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Sharon Arts Center
January 24, 2011

I began my relationship with Sharon Arts as a student in the summer classes when I was a sophomore, but my real involvement began with their high school portfolio building class, ArtAccess. It was here that exposed me to the world of art beyond drawing and painting. Nome and Melanie, the leaders of the program, did everything in their power to give us a wonderful experience between taking us to artist studios and planning art events, and showing us how to use new mediums (like metal or chocolate!). I came back to ArtAccess a year later and worked as an intern for the class, and it was just as great, if not better! We did a 150 ft mural for the local hospital and hosted Art Attack which is this crazy open house party type event that lets young adults come to the school overnight and try their hand at a whole bunch of different mediums and art games. But basically, ArtAccess was a creative outlet, a guiding hand, and a type of home for me. I made so many artistic friends, and was exposed to opportunities I never would have found on my own. Sharon Arts is an incredible place, and a safe haven for artists. I'd recommend it to anyone with any type of interest in art in the New England area!

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my college application portfolio; I am going to RISD now, member art shows, hospital mural and plaza underpass mural, Art Attack, Children and the Arts Day, etc

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make advertising more prominent. Sharon Arts and its programs and opportunities seem to be relatively unknown to kids at the high school. This is something kids should know about and take advantage of, especially since some of the public school art departments aren't that great.

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I was a student and an intern for their ArtAccess program.