Paying It Foward: Community Outreach
With funds set aside from art and creative services, the Vee Art Studios Outreach Program hosted various art demos and assisted 15 individuals within two years of launch! Five (three of which were low-income youth) with the computer equipment needed to get started in digital art, and ten with funding toward creative content creation projects. In the future*, in addition to assisting low-income youth, Vee Art Studios will serve as a mobile workshop for youth looking to learn the trade of digital content creation not taught anywhere in Jacksonville. Additionally, mobile workshops will promote critical thinking concepts about self-employment possibilities.
*When Proper Funding & Sponsors Acquired
When setting up at venues, I want attendees to come to my booth and leave with something unique or meaningful! Whether it is art merch that sparks ideas of their own, knowledge, or a newfound inspiration to be creative, pushing their artistic limits. It's not all about making a quick sale; to me, it's also about supporting those who have less or encouraging those who lack proper influence. Attendees of today could be the artists of tomorrow! I don't fear competition in this space because I value diversity, empowerment, and community above all.
- Jessica Cone