"It is art that makes life, makes interest, makes importance and I know of no substitute whatever for the force and beauty of its process." ~Max Eastman
Thoughts from jill-
MENTORS HELPING MENTORS
Beyond enjoying the regular rewards of being a Free Arts volunteer, I have always wanted to encourage and support others to be even more involved with the organization. Becoming a part of the Mentor to Mentor Committee has provided me with an opportunity to have discussions with like-minded mentors. We are focusing on what is needed for greater quality of service and community support for both Free Arts kids and their mentors. Each member of this newly developed team is passionate about striving towards a positive and impactful Free Arts experience for every individual involved.
As expected, discussions between passionate, driven volunteers produce numerous great ideas, including: the Sponsor a Mentor initiative, new training insights, and engaging events that will enhance our role as volunteers. We meet monthly to answer the many questions that arise: How can we support and openly appreciate our dedicated art mentor volunteers? Is there a way we can all help each other as part of the Free Arts Community? What resources can be provided to mentors in need of more training, ideas, and discussion? How can we, as central components of this great organization, be advocates for the Free Arts mission?
The Mentor to Mentor Committee continues to work on solutions and currently, we are offering volunteers free workshops with art project ideas and mentoring tips, networking opportunities, The Free Arts Experience Blog. We are all proud to be serving as members and are dedicated to acting as a resource for other volunteers in the service of enrichment, community building and assisting Free Arts Minnesota in outreach.
Join us this spring - online or in person - and share your Free Arts experience!
This month, we would like to thank Lindsey Woulett-Anderson for her help with the Mentor Workshop. Lindsey did a fantastic job planning, prepping, and presenting a project to share with the other mentors that attended. With her help we were able to create a workshop that was beneficial and informative!
Also, a big thanks goes out to our Mentor to Mentor Committee. They have been hard at work planning many events for the Free Arts mentors. Their efforts are making events such as, workshops, Mentor Happy Hour, and Volunteer Appreciation possible throughout the session!
FEATURED PROJECT: Celebrity Pop Art
Our featured project this month uses Andy Warhol and pop art for inspiration. Celebrity Pop Art is a great project to do with teenagers, but may work with younger ages too depending on the skill level of the group. It is a great way to introduce the kids to another form of art and grab their attention by using celebrities. Find the curriculum by clicking here!