The J.A.R.R. Initiative’s mission is to bring high quality fine arts programming into inner city Phoenix (and its surrounding cities) for teenagers who live in communities where the need for art related programs is greatest. All programs and workshops will be at no cost to teenagers who participate. Programs will primarily focus on the foundations of drawing, painting in both acrylic and oils, color theory and 3-D art. The programs will also feature photography, graphic art and performance art workshops.
Not only is the J.A.R.R. Initiative for teens to participate in as mentees, there will be several peer mentors who will plan lessons and run sessions with the assistance of the lead art instructor.
For more information on the initiative or how to get involved please email firstname.lastname@example.org
A Letter From Antoinette:
I remember that day like it was yesterday. I woke up as the sun was barely beginning to rise. It was still dark. I just knew she was gone. I don’t know how but I knew. I laid there is silence, waiting… for what, I didn’t know. The phone rang. I heard my mother get up to answer it. “Hello” she said with a silent pause after. I then heard her begin to sob uncontrollably and I just knew.
Let me rewind a little bit. Growing up, I would spend summers with my Aunt Julie Ann. She was the most amazing person I’ve ever known. I always tell people that if you took the concept of beauty and turned it into a person, it would have been her. She radiated brighter than any star from any galaxy. She was a beam of pure joy and untainted love. During our summers together, we would work on a different arts & craft project every day. I credit this to the beginning of my creative journey.
I didn’t expect to ever lose her but I did. We all did. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in her early thirties. I was only around 9 or 10 years old at the time and wasn’t able to comprehend what exactly was happening. Before I knew it, we had gotten a call saying that she only had 10 days to a month left to live. It was devastating. We had planned on going to go and see her the next day to say good-bye but she passed away over night before we had the chance.
The J.A.R.R. (which stands for Julie Ann Robinson Roy) Initiative is my way of not only doing what I feel I am put on this earth to do, but it is my way of honoring my aunts legacy and continuing to carry on her name. I feel her here with me. I know she smiles as she watches me achieve my goals. I know she wipes away my tears when I feel alone. I know that she is keeping me protected through life’s many twists and turns. I miss her dearly. If through my initiative I am able to spread even a fraction of the love she gave then I know for a fact that I will be helping to leave the world a little better of a place when I am gone.