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Our students experienced the very thing that Kelsey Montague had hoped to inspire- an elimination of fear of creating and viewing art (4)

 AmeriCorps EDTAP Teaching Artist Aluma (2011-2016), Victoria Rey, shared how her service term influenced her life and career today. 

I moved from Atlanta to Providence in September 2011 to begin an adventure I didn’t know would change the course of my life. Five years later I am seeing some of my ex-students graduate, while others are still at CityArts using the skills I taught them. Being an AmeriCorps Teaching Artist shaped me as a teaching artist and gave me a special skill set that I find myself using regularly. 

I walk away from my AmeriCorps service with skills and experience that prepared me for my career, but I also gained some of the most meaningful, deep friendships through my service years with people I will forever be bonded with through our shared experience.