Jendayi's ART 180 Journey
"ART 180 is like my second home."
"ART 180 gives kids and teens a space to be themselves. You can feel the love as soon as you walk in." -Jendayi Johnson, 17
“I really want to go to college. This year, I’m really trying to get focused and prepare for college.”
Jendayi Johnson is dreaming big and she knows she has the power to make her dreams come true. The 17-year-old junior at Appomattox Regional Governor’s School dreams of a career using her skills in theater, dance, music and writing. She can see a degree in English Literature in her future.
ART 180 has given her a space over the last three years to prove herself in all of these areas, and has empowered her to push herself as a leader and as a talented and creative spirit. As an ART 180 teen leader, Jendayi participates in and helps lead art projects that encourage critical thinking and community involvement.
Through ART 180’s encouragement, Jendayi took her love of writing and dream of making a difference, and wrote and delivered a TED Talk that included an original poem called “Back to Black.” Everyone applauded the poem and supported Jendayi’s tribute to Black Lives Matter.
ART 180 is in Jendayi’s own words “…like my second home. My mom trusts them. She trusts them with me and that is huge. I feel surrounded by people who want me to succeed and so I know that I will.”