Because of Kieren’s passion for art, he selected the visual arts discipline for Arts Enterprise. He began developing an interest in art by drawing cartoon characters from the show Veggie Tales. “There’s a segment at the end of the show where they teach you how to draw the characters,” Valerie said.
As his skills have grown, he has created more sophisticated pieces like an interpretation of Van Gogh’s Starry Night. He attends Simon Kenton High School and chose art as an elective. “His art teacher has sparked something in him,” Valerie explains. “His art has evolved into work that is abstract and stunning.” Other recent works include a cityscape and painting of a WWI German clock for a family heirloom project. He was also recognized with an Honorable Mention for a Kenton County calendar contest.
Kieren became involved with Melodic Connections after an ArtsWave event at the Newport Library. “Within three minutes, Betsey was showing him how to play the guitar,” said Valerie.
Since then, he’s been attending summer camp each year and loves both music and art.
During Arts Enterprise, Kieren and other participants will engage with leading arts partners while honing their craft. Discipline groups will be small and escorted by trained Melodic Connections’ staff and college-age volunteers. Part of the registration process includes submitting a sample that expresses interest in the preferred discipline.