In considering the prompt “What is your vision for the future of Vermont?” I decided to center the artwork around Kelis the Afronaut, a Black warrior conceptualized by my family collective Juniper Creative Arts. Kelis travels through space and time fighting for justice for all Black, Indigenous, and Brown folks. Kelis embodies joy, love, resilience, and a revolutionary spirit. She typically wears armor that keeps her protected against hundreds of years of oppression and the virus of racism. In spite of anti-Black sentiment and injustice, Kelis remains tender, light, and free because Black joy is her rebellion. Kelis is here to remind us that we are interconnected and that we must live and love in mutuality with the natural and spirit worlds. In doing so we help shape a future world where BIPOC folks are free and liberated. Kelis is depicted here without her armor because in a Vermont utopia she doesn’t have to wear protection against racism and oppression. In a Vermont utopia, that virus doesn’t have the conditions to thrive, therefore it cannot take hold. In this utopia, Kelis is free to be Black and full of joy. She holds a poppy flower to honor the lives of those who fought and died in the many revolutions against colonialism, slavery, and racism.