June 28, 2021

Leaving the Comfort Zone: Gerald Abreu on the GlassRoots Experience at Peters Valley

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Continuing our series of guest posts by our fabulous first cohort of GlassRoots Fellows, Gerald Abreu writes about his experience at Peters Valley below: 

“I’m writing this post during my 6th week here at Peter’s Valley. I’ve taken seven classes thus far, and truthfully, this has been a fantastic experience. I came to Peters Valley without knowing what I wanted to do in life. I was lacking any extensive or formal training in the arts beyond the few high school classes I took, so I was a bit worried that I wouldn’t be able to really enjoy myself. But I was surprised to find how encouraging the people here are. The teachers, assistants, art fellows and staff members are all very patient and approachable. 

Despite my numerous errors during my tenure here, I’ve heard nothing but positive reinforcement. And despite how short the classes are, I was able to learn a lot due to the phenomenal teachers. Nothing was too hard or out of reach to achieve.

My roommates are also great, interesting people that have done a lot in enriching my stay at Peters Valley.

Even though I still don’t know entirely what I want to do in the future, I’m glad to have decided to come here and leave my comfort zone. I’d like to thank everyone I’ve met here for being such great people. And I hope that more folks reach out to Peters Valley to learn more about art, nature, or themselves. It’s never too late.”


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