Meet Lucy, an inspiring woman extremely passionate about bringing the creative arts to NYC youth. She fundraised for Art Start's 24th birthday campaign and has been a committed visual art & performing arts volunteer at Art Start for 2-years.
What inspired you to get involved with bringing arts to underserved NYC youth?
I grew up on the Lower East Side in NYC in the 80’s, so at a young age I was fully aware of poverty and struggle. When I moved back to NYC after living upstate for many years, I knew I wanted to help somehow. With my love of working with art and kids, Art Start seemed like the perfect fit. It was definitely one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life.
Why do you think others should get involved in this cause?
It’s a most rewarding experience all around. You meet great people with big hearts who are there for the same reason you are and on top of it all- you meet some really awesome kids! You don’t have to be an artist to be a part of Art Start, you just need to want to be a positive person during a rough time in a young kid’s life.
What are some creative ways you used to get people to donate to your Campaign?
Social media helped a lot! And of course my family and friends; I am still so thankful for their donations and helping me spread the word!
What is your most memorable moment as a volunteer?
Our last day at the Catherine Street shelter was pretty rough. There were a lot of hugs and teary eyes. We were excited for the kids to be going to a place better suited for them but sad to see them go at the same time. Although love and appreciation had always been expressed by the kids and their parents, that day I think it clicked for us just how important it was to them for Art Start to be a part of their lives.
How has your time as a volunteer influenced you?
I think volunteering has impacted my creativity. At the program, we have a lot of random donations of material. Watching the kids work with them-- I’ve seen some pretty cool and inspiring ideas come of it
What else are you passionate about?
I really love painting. I’m currently in school for Early Childhood Education, but I try to squeeze in a painting class every semester. My great grandfather was a painter, and taught art at Cooper Union and the Art Students League. My grandfather studied with Fernand Léger and Josef Albers, so art is strongly embedded in my roots.