Thursday, November 5, 2009
For three years, I was an ArtWorks Apprentice. It was a coveted role among young artists in Cincinnati and I was so happy to have it. According to their website, "... ArtWorks is a non-profit arts organization that connects artists of all ages with opportunities in the arts through inspiring apprenticeships, community partnerships, and public art."
Through Artworks, I helped create projects for The Cincinnati Art Museum, The Taft Museum of Art and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. I was also chosen to be on the first-ever Teen Advisory Board at the Cincinnati Art Museum.
Being a part of ArtWorks was a great way for me to become acquainted with the art world before college. As part of an artist collective, I learned new techniques, how to present a projects to a board and how to be a professional. I also made valuable connections and lasting friendships. As a matter of fact, Jeni Crone, a friend and fellow O&M contributor and I met through ArtWorks. Jeni is now working at 826 Chicago, "a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write." As an 826 Intern, Jeni helps kids with their homework, reads stories and assembles "chap books," small books of stories the kids write and the drawings they've done to accompany them.
Whether beautifying a city or helping others to be creative, being an active artist in your community is really important and can mean a lot to a lot of different people. Get out there!