Andrea joined Free Arts Minnesota at the beginning of this year and has been an incredible Team Lead for the group at Rice Rec.
The Rice Rec team has made a huge impact on the youth at their site. Andrea has shown her dedication to making the team a success by always having a positive attitude, brainstorming engaging projects, and having fun with the kids!
Andrea, your passion and dedication to the youth at Rice Rec is incredible and we could not reach them without your help! Thank you for sticking with the group and making it a positive experience for all involved!
“I look most forward to seeing what the kids make each week. They are so creative and often end up with a product that I wouldn’t have expected or imagined.”
How did you get involved with Free Arts?
I first learned about Free Arts and the mentorship program through a visit to the office organized by the Junior League of Minneapolis.
Why do you mentor with Free Arts?
I moved back to the Twins Cities last year and wanted a way to reconnect with the community. The Free Arts mentorship program provides me with the opportunity to connect to the community on a deeper level and explore my creative side.
What is your favorite moment of your mentor experience so far?
My favorite moment was when we were presenting a project for St. Patrick’s Day which required the kids to paint small snack bowls green to make Leprachaun hats. One of this kids asked if they could paint it a different color (as they often did). We explained they could only paint the hats green because Leprechauns get their magic powers from the color green. The kids completely bought the story and didn’t ask any more questions about using different colors.
What do you look forward to most about going to Free Arts each week?
I look most forward to seeing what the kids make each week. They are so creative and often end up with a product that I wouldn’t have expected or imagined.
Any advice to share with other mentors?
Be flexible and patient. When we first started off at our location we only had 3 mentors and close the 30 kids! We had a few hectic weeks, but after some time we were able to learn what types of projects worked well for our kids and were able to adjust our projects to ensure success for the class.