Activist, illustrator and author Nikkolas Smith will be at Chaucer’s Books for a reading and signing of his children’s book “The Artivist,” 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17 at 3321 State St., Santa Barbara.

When a young boy realizes the scope of inequities in the wider world, he’s seized with the urge to do more. He decides to bring together the different parts of himself — the artist and the activist — to become an “artivist.”

After his mural goes viral, he sets out to change the world one painting at a time.

“The Artivist” is a call to action for young readers to point out injustice in their lives and try to heal the world through their art.

An artivist himself, Smith is a picture book author, and Hollywood film illustrator. He is the author-illustrator of “The Golden Girls of Rio,” “My Hair Is Poofy” and “That’s Okay.”

He illustrated the picture books “I Am Ruby Bridges,” “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever: The Courage to Dream,” “That Flag,” and the New York Times bestselling “The 1619 Project: Born on the Water.”

Some of Nikkolas’ viral and globally published sketches that have sparked conversations and inspired change are included in his book “Sunday Sketch: The Art of Nikkolas.”
Born in Houston, Texas, Nikkolas lives in Los Angeles.

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