7 Ways Art Improved My Life

Note from Newsletter Editor:

Lauri Francis

Friends! It's been waaay too long since we have seen your beautiful faces!

We sure miss you all but hope that this time in isolation has given you time to regenerate, rejuvenate and get some time to do the things that you have not had time for.

Summer is upon us here in the Mountains of NM and the days are longer and much hotter. We have been enjoying our time creating new content for you, working on our programs, and learning new skills.

I am currently taking a Graphic Design Specialization Course from CalArts which I have been enjoying so much and can't wait to share what I have been learning with you!

I'd love to hear what you've been doing or working on...

As we get back into the flow of things and people return to their "regularly scheduled programming"... the arts will now be more valuable than ever! They will be so important for kids to process all they have been through, they will be so important for adults to reconnect to each other and just to release and express.

This month we have a guest writer - Sophia Mitchell. I hope you enjoy her perspective on how important the Arts have been in her life.

Until we see each other again on the stage, join us on Facebook for our Live Performances and Tutorials of all kinds! And Subscribe to our YouTube Channel!

Artfully yours,

Lauri

Life is an ongoing discovery process that presents many joys, fears, and opportunities along the way. Throughout my journey, art has remained a constant companion.

I was immersed in the arts from a young age: I was enrolled in piano lessons at the age of four until grade twelve, along with guitar lessons, vocal lessons, and playing saxophone in my school band. I enrolled in visual art classes every summer, and from the ages of ten to sixteen I had a private painting teacher who taught me watercolor, acrylic, and art theory. I took sewing for four years in high school. Both my mother and grandmother were musicians behind closed doors and my father was a carpenter and fine woodworker. This culminated in me receiving my BFA in Studio Art after five years of study at Concordia University in Montreal. Fortunately, I discovered Artrageous where I get to combine all of my experiences today!

My artistic journey has imparted many lessons. Here are some I would like to share with you:

1. Art taught me to believe in myself