“I’d like to bring some light to people if I can… Come in and bring some good vibes.”
Taylor Payton is an artist and RESOURCE Spectrum ArtWorks volunteer. He found RESOURCE online after reading an article suggesting finding fulfillment through volunteering and has volunteered every Thursday since.
“He’s a gift to our studio. His positive nature and engaging approach during Open Studio hours helps us create a safe and welcoming space for people to create art in,” says Program Manager Jes Reyes.
Taylor grew up drawing and trying to replicate the things he saw in games and on TV. “I didn’t want to consume, but create,” he says. “I remember when I was 14, I was always drawing in class. It was almost something I couldn’t help, ” he laughs.
Since then he earned a degree in media arts animation and started sharing his knowledge. “People can derive pleasure when they see [art]… but it’s not the same as interacting with others and being able to talk face-to-face and offer a little guidance or encouragement.”
Taylor’s volunteer experience is unique from week to week. “Almost every Thursday, it’s a different thing… I always come away feeling fresh and rejuvenated, ready to go back to work after seeing all the cool stuff people are doing.”
During his time volunteering at RESOURCE, Taylor has met 20 to 25 artists, and is often inspired by them. One of these artists has made an impact on Taylor through his use of colorful, vibrant art to combat depression. Taylor was inspired “not only to travel, but to realize that if I feel anything that could be considered depression it can be beaten and you can still see the world and do beautiful things.”
If you’re considering volunteering and haven’t taken the next step, Taylor has this advice for you: “Get out of your studio, get out of your head. Start to volunteer and give and feel what that’s like… I feel like there’s a new experience every time.”
For more information on volunteering with RESOURCE and Spectrum ArtWorks, contact Courtney Flug, Volunteer Program Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-752-8030.