by Adam Davis, Volunteer Photographer
I want to avidly support an organization that gives opportunities to children to cultivate creativity in the best way possible.
Why do you support P.S. ARTS?
I support P.S. ARTS because art is something that changed my life for the better. I was put in place to be creative from a very young age with music. I wasn’t taught much, but I was given the freedom to discover my own tastes and creative methods on my own. I want to avidly support an organization that gives opportunities to children to cultivate creativity in the best way possible.
Do you have any specific memories of the arts or an arts teacher that impacted your life?
I vividly remember the day that I discovered how broad photography was with the use of Instagram. I hadn’t seen many “artistic” photographs up until that point and that one day opened my eyes to the possibilities of how far I could possibly take this art form. Each time I make photographs each experience impacts me in different, extremely important ways.
Tell us a little about the fundraiser you launched? What was your motivation?
The fundraiser’s purpose was to give children of color an opportunity to watch this record-breaking movie with an outstanding cast. The fact that the movie was Black and each character held a heroic position may seem minor to some, but to a Black man like myself and to millions of other people of color, this film is something special. Black Panther is a look into the future of film and modern society and provides hope to people like me who struggle to understand their full potential as a people. My motivation will always be to either create stories like these on my own or provide a platform for as many people as possible to see the stories like this that already exist.
If you could give our P.S. ARTS students one piece of advice, what would it be?
One piece of advice I would give to the students is that once you enter a creative space or any space for that matter, your natural progression as a creative or as a human being is not a race. It is a marathon, with many different stages that all have significant meaning for each individual person. Do not compare yourself to others because at the end of the marathon of life, you’ll end up being a winner.
Thank you to Adam for making this incredible opportunity available to our students!
Consider supporting P.S. ARTS before July 1 to help ensure our students have access to the high-quality arts education that has impacted amazing people like Adam Davis. Make a gift today.