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Review for Art Studio Inc, Miami, FL, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Hi Art Studio Miami Supporters! In 2009 I was given the chance to run a Make Art Matter –Eco-Art projects at Art Studio Miami. I did a few projects with Art Studio students coming from Mc Crary Jr Elementary/ and The Bridge. I’ll never forget the kid’s faces when we picked them up after school and walked them to the studio. The kids were amazed of how beautiful the inside of the building, they ran up the stairs screaming ART STUDIO! ART STUDIO! LOL it was quite loud and surprising for us! The first project was for the everglades the kids got a chance to learn about saving water and the everglades from Young Friends of Everglades, they all worked together to draw out tile pieces. I was happy with how much effort the kids put in to their tile work. The day that they worked on their tile pieces they blew me away. They all sat quietly and drew their favorite everglades critter. They really made me proud that day – what was even better was we were invited to “march for parks” @ the everglades. That was awesome being able to take them to see the everglades after a month of seeing animal pics, hearing from eco-orgs about the everglades and working on animal pics they got a chance to experience it one on one. The coolest thing was when some of the parents came to me to say thank you for giving them the experience that there was priceless. Being at Art Studio Miami was one of my greatest experiences to date. It became like a family for me. That summer I worked on an ocean awareness project “one I wanted to do the following year with the Mc Crary students, but have not yet”. I did the project with the bridge kids from the Miami Bridge Youth Services. This was also a huge learning/growing experience for me. The first time I met the kids from the bridge I was nervous I thought they would laugh at me if I showed them picture slide show about sea turtles. The kids where hard on the outside and softer then marshmallows on the inside that’s what I learned the day I pulled out a sea turtle lesson plan for the group. At first they looked puzzled but they were interested they all surrounded me and watched my presentation; they openly talked about what they knew about ocean litter, and the environment. Some of the girls were really in to this project! That’s when I learned that we “label” children like we label in society. Kids want to know they want to understand themselves and the world around them- the bridge touched my heart in so many ways I tear up just thinking about it a lot of times questioning my own strengths and weaknesses at hand. One of the kids that will always sit in my heart is Lee Lee first walked in to the studio very quiet and withdrawn. His eyes were filled with anger and all it took was me to hand him a sketchbook and challenging him to draw a shark this inspired him so much that soon after he became interested in furniture design. I saw a complete 3/60 in lee he started making friends, and talking in class he would take home books on design and practice in the shelter. I fell in love with all these kids these kids that reminded me so much of myself as a teenager. Lee finally left the shelter after pretty much his entire life being in and out of that place he was given the chance to join the job core where he would be inspired to take up art. Lee was not the only student we seen change from the Art Studio experience kids all over the neighborhood started hearing about us. They would show up on the door step hungry for knowledge, hungry to expand their creativity and learn, they wanted to talk and see the world. They know in their hearts that this is a place where they’d come to be cultured, where their gifts and talents won’t be short handed or overlooked from the world and where passionate, hard working people look to inspire youth! Love and Light to Art Studio and all the community!

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Role:  Former staff & Make Art Matter for The Planet.