I found my passion in performing arts in New York City. Upon arrival in Jacksonville, I realized that there was a budding arts community in this city. I have found that the support of organizations such as the Community Foundation and Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, as well as educational support from the University of North Florida and Florida State College at Jacksonville, have injected an excitement and drive into the artists of this community, and that makes me hopeful.
As a recipient of a Spark Grant, I understand the commitment to the arts that this city has made, and I am thankful that I can be a part of that growth. There is a bright future in the arts community here, and I feel that support and commitment are essential in not only improving individuals’ goals and dreams, but also the quality of life as a whole within the city. I am grateful that Jacksonville has embraced the many forms of art and that I can be one of the many links in this chain of progress.