Shout out to an extraordinary artist and teacher, Pilar Batista, who, together with Naomi Kuo, has been holding down our work at PS 310 and IS 117 in the Bronx this year. She started volunteering with us in 2014 as a high school junior, then became an intern and an apprentice artist, and last spring emerged as our youngest art director ever.
Pilar’s philosophy on teaching: “It doesn’t matter if you’re not an artist. I always want to make the students aware that everyone is creative, and everyone has ability to create.”
Bonus, unsolicited advice: Pilar, next time a news reporter interviews you, spell your name on camera so they don’t turn you into someone else. We love you!