NICK JODICE


When I was a kid, creating art transported me into a world of my own imagination where I was in control and I loved it.

Nick raised $1,813 
running the Brooklyn Rock 'n' Roll half
marathon.

Meet Nick a 37 year old self taught artist living in Bergen County, NJ. instagram.com/breakthemoldnj


What drew you to Art Start?

I just love Art Start's mission of helping children in need through art.  It's important for all kids to have an outlet to express themselves in creative ways.  I feel that Art Start gives hope to children that need it most.


You went the extra mile and became a fundraiser for Art Start. How were you able to inspire others to support your campaign?

I have a great group of family, friends, coworkers and customers.  When I announced that I was doing a half marathon and wanted to start a fundraiser to support a program that empowers kids through art, I received a lot of support from them.  
 

Tell us about a time you created art as a kid:

It's hard to choose one time since I was always creating.  I do remember that when I was a kid, creating art transported me into a world of my own imagination where I was in control and I loved it.  

 

Describe a moment that made you smile today.

My nephew excited to see me, asking me to play "army men" with him.  He won.  
 

Share a piece of your art with us :)

This is an octopus sculpture I made using Epoxy Sculpt painted with acrylics.  

 

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XIXI WANG


Art is very much like a medicine to happiness and for some people, it’s life changing, which is what I’ve learned through working with the kids at Art Start.
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Xixi raised $200 
through selling handmade bookmarks

She is a 15-years old aspiring artist and volunteer at Art Start. instagram.com/_artistx


Xixi, you felt super passionate and became a fundraiser for Art Start... How did you inspire others to support your campaign?

I fundraised by making customized bookmarks on instagram.  The majority of my followers are artists, so they immediately wanted to support Art Start. People knew I was supporting a good cause and I was able to spread a lot of awareness.

 

Share one of your proudest moments. 

I'm really proud of how far I've come with my art in the last two years. All of this started when I created my instagram, and I find it unbelievable that only 24 months ago, I still hadn't found my passion and drive for art. I'm proud that I've been able to strive towards my goals and inspire others.

 

What drew you to Art Start? 

I completely believe that if someone has a passion for art, nothing should be in their way of pursuing that passion, which is something that Art Start advocates for as well. I'm extremely thankful to have found an organization that immediately inspired me.

 

Has your time at Art Start influenced you or your art in any way? How?

Art Start inspired one of my pieces called "Art Saves Lives." I drew this a few weeks after I started volunteering at Abby House. The message of this piece is that art is very much like a medicine to happiness, and for some people, it's life changing, which is what I learned through working with the kids and what Art Start stands for. Overall, Art Start has made me understand the universal language of art, and its way to connect people together.

Can you share your favorite drawing with us?

My favorite drawing constantly changes, but currently it is a portrait of Jena Malone. I drew the same picture two years ago and by comparing the two drawings together, I was able to see how much I've improved which is one of the many reasons why I love this drawing.

 
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MATT MEINERS


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My mom had a set of calligraphy pens and she would make beautiful letters which I thought was soooo cool.

Matt raised $800 for Art Start's 24th bday. 

He currently lives in NYC where he works as an Art Director at Atlantic Records. mattmeiners.com


You went the extra mile and fundraised for Art Start. 
How did you inspire others to support your campaign? 

It was a lot easier than I thought it would be! All you have to do is ask. Art Start’s programming and mission really does most of the work for you!

 

What drew you to Art Start? 

My girlfriend introduced me to the organization but the mission and my belief in art as a valuable piece of everyone's life kept me around. Everyone should be empowered to make art and Art Start offers that opportunity.


Tell us about a time you created art as a kid?  

I don’t really remember a time when I was making art but I do remember being very impressed by other people's efforts to make art. I remember this kid from grade school that drew this amazingly realistic race car with colored pencils. I thought it was amazing and wanted to be able to do that.

 

Draw us a picture straight out of your imagination? Anything goes!


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LUCY MATOS


Our last day at Catherine Street shelter was pretty rough. There were a lot of hugs & teary eyes. That day it clicked for us just how important it was for Art Start to be a part of their lives.

Lucy raised $622 for Art Start's 24th bday. 

She is passionate about bringing the arts to underserved NYC youth & has been a committed visual art & theater volunteer for 2-years.  


What inspired you to get involved with Art Start?

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. 

 

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 it clicked for us just how important it was for Art Start to be a part of their lives.

 


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.


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