“Exposure to the arts transformed my childhood experience. It made me open to learning, thinking, and feeling.”
Co-Founder & Artistic Board Chair, Urban Arts Partnership
With all the stress I had to endure as a child in the welfare system in abject poverty, just getting to school was a major effort. By the time I got to school, I was already emotionally shut down and couldn’t receive what was being taught to me.
Art changed that. It opened my heart, my eyes, and my ears. And I was open to learning, mainly because the arts didn’t insult my intelligence. My humanity was respected while my critical thinking was challenged. This is just part of why I’ve dedicated my life to being an advocate for arts in the schools and arts education.