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About

Will Kasso Condry is a renowned street artist, educator, and community organizer living in Middlebury, Vermont. Growing up in the inner-city of Trenton, New Jersey, Kasso’s only escape from the negative images that plagued his community was art. Painting and drawing became his loyal friends at a time when many of his peers were falling victim to the streets. As he grew up, the need for self-expression empowered him to create in a variety of media all the while avoiding the violence and conflicts that surrounded him. Kasso studied fine art and illustration at The College of New Jersey as a first-generation college student. He furthered his education under the tutelage of legendary graffiti artist and educator Daniel “POSE 2” Hopkins aka Maxx Moses. Kasso’s lived experiences and cultural heritage, and social issues inform the subject of his murals, paintings, and illustrations. Additionally, his life’s work centers on using mural arts as a vehicle for community-building, activism, beautification, and healing. For over 20 years, Will’s public art initiatives and civic engagement has had profound impact by helping vulnerable and fractured communities come together to creatively problem solve issues that affect their neighborhoods and everyday lives. Kasso firmly believes in the power of art to inspire, empower, create dialogue, and improve lives. Kasso previously served as the Alexander Twilight Artist-in-Residence at Middlebury College where he completed extensive mural and portrait art at the Anderson Freeman Resource Center in 2017. Since relocating to Vermont, Kasso has facilitated community mural projects with MiddView Trips, the Center for Community Engagement, Bristol Hub Teen Center, Hunt Middle School, and Middlebury Union Middle School. He is currently a visiting instructor at Middlebury College where he teaches courses on the origins and politics of Graffiti and Street Art and the Elements of Hip-Hop Culture. With his partner and collaborator, Jennifer Herrera Condry, Kasso travels and facilitates community mural projects around the Northeast.