As Executive Director of the Department of Public Words, Holly Combs delights in using words and art to speak power into the lives of elementary students, juvenile offenders, government officials, church leaders, corporate executives, and everyone in between. Since 2014, she has led more than 10,000 people to new perspectives, including the audience at the TED conference in Indianapolis. Challenged by dyslexia all her life, Holly graduated from Herron School of Art in 2001 with a BFA in Visual Communications. She formerly published an internationally distributed street art magazine, PEEL, curated Alias Gallery in Indianapolis (featuring international street art), and co-authored the street art book, PEEL: The Art of the Sticker. A Tennessee native, Holly and her artist husband, Dave, along with their two beautiful children, reside in Indianapolis, where they together create powerful, positive, socially relevant messages through vibrant combinations of images and typography. Holly sums up her life and work well: “I practice the art of inspiration, and people are my canvas.”