The volunteer spirit runs in my family. Memories of volunteering at church, school and local hospitals are constant throughout my life. In my adult life, creating art, art education and arts advocacy are driving forces for me. Volunteering in these areas allows me to use my gifts to help build a sense of culture and community which is key to feeling a part of things. In order to feel a part of things one must participate. I strive to find opportunities to serve through artful experiences.I have participated in many worthwhile opportunities such as being the Resident Coordinator of Living Aledo. I am volunteering my time to building a section of the Living Aledo magazine called Creative Corner which spotlights student artists in Aledo ISD. Each year I give artwork to nonprofits for auction. I have had artwork auctioned for several non-profits such as The BRIT (The Botanic Research Institute of Texas) for their Fete du Vin, and event which focuses on sustainability and Chase’s Place, a private non-profit school serving students with moderate to severe developmental disabilities including traumatic brain injuries and neurological disorders. I have worked with LeaderKids Fort Worth, an after school program in FWISD focused on developing leadership skills in middle school students through community involvement. In addition to this I also have developed a social media campaign,
#K12ArtChallenge, to encourage teachers and students to create and innovate. This is a global creativity challenge hosted by artists and art teachers from around the world. We post weekly challenges to which our global personal learning network, #K12ArtChat, responds to in a visual way via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. I can honestly say that this challenge is making an impact on professional development for myself and many others around the globe in a profound and meaningful way.