100+100: Inspiring A New Generation of Artists
Aug 11, 2014
“I picked Wild at Art because I love art and want to encourage that same passion and appreciation for the arts in a younger generation,” said Tyler Jackson, Associate Creative Director at Centerline. “I think that in a society so immersed in technology, it is more important than ever to encourage someone, especially a young mind, to pick up a pencil or a paintbrush and define their own limits of creativity.”
Tyler is one of five more Centerliners who’ve volunteered at the local art camp Wild at Art since Maria and Brenna kicked off 100+100 in July. For these creatives, they’re doing more than making crafts for a day; they’re encouraging kids to follow their shared passion.
“Volunteering at Wild at Art was a wonderful experience,” said Writer Stephanie Gallina. “Not only did I get to tap into my passion for art, but I also felt like I inspired some future artists!”
This was Stephanie’s first time working on art with kids – and she relished the opportunity. It was a rewarding experience for her because she helped instill confidence in their artistic abilities.
“It was fun working with the young artists and seeing their creations emerge,” said Emily Bahna, Senior UX Designer. “They were unafraid to just dive into all the materials and create their art pieces.”
Editor Bobby Otten and Composer/Sound Designer Dan Schneider sculpted paper mache animals with the Wild at Art kids. But it wasn’t just about drawing and gluing – it was about making a lasting impact on the individual campers.
“I think I helped one kid get out of his shell a little bit,” said Bobby. “All the kids were super social and cool, although one boy was a little quiet and reserved. I spent time with him throughout the day and by the end he was laughing with everybody else.”
Bobby enjoyed both working with the kids and creating art – and would love to do it again. By sharing his own skills, he was able to encourage the campers value all forms of art.
“Helping kids make art is good for the soul,” he said.