Thirteen years ago, Adriana Garcia was an Art Buddies student at Whittier International Elementary School; and this spring, we were thrilled to welcome her back to Whittier as an Art Buddies mentor! Adriana is now a Social & Creative Media Manager, and spotted our social media post seeking creative mentors earlier this year.
When Adriana applied to be a mentor, she wrote, “Art Buddies impacted my life as a child; it was something I always looked forward to at Whittier. My mentors helped my creativity fly, and made it a reality. One way of showing how much I appreciate this program is by volunteering. I hope to make a child feel the way I did at that age! It was certainly magical for me.”
We asked Adriana to share a bit more about her Art Buddies experience as a child, and how it impacted her life...
When did you participate in Art Buddies as a student?
I was 10 and 11 years old when I first participated in Art Buddies. That was in 2004-05.
What did you remember/enjoy most about Art Buddies as a kid?
I remember enjoying the whole process of creating my costume. Putting things together and having so many supplies available was the coolest thing to me. Everything I could possibly imagine on my costume was there, so it was quite exciting!
How did Art Buddies make you feel? Did it make a difference in your life?
Art Buddies made me feel happy. I could be what I wanted to be, and it was possible to make it happen! I truly felt like a Queen when I was the Snow Queen. As a child, that power felt so real, which is why I appreciate this program.