Art by ADEC recently hired a new curator to work with clients within ADEC’s art programs and to curate the Art by ADEC Gallery inside the Bristol location, right next to the Gaining Grounds coffee shop. Her name is Lydia and she has already proven herself an invigorating and enthusiastic presence. To get to know her better, we asked her some nosy questions and she happily answered them!

Q: Can you tell us a little about yourself? Do you have any pets or hobbies?

A: I’m 22 years old and grew up in Maryland outside of the DC area. I’m currently not in school now but hopefully one day I’m able to go back and maybe receive a degree in psychology or art. I don’t have a pet but I’m planning on adopting a cat soon. My hobbies include roller skating, photography/video, hiking, going to the beach, and traveling to new places with my mom.

Q: Did you have an interest in art before taking this position?

A: I had a huge interest in art before taking this position. As a kid I danced for 6 years, and then in middle-high school I was really into cosmetology (makeup and hair) and even got my cosmetology license my senior year. But I started taking Art more seriously after high school once I realized how therapeutic it was for me. I picked up painting, creative writing, and photography as well after high school.

Q: Do you have any plans or ideas for new projects with clients?

A: My plans and ideas are to bring out all individuals own uniqueness. I really want to encourage the people of ADEC to not be afraid of stepping out of their comfort zones artistically. I plan on creating vision boards to inspire our clients every art session. Vision boards are a great way to stimulate the mind.

Q: What has been your favorite part of the job so far? 

A: My favorite part about this job is EVERYTHING. This has been the best employment opportunity of my life and I don’t take any day for granted when I’m here. I love art and serving the people here too. It’s such a rewarding role and it makes a difference that I’m not going to be creating art all alone anymore but with the community. The sense of community here is what makes the atmosphere so comforting and peaceful.