Finding Strength in A Community: Interview with AFTS Artist

Finding Strength in A Community: Interview with AFTS Artist

August 14, 2020

Crystal has been coming to AFTS Open Studio for more than 5 years and tries to attend once a week “so that I feel like I’m doing something - life’s not just passing me by. I have something to look forward to.

“Life can draw you away from your real talent, and AFTS helped me rediscover an old talent. [AFTS] gave me the opportunity to rekindle that talent.”

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The Backbone of Art From The Streets - Volunteer Series III

The Backbone of Art From The Streets - Volunteer Series III

July 31, 2020

"I remember the first encounter I had with Jefferson Bright - a VERY talented and humble man. We connected through a discussion regarding the U.S. military - my own father is a Navy veteran who served during the Korean war. Jefferson shared with me that he had actually served in two different branches of the military - the Navy and the Army. I was saddened that someone who has given so much for our country was not being cared for better. He was such a gentle soul and certainly not angry about it, even though I was."

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The Backbone of Art From The Streets - Volunteer Series II

The Backbone of Art From The Streets - Volunteer Series II

June 30, 2020

“I cannot change what has happened in the lives of the people with whom we work, but I can participate in providing an opportunity for people that are part of the homeless population to create art and nurture something that brings them joy and a sense of dignity and creativity.”  

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