Connections Creative is a creative and social enterprise track for transition-age artists from under-resourced communities across San Diego County. The purpose is to inspire these artists to help identify their career interests, expand skillsets, and pursue careers that are meaningful. Connections Creative provides young aspiring artists with an opportunity to build upon their innate artistic abilities with a paid work experience that includes mentorship activities with working artists and industry professionals, support in creating a portfolio of work for professional development all while producing pieces of art along the way. Art pieces from Connections Creative focuses on themes affecting TAY to elevate awareness of the barriers under-resourced communities regularly face.
The young and talented artists of Connections Creative hosted a virtual art event to display and promote their amazing work. Below is an excerpt supporting this event and artist portfolios:
“Connections Creative has been a platform for creativity and relationship building for this group of talented artists. While working with different mediums, exploring business skills, and developing our brands as professional artists, we formed a community and grew as entrepreneurs. Although the virtual nature of this program had its challenges, it allowed us to be innovative and think outside of the box when learning and creating art. Thanks to the YMCA, we’ve grown as both artists and friends. We thank you for participating in the first and hopefully not last- virtual art show for Connections Creative!”
Meet the artists
Kaylani B. (she/her/they/them)
Gregory R. (he/they)
Kendra G. (she/her)
Hi! I’m Kendra and I’m a 23-year-old artist from San Diego. I’ve been drawing since I was a child. I later achieved an associate's degree in studio arts at the age of 21 and proceeded to gain experience around helping the community. The mediums I work with range from digital art to traditional art to sewing up stuffed animals. I am always up for trying new things to improve my work as an artist and become more productive. My goal as a storyteller and artist, whether working for myself and for others, is to create a story that perfectly describes my vision or the other visions clearly and respectfully. I am driven by my own determination and other artists to reach my goals as a creator. One day, I hope to motivate other artists the way they have motivated me.
See more of Kendra's work:
Samantha M. (she/her/hers)
I am a 20-year-old Mexican artist with an open mind. I have been dancing since I was 16. I am also a poet! I love making art and utilizing it as a form of expression, I am passionate about activating my own voice to support others who don’t have a voice. I make art as a form of protest that aims to bring awareness to various social issues that have impacted myself and others around me. I work hard to encourage others to keep trying and never give up.
Marco C. (he/him/his)
All my art starts with its idea. The drawings, edits, paintings, and the experimental stuff all out of my head. It's so natural to me. I've worked with art for so long that it's built into me. Can't picture a nice life without being surrounded by art.