How One Briljent Employee is Using Chalk Art to give Back to the Community
By The Briljent Team
Here at Briljent we’ve made it a priority to give back whenever possible, and extend to others from what we’ve received. For us, that means taking the opportunity to use our time, talents and gifts in a way that serves others.
One employee who delights in sharing her talents beyond the office walls is our Multimedia and Graphic Designer, Andrea Light. She holds an M.A. in Art and has served as Briljent’s lead designer for more than 12 years. When she’s not at the computer designing graphics or cutting-edge, interactive, eLearning experiences for us, she lends her artistic abilities to charitable causes and the community at large.
For the past four years, Andrea has traveled around the country creating artistic masterpieces with the use of ordinary sidewalk chalk. Through her chalk art, she has been able to support and help raise funds for numerous organizations including: Random Acts of Flowers – an organization that repurposes floral arrangements and distributes them to individuals in hospitals and nursing homes; New Beginnings Foundation – an organization that provides support to foster care children and their families; Indiana Sports Corp; and Phoenix Theater, just to name a few.
This past summer she was also selected by the Indianapolis Art Council and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, to represent the City of Indianapolis through the “It’s My City” campaign. She was asked to design and lead community volunteers through the development of a massive 90-square-foot sidewalk chalk mural. This effort aimed to leverage civic pride and engage residents in the health and well-being of Indianapolis.
“Sidewalk chalk is something that most people can relate to and I encourage everyone to give it a try,” said Andrea. “It’s nice to be able to step away from the computer and get my hands dirty doing something I love, creating impactful visual experiences. Meeting new people and raising funds for great causes is really just the cherry on top.”
She recently worked with community members to organize a chalk festival on Indy’s east side. The festival was held, free-of-charge, in an effort to make art accessible to all, regardless of income.
Andrea is just one of many Briljent employees that make an impact outside the office. We look forward to sharing more stories of how Briljent gives back in the near future.
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