Life Pieces to Masterpieces provides opportunities for African American males (ages 3-21) to discover and activate their ability to change challenges into possibilities.

Life Pieces to Masterpieces was founded in the summer of 1996 by youth advocate, Mary Brown, and native Washingtonian and professional artist, Larry B. Quick. Started primarily as an arts organization, with seven young participants on a shoestring budget, LPTM took its name from the unique style of art the participants (called apprentices) collectively created. The technique of painting canvas, cutting it into various shapes, and sewing the pieces together allowed them to tell their powerful stories. This innovative form of art encouraged the apprentices to process challenging life experiences and served as a metaphor for positive development – the “masterpiece.”

Since its inception, Life Pieces to Masterpieces has grown into a multi-faceted developmental organization whose mission is actualized on a daily basis via the use of a unique and effective 4-part Human Development System (referred to as LPTM Basics.) It is through these “basics” – PURPOSE, PREMISE, PROCESS, and DECISION-MAKING TOOL that we give rise to a generation of youth and future adults who will influence positive change and demonstrate social responsibility.

1. Love + Security + Expression = Life

2. No Love + No Security + No Expression = Death

3. Connect, Create, Contribute, and Celebrate