Art Start is honored and excited to be included in Priority Stories, an initiative by bicycle company, Priority Bikes. Each video vignette provides a look into the lives of people making a difference, and their personal motivations behind why they devote their time and energy. Priority Stories reached out to Art Start earlier this year through Art Start board member, Natalie Brasington, to see if they could feature the Priority Story of one of our incredible volunteer artists.
Elena lives in Brooklyn, works a full time job in events at a tech company in Manhattan, and has been volunteering at Art Start since 2007. One thing she said stood out, “I was never fair weather about anything,” and it shows the type of resolve and dedication that Elena and these volunteers have for these kids.
The piece is directed by Dan Maloney, leading commercial editor at Cut+Run NYC. In his directoral debut, he spent time with Elena at her home, work, and at Art Start’s headquarter office, working on a silk screening project with some of Art Start’s youth.
The Priority Stories program was developed in collaboration with Dan Maloney of Cut+Run New York, Director Henry Lu, and photographer Chris Ozer, highlighting those who make it a priority to give back to their community.