Spotlight on AFH 3D Design Studio Teen​

December 2017




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This month, we’re featuring 3D Design Studio participant Valerie, who is now a senior in high school.​


How long have you been at AFH and which studios have you
worked in?

I’ve been at AFH for 2 years and I’ve been in the 3D Design Studio the
whole time.


What is your favorite project you’ve worked on?

My favorite piece I’ve worked on was for Nathan Cummings Foundation in New York. They wanted an art piece from us responding to climate change and we made a big jellyfish and turtles from upcycled trash. The turtles spanned from little to big, the largest being about the size of my hand. They were made out of used grocery bags which we melted down and layered on top of recycled cardboard to make a hexagon shape.


What are you working on now?

We’re working on bike racks. Right now we’re making life-sized models out of cardboard, so we can figure out the size and make sure the design will support bikes. We’re in the process of building the models right now.


What’s one thing you’ve learned or that has surprised you during your time at Artists For Humanity?

I discovered I can be a quick learner. And that is really cool. I also learned how to accurately measure and work in a woodshop.


Do you think you’ll go into something like engineering or 3D modeling professionally?

I honestly don’t know. But it’s a good skill to have. If someone needs some woodworking, I can be like ‘I got you’ and make it.


Do you have any words of wisdom for future AFH participants?

Do what you enjoy, and have fun doing it.


The Nathan Cummings Foundation exhibition was titled “Rising the Tide: Shaping the Future,” and was grounded in these words: “This is yet another crucial moment for the arts. We face a dizzying array of forces reshaping not only our natural environment, but our entire global social fabric. It’s incumbent upon artists to lend their creative, innovative, change-making voices to provoke important conversations that will, if even in a small way, influence our collective futures.”​




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This program is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Mass Cultural Council, and administered by the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture.​

Funded in part by Boston Public Schools (BPS) Arts Expansion, a multi-year effort focusing on access, equity and quality arts learning for BPS students. The BPS Arts Expansion Fund, managed by EdVestors, is supported by the Barr Foundation, The Boston Foundation, Katie and Paul Buttenwieser, The Klarman Family Foundation, Linde Family Foundation, and other foundations and individuals.. BPS Arts Expansion is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.​

Artists For Humanity is supported by the New England Foundation for the Arts through the New England Arts Resilience Fund, part of the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund, an initiative of the U.S. Regional Arts Organizations and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with major funding from the federal CARES Act from the National Endowment for the Arts.​