Creativity as Service
To explore art as a form of service, Visual Arts Conservatory seniors partnered with local organizations this fall to create projects that served a greater purpose. Two groups took their projects into the city of Denver to understand the needs of neighbors in our city. One group partnered with Project Worthmore, a nonprofit dedicated to assisting local refugees. Valor Arts students helped coordinate a donation drive, designed and branded care package boxes, and then delivered their final product to families in need. The other group collaborated with Movement 5280, which aids homeless youth and young adults. These students worked hands-on at Movement 5280’s headquarters, serving meals and painting murals as service to the community.
Eleana Wright ‘21 participated in the project at Movement 5280 and considers it one of the highlights of her experience in the Visual Arts Conservatory. She says, “Overall, this was an amazing experience to get involved not only with my art, but the local community in need.” She also reflects on how she’s seen multi-faceted growth in herself this semester, saying, “This class has allowed me to learn communication skills, art skills, and even learn how to make my own website and Instagram to sell my work. On top of all of this, it has taught me how to integrate Jesus Christ into my work.”
Service to the Valor Community
Back on campus, the Visual Arts Conservatory senior class took on the challenge of redesigning their own classroom to serve their peers and other students for years to come. The end product was a collaborative space where students can work on projects in different mediums, study, and host guest speakers.
The classroom redesign is reflective of an innovative and empathetic attitude fostered within Visual Arts Conservatory students. Kaley Monson, Visual Arts Conservatory Lead, describes the process of shifting students’ focus from inward to outward by the time they reach their senior year. “We have such a unique opportunity to invite them to be curious about their world,” she says. “And as a Christian school, part of our mission is to think about how art can serve the greater community.”
Through the Visual Arts Conservatory, Valor seniors learn valuable lessons about engaging with the world around them. As students, artists, and Christians they are equipped to use their creativity as a way to serve others and bring the light of Christ to the world around them.