Thanks to the Artist Opportunity Grant program funded by the Montgomery County Arts and Cultural District and administered by Culture Works, local artist Amy Kollar Anderson has created a new public art piece to be installed at Big Brothers Big Sisters. The installation took place on December 4th at 4 pm at their downtown headquarters at 22 S. Jefferson Street, Dayton Ohio.
Anderson chose to create this piece for the BBBS organization as a way of giving back to a program that has been such a positive experience for her. “My first Little and I were together for over 5 years until she graduated from High School, and my current Little and I have been together for over 8 months” says Anderson. “Both are amazing young people. I’m thrilled to have them in my life and see the world through their eyes and our shared experiences.” The artwork consists of two 36”x60” birch panels upon which Anderson layered acrylics, various textured mediums, glitter and pouring medium. “I started with the BBBS logo, then split it in half to create an abstract composition of bands. Then I used a vibrant jewel toned palette to push and pull those edges to create more visual movement.”
Big Brothers Big Sisters is one of the largest youth-mentoring organizations in the Miami Valley, providing adult volunteer mentors to nearly 500 youth ages 6 years old and up, annually. “We drive equity through high quality mentoring relationships. We know that all children have great potential and need access to opportunities” says Anne Pfeiffer, CEO. “We are connecting and fueling opportunity for youth every day across the Miami Valley”.
The organization is currently recruiting mentors to be matched with 40 youth, mostly boys.
“We have really amazing kids ready to be matched, and we provide mentors with training and coaching, access to free activities for you and your Little, along with networking with other mentors” says Pfeiffer. To become a Big, visit https://www.bbbsmiamivalley.org/become-a-big or call 937.220.6850.