Red Bows, Unicorns, & Arts in Corrections

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Hello! πŸ™‚

The weekend is upon us, and another week is done! I was super busy this week, but got a lot accomplished and some cool things occurred; I bought my ticket to go see Marilyn Manson in Oakland in October! ❀ This will be my second time seeing him. I discovered something else really cool, but I’ll save the best for last. πŸ˜‰

For today’s outfit, I aimed to just be comfortable! It’s hot. πŸ˜› I added a red bow for the cute factor, and to jazz it up a bit.

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For additional cuteness, why not bring in a unicorn?! This is one of my favorite rings! I just love cute things, as you can see. ❀

So! This past week, I was researching what I can do to utilize my BFA degree. I’ve worked as a freelance graphic designer before, while also working in a legal environment, but I wanted to see what else is out there. I found out that being an art instructor is one of the things you can do with such a degree.

I discovered the Arts Council in the city I live in, which hosts the Art Hops and such which are always fun to go to. However, one of their programs caught my attention immediately: Arts in Corrections.

For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to work with inmates. I think it’s because of my naturally caring, empathetic nature and the strong desire to help others. What would be better for me than to be able to merge my passion for art with my desire to work with inmates?! I didn’t realize such a job existed, and by the end of the video, I was in tears. This is a job I would be passionate about, and they work primarily with inmates at Valley State Prison here in Central California.

To see inmates be able to express themselves in a healthy way that inspires self-enrichment and growth is a beautiful thing. I’ve always enjoyed seeing artwork done by inmates, and I notice that a common theme in their art (at least one’s I’ve seen) are birds in cages. I find it fascinating to see the imagery they use in their art to express themselves.

I’ve reached out to the Arts Council, so we’ll see how it goes! Either way, even if I’m unable to work for Arts in Corrections, I’d still love to find a way to support the program in any capacity.

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That’s about all, folks! I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend. πŸ™‚ Take care, smile, be happy, and I’ll see you next time! ❀

 

 

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