Creative students find creative ways to use their talent—and age, skill level and challenges don’t hold them back. Here are a few students that show readers the importance of art and its way of inspiring and developing other areas of life.
At age 4, Gracie Bayzath began taking Ballet classes at The Fine Arts Association. Today, Gracie, 14, also takes Jazz, Tap and Modern. During the summers she also attends the Fine Arts’ Summer Theatre Arts Camp, which she studies musical theatre and performs on stage in the final production. She also studies guitar at Fine Arts with Alfredo Guerrieri. As a freshman at Cardinal High School in Middlefield, Gracie and her mom travel to Willoughby for four dance classes and music lessons several days each week. In addition, she participates in Student Council at Cardinal and works with Geauga Mom and Pups Rescue. Gracie considers Fine Arts her “second home.” Her mom says that “Fine Arts has helped Gracie become a talented dancer and a confident, poised young woman.”
Since January, actors Liam Stilson and Dana Fries have been regularly sharing their artistic talents with Judson Manor Senior Living community residents through a program they developed called “Living Room Theater Sessions.” The students create a mini-performance of scenes and monologues to present at Judson Manor on a weekly basis. Liam and Dana said they enjoy the experience of working on their acting craft while bringing enjoyment to people in the community.
Heather, a student with Down Syndrome, joined Valley Art Center’s pottery program with hopes of a new adventure after watching an instructional program on ceramic cups. She has grown artistically, made new friends and demonstrates to others that anything is possible in these classes....