“Baltimore is a truly incredible place to be right now, with the up- and-coming art scene and urban revitalization occurring all around us,” says Samantha Brodowski. A visual community artist, she is passionate about the power of the arts to heal and build communities.
Collaborating with students from other Baltimore colleges and universities through Collegetown LeaderShape helped Samantha to shape her vision and to broaden her perspective. Samantha volunteered with Operation Oliver, a veteran- sponsored organization dedicated to serving the needs of the Oliver neighborhood, through the Gather Baltimore initiative. Samantha collected unused fresh produce at the Baltimore Farmer’s Market and distributed it to residents in the Oliver neighborhood.
Samantha also teaches art classes to children at two primary schools in the city and to adults at an emergency outreach center. Teaching underserved students of varying ages and backgrounds is the “most gratifying experience” she has ever had. Her vision for Baltimore is to empower Baltimore’s financially disenfranchised population through art therapy.
Her peers helped her realize making art with some of the city’s most vulnerable residents is already making a difference and they challenged her to consider what she can do to compliment this work.
For Samantha and her students, the next project is to host a gallery show to highlight their artwork and their growing sense of self-worth.