Kristian Chanel

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Oh my, how time flies! School and work has kept me a busy bee, but my creative spirit has been soaring high and free. In the few weeks that have passed so much has begun to take place, and every experience has kept me diligent in wanting to make a positive difference in my community. I'm going to start taking serious steps in turning every dream into a reality, and although school is my biggest focus, I'm using even it as vessel for accomplishing community centered goals. ICO Detroit is the seed I have planted, and into a tree it must grow.

In case you're wondering dear reader what ICO Detroit is, it came to me as an idea to take what I love most in this world- art, and fuse it with what I care most about- education and youth empowerment. Imaginarium Creative Outreach, or ICO for short, will be my ever growing bond between art and education. Its a lifelong commitment to fighting for social justice, dreaming big, working hard, barely sleeping, remaining strong in the face of adversity, smiling everyday, bringing God, my friends, family, and amazing partner in crime (heeeey Mike) along the way, and most of all doing everything I can to give to the kids of Detroit the amazing gift of hope, love, and beauty through the arts.

Whew! I've got my work cut out for me!

In dreaming big I must take small steps, and two of my tiny leaps of faith have already launched me into what I know will be a wonderful year of things to come. The first is the Brother Bear Project- a creative toy drive bringing artists and little ones together, and the second is Obscure, a masquerade fundraiser benefitting ICO's dreams up opening a community art house. Each event is something new for me- opportunities to grow and learn about what it takes to truly make a difference and I'm beyond excited to learn and thrive through these endeavors. From here on out, things are going to become stupendous. This tree is  going to grow tall and mighty- and I'll continue to soar high and free.