Amuri Morris, a sophomore at Virginia Commonwealth University majoring in Studio Art, received a $2,000 Fine Art Scholarship from the Frederic Whitaker and Eileen Monaghan Whitaker Foundation. She is from Richmond, Virginia.
In her student statement that accompanied her application she explained what inspires her.
With art, I crafted my own world and turned my visions to reality. I see it as simultaneously the ultimate form of escapism and the strongest tool I have to shape my own reality. This experience changed my plans for the future because it secured my desire to become an art teacher (to ensure that students can have the same creative opportunities I did). I believe that the deprioritization of creativity in the classroom in favor of rehashed lesson plans stunts the development of a visionary lens and establishes limits for students, thus the line between reality and the imaginary becomes clearly defined.
Helen Keller once said, “The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.”
Here “sight” can be identical to the grace of an education and “visions” are the creative thoughts that such an education should stir. Therefore, my drive to enter my field is to ensure that future generations are presented with an appropriate level of artistic nurturing to maximize their potential. In school, I want to continue to learn how to effectively translate my artistic ideas and learn how to foster children’s artistic capacity.