Naomi Giddings, Social Media Specialist and Designer, Arts on the Block
I first started working for Arts on the Block last year, after graduating with a major in design and illustration at Washington University in St. Louis. Pursuing a job in the arts is risky compared to most traditional career paths, and I’ve had to deal with my fair share of naysayers when I tell them I aspire to be an illustrator. Finding a nonprofit that specializes in supporting young artists and teaching them professional skills seemed like a perfect fit for me. That’s why I jumped at the opportunity to work with Arts on the Block.
Encouraging art careers and making them attainable to youth is a huge undertaking, and a nonprofit that does not only that, but creates public art, is a valuable community facet. As social media specialist, I get to use my design background to create graphics promoting AOB as well as connect the community at large with the creative apprentices in the program. Art connects and nurtures a community in a way nothing else does, so sharing the great work of these kids is such a pleasure. While I’m not yet a full-time illustrator, the fact that while working toward that goal I get to support other young people with a passion for the arts is more than I could have hoped for. I can’t wait to see what these inspiring kids do next.
Throughout spring, Arts on the Block will highlight the people, places and programs we love. Our goal is to #AOBHitRefresh on all of the relationships that make up our creative community. It’s spring, what better time to reconnect? Tell us your #AOBHitRefresh story!