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California Sen. Senator Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica) has selected Hollywood Hills street artist Corie Mattie as the 26th Senate District Woman of the Year.
Also known as the L.A. Hope Dealer, Mattie’s murals can be seen throughout Los Angeles County, spreading inspiration and positivity during the COVID-19 pandemic, Allen said.
“Corie has taken one of the most challenging periods of our lifetime and channeled it into something moving and meaningful,” Allen added. “Her work is testament to the power of art and its ability to deliver something that has felt scarce over the last year – hope. Corie’s designs and messages elevate every community they touch, helping remind us that brighter days are ahead.”
After several years in the sports industry, Mattie left her job to pursue dreams of connecting the world through art. She brings humility and personal experiences to her creative imagery and wordplay, often in large public spaces. One of her prominent murals with a message, “Cancel Plans. Not Humanity,” can be seen at the corner of Beverly Boulevard and Doheny Drive.
“I am honored to receive the recognition of Woman of the Year 2021. I appreciate Senator Allen’s respect for the arts and how it positively contributes to the community,” Mattie said. “I will continue to spread my message of hope even through the darkest of times. Art expression is vital to the world we live in, and will continue to make our community grow and heal.”