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Art is Essential to Our Future

Not everybody is expected to follow a career, that would not be the path one would want to follow, but for one lucky individual Amy Balent, a Associate's Professor at Moreno Valley College. Encouraged to follow a career as a lawyer, Amy attended Georgetown as an undergraduate in Washington D.C. it was there when Amy's future in art was inspired by her own chicken scratch doodling on legal pads.

Amy has spent 3 years painting and working full-time in San Francisco, CA. Majoring in Art and minoring in Government, building a creative and inspirational portfolio.

She continued to follow her ambitions, earning her BA in Studio Art at Washington University and her MFA at G.W. while as specializing in watercolor and printmaking on the side. Amy comments, " Art develops confidence in people, it is important to build a body at work that is strong."

Amy has donated her talents in teaching art for 11 and a half years at MVC, she has received the Art Club Advisor Award in 2006 and the Faculty Award for years 2006-2007. Since Amy's arrival at MVC, 15 more Art classes have been provided for students who are interested in Majoring in art, she has help guide these students to follow their dreams in becoming potential art teachers, game designers, media developers and etc.

Amy has taken her students to 22 field-trips in her time here at MVC, places such as the Getty Museum, Huntington Garden and the San Diego Museum to name a few.

"Art is a rare opportunity to express yourself, it builds creativity, trust, motor skills and help fashion a perspective," declares Amy, in response to why it is important that art should be taught at MVC.

Due to Prop 30's upcoming decision, Amy shares her concerns about the possibility of having art classes reduced. She deigns art classes as an oasis for students, a safe environment for those who desire to develop creative skills.

One art student, 22 yr. old Sharon Bonilla, a California native from Salinas, commented," Art helps me relax, and change my perspective in everyday things." Majoring in Nursing, Sharon has been following in her family's footsteps in art.

Sharon remarks that her brother-in-law is an artist himself, her mother encourages her daughter to express her creative side. She declares that Professor Balent has helped her not only by challenging herself but by embracing the outcome of her work.

Sharon is hopeful that Prop 30 will be passed, she sees it as a roadblock for future artists and herself if it wasn't. Her reply, “I would be devastated if art classes were shutdown, without it, I would be stuck, I wouldn't know how to improve my art skills."

Art is essential to our future and with relationships with ourselves and our peers. "Art is a study of visual feeling" comments Professor Balent.

 

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