On Tuesday, December 6th, I had the honor and pleasure to discuss some of the things I am most passionate about in life and in Charlotte, NC. As part of the #discussclt podcast which is produced by Charlotte Magazine (www.charlottemagazine.com) I was interviewed by Andy Smith and Andy Goh [The 2 Andy’s as I called them!) about my art and board of director involvement along with how others can get involved.
Take time to listen to the podcast and let me know what you think!
One of the things I am really passionate about is art engagement and arts education. Having lived in NY and Charlotte, NC, I have seen what cultural arts brings to a city and how it enhances a community. I am blessed to be able to sit on the Boards of several arts/cultural institutions here in Charlotte.
During my tenure, I feel it is incumbent of me to provide education and opportunities for all to experience the art in our community. So I was humbled and honored when the Bechtler asked me to feature in their latest installments of membership drive videos. Take a look and listen to how I briefly discuss art places and art spaces as community zones and providing culture for all.
I hope everyone had a great weekend and was able to continue working on your nonprofit or small business. I was fortunate enough to attend one of the best parties/fundraisers in Charlotte, NC on Friday, which happens to the Bechtler Museum’s Annual Gala. It’s an awesome time of music, silent auctions, ever-changing themes and a Who’s Who of Charlotte. If you have not made it out the previous 5 years, I suggest you add it to your 2017 list of gala’s to attend!
So, as the season of gala’s and fundraisers approaches us, please make note that development and efforts to cultivate donors and new audiences is key. One particular demographic to extend your efforts to are African-Americans. Here is a great article that sheds light on the subject and gives some valuable tips to help your engagement efforts.
Welcome to December and I hope you plan on making it a December to remember! I have that thought in mind as we look towards the last 31 days of 2015. 2016 will be here before you know it so it is time to plant some seeds so they can begin to germinate soon.
One of the great things I love and am passionate about is my fondness for art and youth. It’s a blessing that I get to combine those two with my current position at the MCSO as the Adolescent Program Manager for Youthful Offenders. Working with youth in detention is not easy but when you have the resources and an avid staff that is open to trying new things, you can get results.
One of the things we have been trying is art therapy and art exposure in the jails. Through a partnership with The Bechtler Museum [disclaimer: I am on the Board of Directors], we bring in artists in residency to teach the kids about art and how it can be useful or profitable in their lives.
I want to thank Charlotte Magazine for this great piece on my work in the community and how we can all affect the kids who need help! The link is below so please enjoy and let me know what you think.