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Student Spotlight: Alison Easter ’17

For her third co-op, Alison Easter ’17 did not have to venture too far from Yellow Springs to have a meaningful co-op experience. She joined the team at the Goodwill Art Studio & Gallery in Columbus, Ohio, “which runs an art program for adults with developmental and physical disabilities.” The program empowers adults with disability to express themselves through the medium of art and creativity while also allowing them to be compensated for their work by featuring their artwork in a gallery. Alison worked alongside the participants and studio managers in various ways, from assisting with finishing touches of color on participants artwork pieces, to preparing artwork for sale, and securing the necessary materials for the artwork to be completed –all the while sharing conversations, laughs, and stories with everyone in the studio. Through her co-op, Alison expanded her knowledge of programs available to individuals with disability and left with a new intrigue in discovering “how communities and creativity are so important to one’s concepts of self and feelings of support, especially people with marginalized identities.”

Check out this touching success story of studio participant, Charlotte McGraw, and the positive impact the Goodwill Art Studio & Gallery has had on her life and the lives of those she is reaching through her artwork!

*excerpts taken from Alison Easter’s blog assignment

Photo Credit: http://www.goodwillcolumbus.org/shop/shop-the-art-studio-and-gallery/

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Beth Bridgeman is an Assistant Professor of Cooperative Education at Antioch College. Her professional practice areas are informed by community engagement and student-centered experiential learning pedagogy. She teaches courses in co-constructed learning, agrarian systems, reskilling and resilience, plant medicine, seed-saving, and harvest preservation, utilizing the Antioch Farm and campus as a learning laboratory. From 2013-2015 she led the Ohio Agrarian Trade Partnership at Antioch College, developing fifty-two cooperative education partnerships in sustainable food production throughout Ohio. Bridgeman previously served for twelve years as a county extension educator with The Ohio State University, focusing on sustainable agriculture and experiential learning opportunities for youth and adults.

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