As an artist, I firmly believe that works of art can enrich the lives of people within a community. I love to engage myself in nonprofit work that can benefit the community as a whole. These works can serve to raise awareness for social issues, raise funds for cancer research and bring outsiders to the local art scene.
In 2009 I helped to work on a project titled “The Dog Days of Summer.” The work was a
a collaboration between the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine and the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette. It celebrated the 50th anniversary of the School of Veterinary Medicine and the 100th anniversary of the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette. Events were also planned this project where children and adults could learn about veterinary care.
In 2010 I volunteered to paint a rain barrel for the Tippecanoe Co. Soil & Water Conservation. District. The rain barrel was displayed at the farmer’s 4H fair and brought awareness to recycling rain water.
In 2010 I also participated in the Cancer Culture and Community Colloquium. The Oncological Sciences Center in Discovery Park along with the College of Liberal Arts at Purdue University collaborated to create the event. The event highlighted the life of Harvey Pekar, a famous underground comic artist writer. Local artists were asked to volunteer their skills to create works illustrated cancer survivor stories. I contributed to the event by illustrating the stories for Catalina Florescu and Laura Scott.