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“I ARTED” Art Club


 

Every Thursday students from Cedar Springs High School “get their art on” by meeting together, being creative, and spending time with peers who share their interest in art.  The “I Arted” art club was formed by art teacher Vicki Burke and Student Advocate Nicole Kukla as part of the High School Peer Acceptance Program after several students approached Ms. Burke requesting this opportunity.  Each week students gather to work on art projects, share snacks, and have conversations. “It’s been a wonderful experience, not only with art but with sharing the day-to-day happenings and issues of the students. It’s a casual setting but we talk about some pretty heavy things,” Ms. Burke explained.  Nicole sums up what the club means to her: “Art club is everything to me. It’s a place I can go and feel accepted. It’s a place where I can let every guard down and just truly express myself; not only artistically but mentally. The group of kids that come every week have become my family, my support group, and my friends. I’d be lost without it.”

Ms. Burke shares her mentor duties with CSPS employee Kellie Robydek who attends with her daughter, Bailey. “It always amazes me to see the talents these kids have. With so much pressure in life to fit in or keep up, it’s nice to have a place to just be accepted the way you are! The art they share is so beautiful. So glad to be a part of it,” Kellie adds.  Because of how successful the group has become, plans are already in the works to continue the club in the upcoming school year.

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