Wolfe falls for the arts
by Courtney Warren
May 18, 2014 | 1912 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Amber Wolfe is taking the Delta Arts Alliance and the art community in Cleveland by storm.

"When I think of the very epitome of passion, I think of Amber. She is fierce in her allegiance to the arts; she will continue to be tireless in her fight to bring the arts to everyone in the community; she is dogged in her desire to see arts infiltrate and integrate every crossroad of our life. I am proud to call her a colleague and relish any opportunity to work with Amber. In addition to her passion, she was a deep, working, and knowledge of technical skills, which allows her to deliver on her sometimes-grandiose visions. That's a dangerous combination and one we know, here at the Delta Arts Alliance, we want to continue working and partnering with," said Rori Herbison, director of the Delta Arts Alliance.

Wolfe recently graduated with a master's degree in art education and currently student teaches 4k-sixth grade art as an art intern at Hayes Cooper Center.

"At first I was only teaching one or two classes but then I realized since I'm here why not teach everyone. Art is for everyone and I think we should offer it to all kids. Some kids only get art once a week and some once every two weeks," said Wolfe.

Wolfe has been working with the Delta Arts Alliance on small projects so far such as paper making classes on Valentine's Day and teaming up with the DAA through the Delta State art program, however, Wolfe will teach a series of summer classes in June.

"I have a lot of projects planned and a lot of them are fiber oriented since that's my real specialty. We'll also do one where I'll fill balloons with a powdered paint, an acid mixture, and water and we'll do splatter paint. Rori's excited about that one. We'll also do some found object art and a lot of upcycling like redoing T-shirts and we might make a T-shirt bag with the older kids," said Wolfe.

Wolfe said she's excited about these summer classes because it will get kids out from in front of the television and back into the arts.

"It's an exceptional opportunity for the kids and myself. I feel like I'm an emotional vampire, I just feed off of their happiness; if they're happy I'm happy," she said.

"Art is an enriching experience and it benefits the community as a whole. You get to experience something creative when you experience art and it's no secret that being creative leads to a higher IQ. The more art in your life the better and through this art you can experience a different perspective," she said.

Wolfe said through artwork children can travel all over the world because "they experience a vital aspect of the culture. You are actively participating in a cultural thing like basket weaving."

Wolfe said because of art and a child being creative they are able to learn to make decisions on their own.

"Kids are able to create their own interculture. By knowing what they like it helps with decision-making. It's so much more than just taking a test. You don't just magically learn how to creatively solve problems or think for yourself. You have to experience that," she said.

Wolfe is also working with actors and actresses in the community on the Delta Theatre Project, which will bring theatre to the community in the summer months.

"We are planning a theatre festival and will several plays back to back to back at the end of July and beginning of August. We will perform them in different venues throughout the community," she said.

Wolfe expressed the want to perform a play in local libraries about reading and adventures one can have through reading.

"I may not be able to write but I love to read. I'm a reader and I love to mix literature with the arts," she said.

The Delta Theatre Project will also perform a play called "Bug" that Wolfe says is dark and includes a great deal of heavy material.

"In my opinion it addresses the Stockholm syndrome in relationships and the why women won't leave in abusive relationships. It's brilliantly written but very dark," she said.

With plans in theatre and plans for the summer art classes at the Delta Arts Alliance, Herbison said she is excited to see what Amber brings to the DAA.

"We are thrilled to have Amber on board for our June programs. We have been pouring over different ideas and I think the slate Amber finally settled over will prove fun for the kids - which was one of our main objectives in our planning. These kids work so incredibly hard during the semester, we really wanted to make sure we were providing them the valuable opportunity to simply unwind, laugh, have unadulterated fun creating and showing creativity," said Herbison.

For more information about the DAA summer programs call (662) 843-3344.