Children's Hospital Ceramic Mural Project
Matt Lambert, a Wayne State Univeristy student, reflects on his experience in ArtsCorpsDetroit. Matt worked with patients at Children's Hospital of Michigan to create a large ceramic mural that was installed at the hospital.
Please describe your service-learning experience.
My service learning experience provided an eye opening experience that exposed me to the impact of public interaction within the arts. I now understand the saying "it takes a village to raise a child." Under the presence of art human interaction can be taken to its most basic form which is where true connections are made. There is something miraculous that occurs when we get back to basics, and use our hands to create and make a little bit of a mess.
What did you learn about yourself and others?
Through this process I learned that I have a strong group of individuals that support not only my work but are interested in supporting the community in any way possible. Without this group of people it would be unattanable to have completed this project due to its size and dedication of time needed. It would be impossible to try and repay them for their help in this project, many of whom were there for every step of the process, they pulled long nights with me prepping until the late hours of the night and helped to haul supplies to and from locations. I owe them my greatest gratitude, I am very lucky to know such people.
To what extent has the experience impacted your decisions, personally and professionally?
During this experience I have found a talent for working with children. I have never held an interest in this area but for some reason I have become a magnet for them. I will forever remember the smiles on their faces and the energy they radiated when allowed to create, this I will carry with me not only during the course of my career but for life.