Kensington-born artist Lisa Kelley spoke to our class last Thursday and spoke to us about the art program she runs out of Prevention Point and the Kensington Storefront, called Tea and Textiles, and her experiences working there. She shared her incredible personal story of the people in her life who have struggled with substance use disorders and how she became inspired to start her art program. Kelley also brought some of her art which were panels of woven stripes that had writings from people in the community. Some of the writing was heartbreaking and very real.

Kelley’s presentation was really eye opening to the smaller organizations and people doing things. With this project, I felt drawn to report on the larger organizations. Kelley helped me realize that there are also smaller people doing big things.