October brought exciting moments and connections to our community. We were honored to welcome artist Steven Paul Judd as part of our Indigenous Residency Series project. A special collaboration between our valued partners, Western Arts Alliance, PICA, and Bunnell Street Arts, made this possible. While Judd, Kiowa and Choctaw, is renowned for his filmmaking, he also wears the hats of director, screenwriter, and visualist. During his stay, Judd led an engaging mosaic mural workshop and shared his artistic journey with students and their families.
In addition, we were thrilled to officially launch our Bodecker Cohorts! The response was overwhelming, with over 100 students applying for this long-term mentorship opportunity in fine art, creative writing, and audio engineering. Each cohort is now buzzing with around ten passionate students. Our first meeting was filled with creative energy and collaborative spirit.
We’re excited to see these cohorts progress over the next 8 months.
This month, we are delighted to welcome Morgan Cooper, the creative force behind BEL AIR, as our newest Artist in Residence. Cooper will speak with over 400 students at Franklin High School. The goal is to spark young people to realize that their creative and career dreams are within reach.
It’s been a while since our 2023 Scholarship Recipients Award Ceremony, but we love to hear from the awardees! We recently received a touching note from a 2023 Bodecker Scholarship Recipient, who is now flourishing as a freshman at The Art Institute of Chicago. We can’t wait to share information about our next scholarship opportunity in January 2024.
As we step into November, we extend our warmest wishes for a safe and cozy month ahead. We’re grateful for your unwavering support and look forward to the inspiring moments that await us.