Get to know the #FacesOfILNS - each Friday we will highlight a consumer, staff member, or board member so you can get to know more about ILNS.
This week’s #FeatureFriday is Anna Quon. Anna has been an artist at the Art of Disability Festival since 2012 and will be attending this year’s Festival on August 14. We reached out to Anna for a Q&A:
Q: What does creating art mean to you?
A: I love being able to combine my art and words and see it come to life through a book, film, or a painting.
Q: What is one way you think art impacts our community in a positive way?
A: Art offers a space of expression and reflection, as well as imagination and compassion to those who make it and those who experience it. It broadens and deepens our idea of what is, and of what is possible.
Q: What do you enjoy most about the Art of Disability Festival?
A: I enjoy the camaraderie with other artists with disabilities, especially meeting new and upcoming artists. I also enjoy interacting with customers and organizers at the event.
Q: If you could share one piece of advice for other artists living with disabilities what would it be?
A: I think everyone can make art and enjoy making it. I hope other artists with disabilities, or anyone who makes art, can keep the sense of curiosity, adventure, excitement and joy that art can bring no matter where their art practice and business takes them.
What do you enjoy the most about working for ILNS?
"I really enjoy teaching our clients Financial management, especially when they come up and say "I wanted this thing but put it back because I heard you asking me do you really need that? You were in my head!" That really makes me smile. "
-Tina Gascon, ilns finance officer