Hello world!

Welcome to Buy Local/Build a Future! This is my first post on this new blog.

I am a teaching artist, social worker and founder/executive director of an organization, ArtPeace, Inc. (www.artpeace.org), which educates and employs youth through arts, technology and entrepreneurship. We serve youth and adults in Rochester, Monroe County and the Southern Tier/Finger Lakes Region – all the way to Watkins Glen and Elmira!

This project is exciting because it brings me back to my roots in Livingston County. Not only have I worked at Genesee Valley Rotary Camp (for about 20 years) with developmentally disabled kids, worked at the former Holcomb School as a teaching assistant with disabled students years ago, but I grew up and spent 14 years of my life in Dansville, NY where I got all my pre-college schooling! Then I received my Bachelor’s at SUNY Geneseo. So, it is with happy trepidation, having lived as a “city girl” in Rochester, NY for the past 24 yrs, that I will be traveling back to Dansville, my small home town, to complete my part of the “Buy Local, Build A Future” project. I don’t get a chance to get there very often and a lot has changed.

I am intrigued by the personal and community significance of the Dansville area and am excited by the idea of highlighting the history of health care (my project theme) in Dansville through to today – in words, visual arts, photography and video with Dansville students. We will explore the beginnings of the Red Cross in America, that Clara Barton founded in Dansville, to the “Castle on the Hill” landmark sanitarium and spa and the currently growing NOYES Hospital in Dansville, which serves the whole Livingston County region. Students will also have an opportunity to relate this health care industry to their own lives and perhaps others they know who have been affected by this field in a variety of ways in Dansville.

Though I am passionate about my love for Rochester and work hard to ensure better lives for the impoverished and under served youth there, I am an equal advocate for the different and similar needs of our rural communities. They are the heart of our world and are rich in resources, interesting people and colorful stories. Tune in again soon, when we will share more specific work for this important project!



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