Teaching art the Boy's and Girls Club | Mission Continues Fellowship

About a year ago today I started volunteering my time at the Daytona Beach Boy's and Girl's club as an art teacher through a fellowship I am apart of called The Mission Continues. The MC is a fellowship for Veterans like myself wanting to give back their time to the community for non profit. It took me about a year to get into that fellowship and was I ever glad that I got in because it opened up another door in my life that I certainly found joy in being apart of. These kids are wonderful, they light up my day every time I see them. They run to me and hug me when they see me, its hard for me being so emotional not to get teary eyed with joy. The last school year we did a lot of unique artistic things and I can not tell you how much of an impact it has been on their young lives. I even took it further and focused my senior thesis on these children. They were able to showcase their works at our Local Museum at the Southeast Museum of Photography, and for my thesis exhibition I was able to showcase their beautiful faces that I had been documenting through out our year together. I have been featured in a blog on the MC site. I am excited to start the new art classes in October! 

Check out the blog here: http://bit.ly/1BvbgqL

 

 Video people got some footage of us during my fellowship orientation in NYC of May 2013

Video people got some footage of us during my fellowship orientation in NYC of May 2013

 Orientation for the Mission Continues Fellowship

Orientation for the Mission Continues Fellowship

 Repainting and gardening for a school in Boston with the MC

Repainting and gardening for a school in Boston with the MC

 History remade...

History remade...

 Some of their art at the Boys and Girls Club

Some of their art at the Boys and Girls Club

 The kids learning how to make cyanotypes...

The kids learning how to make cyanotypes...

 Pictures the kids took ready to be hung

Pictures the kids took ready to be hung

 Their hard work acheived 

Their hard work acheived 

 Proud to be showing work in a Internationally know museum! 

Proud to be showing work in a Internationally know museum!