Erica Swan.

ArtVan - Lewiston, ME

Project Description

Preston Public Interest Career Fund Recipient

“Overall my experience interning with ArtVan really solidified the fact that I really want to work in the non-profit or public service sector. I learned a lot about this sector through my work with ArtVan, and also about art therapy.”

Over the course of the summer I worked with kids every day in different neighborhoods in the area surrounding Bath. However, I assumed more of a leadership role than I had when volunteering with ArtVan in the past. I co-led two groups without Jamie (one at Oliver Place, a teen homeless shelter, and the other at Sweetser Saco School, a school for kids with emotional and behavioral issues). Working with these two very different groups of kids really allowed me to learn about what exactly goes into planning and preparing an art project. I was also able to learn about the needs of each population and to form relationships with kids in each of these programs. These programs were also much more of a challenge for me because instead of working with neighborhood kids, who usually range in age from 4 – 12, we were working with mainly teenagers and older kids who I was not as used to working with. This helped me to grow as a leader and helped me to learn more about how to guide and work with kids.

Further, I also researched grants for ArtVan to apply for in this coming grant writing season. This involved a lot of independent and self-directed work, which allowed me to take more responsibility for my final product and to have more freedom in the way in which I did it. Through this process I not only learned about how to meet the needs of ArtVan, but also how to research grants, contact grant giving organizations, and what is required to write grants.

Project Details

  • Date September 1, 2011
  • Tags 2011, Arts, Preston, Social Service, USA

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