Three Questions with our New Board Member, Jennifer Suh

CAW’s summer Field Correspondent interviewed, Jennifer Suh, our latest Board Member, at Jacob Schiff School Campus in Harlem, where CAW is running three summer Public Art Youth Employment Programs. Click HERE to read Jennifer’s Board Bio.

Our new Board Member Jennifer Suh with CAW’s Executive Director, Brian Ricklin at Jacob Schiff School Campus in Harlem

Our new Board Member Jennifer Suh with CAW’s Executive Director, Brian Ricklin at Jacob Schiff School Campus in Harlem

Why did you want to join Creative Art Works Board?
When I started navigating the New York City school system for one of my own kids, I wanted to make sure that there was art in their school. Creative Art Works matched that goal for me. The more I learn about funding cuts for arts education in public schools, the more I value Creative Art Works as a champion for bringing arts programs to kids in New York City.

How has art influenced you?
Art has always been a part of my life. The only part that I lack is talent. But it's something that I'm very passionate about. I enjoy going to museums in my free time, and I use art as an outlet for personal expression as well. And I think it's important for my kids, too. I want my kids to grow up to be able to express themselves, whether it's through visual arts, or music, or any kind of medium. I think all kids should have that opportunity.

Now that you've seen some of CAW’s summer mural programs in action what has surprised you?
Probably the ambitious scale of the programs. These young people aren’t just painting by numbers, they are making creative decisions and talking to members of their communities. And the talent of the students is pretty amazing. I don't think that I expected to see such creative murals and such high-quality work coming from students with no prior art-making experience. It's pretty amazing.

 

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