Erin's ART 180 Journey
"ART 180 helps me fulfill my goals because they help me become more well-rounded."
"ART 180 helps me fulfill my goals because they help me become more well-rounded." -Erin Fisher, 14
Erin Fisher, 14, has a passion for chemistry. In her spare time, she enjoys reading books about the periodic table and studying chemical equations.
However, this summer, Erin was interested in trying something new, joining ART 180.
“I’m honestly not a big art person. I signed up because a friend encouraged me to. But, after the first two weeks, I realized I enjoyed it so much. I love it so much,” said Erin.
In August, alongside eight of their peers enrolled in ART 180’s summer theater program, Erin was encouraged to write, perform, and direct a theater production in eight weeks.
ART 180 gives young people the chance to express themselves through art, and to share their stories and experiences with others. We believe the free programs we provide allow youth to discover--and confidently use--their own voices. With the theater program Erin participated in, it was important to bring attention to youth voices and perspectives that have been unheard through a play.
The play shined a light on complex issues such as identity, social justice, race, religion, politics and self-respect. For Erin, acting and writing a play, especially about complex subjects, was an experience she’s never had.
“But it just came naturally, because [the topics in the play] need to be known. A lot of times teenagers don’t get taken seriously, and the fact that we were taken so seriously meant the world,” said Erin.
As for Erin’s dreams after ART 180. Erin has a bright future in science.
“I really want to go to college. VCU is a really good school. Any school with a good science program. Eventually I would love to get a PHD,” said Erin.
But she also is interested in giving back.