This month in the spotlight is...
We reached out and asked her a couple questions. Here's what she had to say:
NY Cares: Give us a statement from you about your volunteer experience with New York Cares as a mural artist.
If you are looking for a satisfying way to help the community and to improve on your artwork, being a New York Cares mural artist is the best way to do that!
NY Cares: What do you enjoy most about creating art for New York City public schools/agencies?
The best part about creating murals for the schools is how involved the communities are. Every instance that I worked on a mural, I get to meet the students, teachers, the principal and even the parents! It's great to see how involved the community gets when it comes to the public schools.
NY Cares: How was your experience working on New York Cares Day Fall 2014?
It was at first overwhelming - me and a friend was asked to design two really large murals and help set up a couple of canvas paintings. For only one day of painting, it was a lot to do and my main worry was if we were going to be able to finish in time. But what I didn't realized was the amount of volunteers- both old and young- and the eagerness they showed when it came to paint really impressed me. With everyone's help, we were able to finish 4 wall murals and dozens of canvas paintings!
NY Cares: Why you would recommend other volunteer mural artists to become involved?
I always believe that everyone has a special talent- it could be singing, being really great at sports, to being really tech savvy to others. Being a mural artist volunteer is a great way to use your artistic talents for the greater good. Also, as an artist, we aim to make art for others to see and NY cares is an amazing opportunity to do just that.
NY Cares: What are you currently working on?
HC: I am a freelance cartoonist that works on many art projects for clients and for the world! You can see all my comics on my website
Recently, people have hired me to write their comic love letters to their significant others. It's one of my favorite projects since I get to meet new people, listen to their love stories and translate it into a comic that they would cherish! If you are interested in a commission love letter, just get in contact with me!
NY Cares: What is your favorite project memory?
HC: My favorite project memory was when me and my friend came to a school a few weekends before NY Cares Day [Fall] to help prep the paint and designs. The mural helpers were students that were part of the art class and they were all creating ideas about the mural. It was amazing because together, we were able to collaborate on a design that everyone liked and it gave the students some ownership of their school. If there was one thing I could instill with others is the feeling of pride for your school and community. There is no better feeling than that!