Arts For Life Staff Spotlight: Meet Katharine!

In this series, we’ll highlight the staff members who make up the incredible Arts For Life team.

Home chapter: Durham

What is something you love about your job?

The playfulness and creativity! I feel incredibly lucky to have a job that demands spontaneity, flexibility and a lot of imagination – when we’re making art with kids and families AND when we’re problem-solving as a staff to create new programming.


What is your favorite kind of art to make?

Printmaking. While I would love to carve gigantic woodblocks, I haven’t had the chance to do that regularly since I was in college… but I really enjoy making small linoleum blocks – and the cleanup is so much easier!


Name one or two artists who inspire you.

Mural artists have been a great inspiration to me recently – I love finding art outside of museums and the idea of creating a canvas to make art ANYWHERE… the side of a building, a bridge, even the box on a telephone pole. Here are two of my favorites!










What is your favorite internet art resource ?

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems








What is your favorite art supply?

Patterned Paper (including leftover newspaper or wrapping paper); Watercolors and Permanent Pens; Printmaking Ink


If there was a world free from illness and disabilities, where Arts For Life didn’t need to exist,  what kind of job would you have?

Something as close to this as possible – where I could continue to be creative and encourage that in others by making art with kids and families! I love the idea of opening my own family art studio.

What are two things you’re grateful for right now?

Katharine’s sunny art space

Having a space to make art. After living in small apartments for a long time, I love having a table at a window where I can play with art materials… and not have to move everything immediately off of it to be able to cook dinner!


Technology that makes it easy to connect with friends and family from afar. I have friends and family all over! And I’m so glad to have ways to see their faces and laugh together even if we can’t see each other in person as often as we would like.


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