The following is the third in a series of posts discussing the life and work of a teaching artist.
Miguel Cossio: Mr. Cossio is a TA in Visual Arts who has worked with our partner Riverdale Neighborhood House in the Bronx.
Gardiner Comfort: Mr. Comfort is a TA in Theater Arts who has worked at P.S. 7 in Cypress Hills, Brooklyn.
Do you believe that art is a tool for personal growth?
Comfort: I would say that for the artist, the art is instinctual. It’s not necessarily a tool, but it certainly can be. It can be something very useful to come back to when you’re wavering and lost, which artists often find themselves being a lot. I think it’s a really good tool for anyone, particularly young people, in walking through life. I think it’s amazing, the success you have with young people who are supposed “problems.” It’s amazing what art can do to open them up.
How does working with Arts to Grow inspire you?
Cossio: The most incredible asset is that they are still small, so it’s always a close encounter with the people who represent Arts to Grow and the teaching artists. It’s not like a larger organization such as Young Audiences where you only meet the staff once a year.