mission + story
We nurture and encourage the natural creativity within people of all ages through innovative art and design education, community collaboration, and a focus on both local and global impact.
I believe creativity is a skill we all possess. Yet the dominant forms of education do not adequately value these skills. By encouraging and developing imagination, creativity, innovation, critical thinking and intuition, students are better equipped to thrive in life. This is why I started Roots + Wings School of Art and Design.
I moved with my husband and our two young children to Asheville in 2006. I was disheartened that in a city that so deservedly prides itself for its vibrant culture of creativity, and talented artists and artisans, that so little art education opportunities were being offered to the local community – especially children. As a mother and educator, I know that children have a boundless capacity for creative expression. But if it is not nurtured, it will wither. Roots + Wings School of Art and Design was founded to rise to that challenge.
In addition to being the school’s founding director, I am an art educator, a practicing artist, and hold a Master’s degree in Teaching Visual Art and a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture. Our diverse and talented faculty members are grounded in creative and design-thinking theories. They are accomplished professionals, dedicated to teaching and trained to help students learn to use their creative abilities to the fullest. Our collective backgrounds in education, art and design provide students with the very best instruction.
My dream is to continue to build a school where students of all ages can creatively grow over time and experience the power of art and design to promote positive and significant changes within themselves and their communities.