Bridge Builders: Evelyn Fitzsimons & Andrew Grimes

Arc of the Art Teachers Really Do Bridge The Gap–Both Evelyn Fitzsimons and Andrew Grimes recently joined the Arc of the Arts Studio, which has been open just more than a year.

Evelyn (aka Shirley Temple pictured to the right) is originally from San Antonio, but attended the renown Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, R.I. While interning for the National Institute for Arts & Disabilities (NIAD) in Richmond, Calif., she discovered her desire to work with students with disabilities. She started volunteering as an intern at the Arc of the Arts Studio & Gallery daily in August 2008. Evelyn joined the staff in October later that year. She is now the lead art instructor.

Andrew (aka Jack Skellington from “The Nightmare Before Christmas”) also started at the studio as a volunteer and became the studio art instructor in June. Now, he says it’s an equal balance between his joy and the students. Andrew’s hobbies are playing music and drawing. He actually donated three charcoal drawings to this year’s “Building Bridges” art auction. Andrew likes to take it easy and is often found spending time in parks or at coffee shops. First concert: Riders in the Sky, I dressed in my cowboy clothes, boots, hat and all.

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