Q: How did you feel when you want to scholarship?
AC: It was amazing. Very excited. I was filled with joy.
Q: What did you use the scholarship money for this year?
AC: Art supplies! I got lots of new canvases, paintbrushes, and paint. I also got art supplies and craft projects for my birthday slumber party. My friends and I did art projects and treasure box projects for my birthday.
Q: What did you learn and why was it important to take these lessons?
AC: I learned within art, you can get really creative. I learned there are many different forms of art. And example is when we went to the Monterey Bay aquarium, and I saw all the art projects that were made from trash out of the oceans.
Q: How do you feel now that your scholarship year is over?
AC: Year later, I feel more creative than I used to. Each month I would try to think of new ideas on how to make new art projects for my blogs.
Q: What three words can you use to describe this experience?
AC: That’s a great question. To describe my experience, I would use the words: totally new, fun and cool.
Q: What was your highlight about this year?
AC: The best thing about this year is that my mom and dad both started painting with me and they found their own creative arts as well.
Q: What did you learn about yourself since receiving your scholarship?
AC: One thing is that I can achieve my goal which is to open an art studio. I don’t know where that will be; I’ll have to find a spot.
Q: What advice would you give to future scholarship recipients?
AC: Some advice I would give them would be to get creative and follow your dream. To me, this means that you should never give up on your dreams.
Q: What will you miss the most about the blog?
AC: The thing I will miss most about the blog is writing to people about my art projects. I’ll also miss talking to people at the banquet.
Q: What do you want people to know about you?
AC: I would like people to know that just because I am visually impaired doesn’t mean I can’t be a great artist.
Q: Anything else you would like to share?
AC: I would like to say a few things. The first is thank you for the art scholarship. I will continue to use it as I have a lot of supplies. I would also like to say a big thank you to all of the braille writers and TVIs. You help myself and other visually impaired students every day to help get us through school. We couldn’t do it without your help, and I really want you to know how much we appreciate it. Thank you for helping me to follow my dream of becoming an artist.
Congratulations and a special thank you to Avery for an exciting year as one of the 2017 Donna Coffee Youth Scholarship recipients! -CTEBVI