“Changes in the imagination are the precursors to changes in society”.
— John Dewey
The hands-on teaching and mentoring opportunity allows students to reinforce their art-making skills, while gaining insight into larger issues of educational inequality. Students notice how art strengthens confidence, creates joy/amusement, and builds community. When teaching art to elementary school children, the service-learning component also gives college students the opportunity to reflect on and cultivate their mentorship and leadership strengths. With this reciprocal relationship, through art making, we have a great opportunity to make a difference in the world around us.