Highlighting Art for Others Club

About eight years ago, Loyola Blakefield visual arts teacher Mrs. Virginia Petr founded the Art for Others Club with a sophomore who wanted to create a club built around service with and for others. “My goal as a moderator for the club was to have students visit places like retirement and foster homes, work with children and adults, and bring a smile to their faces,” said Mrs. Petr. “The primary goal of Art for Others isn’t the creation of art itself, rather using art to reach out to people in the community who need a friend or even just a smile.”

Mrs. Petr spoke about the time Loyola students worked with children at St. Vincent’s Villa. “[The children] enjoyed that feeling of having a big brother role model,” said Petr. “I think it’s rewarding to see the response of the children we are working with.” She also described how Art for Others makes cards for the sick and people who usually don’t receive gifts during the holidays. “It’s a reflection of what Loyola Blakefield is about; that we are a loving community.”

Art for Others is an excellent way for Dons to connect with each other off campus and step out of their comfort zone. Students have the opportunity to develop their leadership skills through planning and coordinating events, while making a difference in other people’s lives. Art for Others truly embodies the Jesuit values of being committed to justice and dedicated to service. Art for Others exemplifies being men and women for and with others.

If you would like to get involved in their efforts, you can join the club every other Tuesday after school or reach out to Mrs. Petr for more details.

Jonathan Owusu-Boahene '23

Jonathan is currently a junior at Loyola Blakefield.