SERVICE ART

New Club ‘Service Art’ Serves a Purpose

“Art is healing, art is rejuvenating, art is what makes life worth living,” said art teacher Donice Bloodworth. “Those that have never experienced art and enjoyed it in some form are some of the driest people I have ever encountered. I had a conversation with a person who said they were bad at art and didn’t think it was necessary and I realized at that moment, after reflecting for a second, that I have never seen a genuine smile on that person’s face. Not once.”

Thanks to funding from Student Council and the initiative of junior Taylor Upchurch and others, Pace students will be engaging in art with children in Atlanta area hospitals. Modeled after the organization Hospital Art, the Pace service project “Service Art” will focus on painting, drawing, singing, dancing and teaching photography with the children. “I teach and try to make art enjoyable for everyone, even those who are ‘bad at it,'” said Mr. Bloodworth, who serves as faculty sponsor for the project. “Hospital Art is a way to spread joy to people who are dealing with serious health concerns.”

Pace Academy has partnered with Hospital Art in the past, but due to lack of funding, the partnership ended with the graduating class of 2014. However, thanks to new funding grants to service clubs, ties are being reestablished. Taylor Upchurch gathered a group of junior girls to build and spread interest for the new service club. “By building a relationship with hospitals like Children’s [Healthcare of Atlanta] to volunteer with patients and use our resources, we are able to provide patients with a unique opportunity to create and learn from students, at no cost to the hospitals, to decorate their buildings,” said Taylor.

Junior Taylor Upchurch gets other junior girls like Kate Bethel interested and involved in the new service club. Photo: Alexis Wilkins

Junior Taylor Upchurch gets other junior girls like Kate Bethel interested and involved in the new service club. Photo: Alexis Wilkins

Over 150 students signed up at Club Fair. Connections with Egleston Children’s Hospital and Hugh Spalding Children’s Hospital have already been established and they plan to meet two to four times per month. The group hopes to continue building this partnership throughout the school year. Look for announcements from Taylor to find out when the group will first meet.