Woman of Vitality

download (7)A prominent and leading influence of our time, Rebecca Flores is acknowledged as the woman with vitality.  She is a  Counselor/Clinician, a Registered Expressive Art Therapist (REAT), a philanthropist, an international visual artist, designer, art coach, accomplished author, poet,  speaker, educationalist, producer, and former TV personality. Rebecca has been an artist for most of her life and a gallery owner.  For years people have been collecting her art and used it as a means for fundraising to help raise funds for causes.

She is of Puerto Rican ethnicity who was born on June 18, 1957, in New York City, raised in the South Bronx and the oldest of 8 children.  Rebecca considers herself a Nuyorican artist and poet. She remembers living through the artistic expressive sounds of dance moves and tunes of the hip hop era, salsa era, the spoken word, along with graffiti art and writing during the ’70s and up to the mid-’80s at a time when the Puerto Rican migration and movement was materializing steadily and prompt, she witnessed how the transformation in neighborhoods characterized the exertions of cultures to preserve their significance and value.   In spite of this, she took in consideration the mayhem of perseverance and respect over the years that came with independence and those who wrote about it, including both her parents being poets themselves, her father an artist and her mother a seamstress, and how this did not stop them from surviving.

At age 10,  Rebecca had an affinity for painting and writing compositions that won her first award in writing in elementary school.   As a young girl growing up poverty-stricken in the South  Bronx she had dreams and a fascination for the arts, although she helped raise her siblings, she still kept her passion alive.  She knew in her heart that one day her love for painting, poetry and speaking along with her other talents would later be the Spiritual highlights of her foundation.

In 200l, 2002 and 2003, Rebecca exhibited her art and was a speaker at the Hispanic American Chamber of  Commerce during  Business Med Week in Providence.  In the same year, she was awarded the  Community  Merit  Award for her community participation in the arts at the Providence State  House, where Senator Patrick Kennedy and other  community leaders presented  her with numerous accolades.  Her daughter Natasha Love, recited the National Anthem.  The following year after the loss of her father she wrote, illustrated and self-published her first book,  Elements of Life – Elements de Vida.

Later,  Rebecca  was  involved  with  the  Rhode Island  School of Design Art Committee, writing for the schools’ Museum’s Hispanic photography exhibition, which entailed speaking on behalf of the Latino artist  and  interpreting  for the  artist.  During that time she joined the Writer’s  Circle, and the  Women’s   Guild.  Shortly after,  an opportunity for hosting  television came to play.  Rebecca has also broadcast and produced her own TV  program on Public  Education   and Government (PEG),  Rhode  Island  Stations.

In  2007,  she was a guest art exhibitor and speaker for The  Girls  Inc.,  at the  Latina  & Empowering Symposium, in   Hartford, Connecticut and also the Guest Artist/Speaker at the Connecticut State University, in Hartford.  Rebecca  also  had  the  privilege to exhibit her art, speak and recite her spoken word poetry at The Community Renewal Team, Inc, Hartford, CT., for “Grandmothers raising children Again” and for Johnson and Wales University for the Latino Business   Networking   Evening Event in Providence. She also performed  her spoken word   poetry at the Rhode Island Black Repertory  Theatre  Entitled  “An  Evening with Rebecca.”

Since the loss of her daughter in 2008, Rebecca’s art and  language, and measures of life continue to arouse our spirits, essence and the vitality of our mind by energizing,  healing our heart and soul in a therapeutic form.

2010, was a year of greatness when she received a call from Daniel Padilla,  the  Executive Director of the  Francisco Oller Museo de Arte,  Bayamon, Puerto Rico who asked her to come and exhibit her work and speak to the Scholars on violence and education.   She was greeted by dignitaries and received applauds from the people of her heritage with a ribbon cutting ceremony that took  place in her  honor  with her son Joshua Elijah,  after her uplifting  speech of the tragic loss  of her daughter and how her son encourages her life with his blessing,  strength, and courage.   Ms. Flores continues exhibiting her art and speaks to the world with her spirituality.

Her aim in life is to inspire every age especially the younger generation to embrace life and realize that they can account for its change in an expressive manner and belief.

Currently, Rebecca mentors high school students and works with women and underprivileged youth in Counseling, Expressive Arts and Poetry in hopes of improving and enhancing physical, emotional, social and psychological awareness.  She is surrounding herself with knowledge and wisdom in the area of her culture in Puerto Rican Literature and mental health.

   “Live, Grow, Inspire and Develop”