I am raising money for tuition. All donations will go toward paying tuition for Fall and Spring semesters at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.
I am an emerging Black female artist, reared in the Caribbean, transplanted to and refined in the United States, residing in Maryland these past 10 plus years. At present I am enrolled at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA) in Philadelphia for my MFA which I began in August 2022. I have always had a passion for art and have rigorously dedicated these last 2 years to bring my past skills up to a standard that I could be proud of and was therefore accepted into this unique MFA program. This was an exciting day for me.
Henri Matisse once said, "Creativity takes Courage". I understand this phrase very well. To attend this intensive program, I am up three days a week by 5 am to take the train from Maryland to Philadelphia. This commitment is necessary to ensure I could train with the school’s excellent faculty to develop and master my technical skills. I feel joy knowing something I create can bring meaning and smile to someone’s face.
I have also realized you cannot let anything stop your dreams and your light from shining. I have fought all my life to be educated. One of my most poignant memories growing up is of my mother. One morning when I was about 15, we had no idea how I was going to get to school, and it had just started to rain. My mother said wait here, I watched her walk through the rain, when she came back, she had enough money for me to take the bus to get to school. I learned the power of tenacity and hope in direct action.
The school's financial aid package cannot fill the gap between what the school costs and what I can afford, I require financial help and your generous donation will ensure I do not lose this opportunity I have worked so hard to achieve. To date I owe a $22,000 balance in tuition for the 2022-23 school year. 11,000 for Fall 2022 and 11,000 for Spring 2023. Although COVID happened, causing my resources to dry, my dream did not. I understand well the challenges and demands we all face during these unprecedented times, as we strive to maintain hope of a brighter future. I believe in myself, and it is always nice to have people believe in me.
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