Seen + Heard
Welcome to “Seen + Heard,” ART 180's blog to bring together the ideas and perspectives of our community -- people who believe in the potential of art to connect and communicate, and in providing opportunities for self-expression to young people who rarely receive them. “Seen + Heard” is a place where we can continue the conversation around the importance of creative development in youth and celebrate their artwork, inspirations, and stories.
For 20 years, we've worked to build a community of young people, artists, parents, volunteers, and supporters who believe in art's ability to transform lives and communities. This blog is another way we can share these voices and ensure that they are heard.
By Kathleen Lane, Co-founder of ART 180
Easy as it would be to turn this post into a tribute, I have been given strict orders not to go there. I believe the exact words were: Don’t you dare. I will only say, Marlene, that I am so grateful to you, and to all who have supported you in keeping the vision alive—so alive—all these many years. ART 180 has become so much more than I ever imagined it could be.
By Marlene Paul, co-founder and executive director
Since ART 180 is celebrating our 20th anniversary this year (heck yeah, all year!), our communications manager Sydni asked me to write a blog post about our history and growth. It’s still funny to me that we even have a communications manager, since that used to be my job. Everything used to be my job.
Twenty Years of Encouraging Creativity to Soar
Over 20 years, ART 180 has worked with thousands of young people, inspiring change in their lives, providing them with a platform to express themselves and expand upon their creativity, and celebrating their creative development through various forms of public art that brighten communities across Richmond.
That's right we said it -- 20!