Tyler Graduate Leads Painting Fundraiser
Art exists as both a product of passion and fuel for it. There are many worthwhile causes that require assistance to garner both interest and funds to support them, and even more artists who work hard to bring these goals to fruition. Recently, Joy Waldinger, a Tyler Alum and a professional artist, hosted a fundraising event to support students in need. Joy Waldinger graduated from Temple University with a BS in Art Education, and is working on her master's degree in restorative practices. In 2016, she participated in the Donkeys Around Town community art project hosted by the Democratic National Convention in partnership with Visit Philly, Mural Arts, Roe Fabricators, and ArtJawn.com.
She currently teaches Environmental Design at the Charter High School of Architecture + Design, and was a lead teaching artist for the Mural Arts Program: A20 (Arts and Artists Outdoors).
Sixteen slots were available to donors to learn how to paint, the ticket sales benefitting the Ambler Campus Scholarship Fund. Participants brought their own beverages while food was provided by Temple. After the event, Joy took the time to answer a few questions about her experience as a teacher, fundraiser, and Tyler graduate for students who may be interested in this career path.
“I've done a little bit of fundraising in the past, mainly via benefit shows or Temple events where we raised money for charity,” says Waldinger. “This most recent event is a step in a new direction that I hope to keep walking!”
“I stumbled up on this fundraising opportunity (Painting for a Purpose) through a Tyler Alumni Facebook group/page that I belong to. Someone recommended me, and then I inquired about it. I am an art teacher in center city and have taught painting to a variety of ages before. It felt like a natural fit to lead this event. I hope to do more of these in the future!”
This event is the second of its kind hosted by Temple for the Ambler Campus Scholarship Fund. Painting classes with the option to drink have become increasingly popular as both a group activity and a method of community fundraising and relationship building. Though Community Art Practices are essential for building strength in local culture, it is equally important for the artist to create their own practice that is personal to them. The artists' journey is often complicated, so when asked about her personal practice and journey, Joy responded: “I am a community artist and educator from Philadelphia who has worked for WHYY, The Mural Arts Program, The Philadelphia Museum of Art and The Wagner Free Institute of Science. My work explores human connection to nature and responsibility to the planet to ensure generations to come while restoring connections in fractured communities. I currently teach Environmental Design at the Charter High School of Architecture + Design (9th-12th grades). Art is a powerful tool that can generate change on a personal, local and global level. Art is also a great unifier that can bring communities together. I also make and share work. I have exhibited at The Abington Art Center, The Resource Exchange, and PhilaMOCA. I have also been published in Philly Voice, CRED magazine and The Sun Magazine. My goals as an artist and educator involve teaching and making more work. I am mainly a painter and writer but over the past couple years I have gotten back into film with short narrative documentary projects via Philly Cam and eHow Arts and Crafts video series.”
As an accomplished artist and graduate, Joy was happy to provide some advice for Tyler students who are on their way to graduation. “My advice for current Tyler students is to stay very focused while in school. Have an internship every single summer if possible. Work in your community and get to know your community and city. And just ask! regarding opportunities or regarding advice. Be open.”
While Joy is a talented teacher, she is also an environmentalist, artist, and educator. She does a lot of work in the community, recently becoming block captain of the 800 block of Fernon. She is also working to be a Philacycle captain, and a Trash Academy Leader via Mural Arts program.
Keep an eye out for many more exciting fundraising events, coming to you from Temple!.
Find Joy’s work here: http://joywaldinger.wixsite.com/joywaldinger