-Suamico school district listened to a powerful message through a live art performance.

Painting Hope is a program designed to help stop bullying while building personal empowerment. Artist Eric Samuel Timm, a Wisconsin native, uses his words and the canvas to inspire young people.

“Growing up in Wisconsin was probably one of the best things that has happened to me it shaped my life in a very profound way. a lot has changed since then. But pain and hope and students have to chose which force they want in their lives,” Timm explained.

Words can be used as weapons or to make lives better. Timm travels the nation delivering that message.

Listen to our interview with Dan Herod of Youth Alive talk about these school assemblies. You can find more info on Painting Hope and Youth Alive in Wisconsin here and here.

(H/T: NBC26)