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Check Out Jack Knight’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jack Knight.

Hi Jack, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I have been in the Art Business all my life starting as an illustrator. I started doing community art events when I started teaching painting classes. My first group event was for kids in a facility for homeless families in Anaheim. Through that I started after school Art programs in some of our poorest communities through GOALS with the assistance of the Picerene Foundation. A big part of GOALS is community service. The Art Events were a means of doing this, community engagement and just getting our kids out of their neighborhoods and mixing with people they would not engage with otherwise. We took different groups of kids to different Senior centers. to paint eggs which grew into many varied and different events. Last year at this time in response to COVID, I started doing free online drawing classes with kids, adults, seniors and different groups of the developmentally disabled. We created a Duck Painting Event which involved painting rubber ducks and leaving them in public places. While a good deal of that was done online we also went to a number of parks and open areas and painted with people wandering by, mostly kids but with people of all ages. I am going to continue that this summer because it was fun.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Like everything else, some things work and some things don’t. And yes, there are always snags and setbacks but they don’t really matter in the long run.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
Artist, illustrator, teacher.

Are there any apps, books, podcasts, blogs or other resources you think our readers should check out?
People. Are the biggest resource.

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