Jeffery Miles is a Big Artist mentor to Octavian at Barbara Jordan Elementary. Learn about his experience being an artist and arts mentor.
How long have you been a Big Artist?
This is my first time being a Big Artist.
What is your favorite thing about the program?
My favorite thing about the program is reactions the Little Artists have when they push themselves and create something that they didn’t realize they had the talent to make.
What is it about teaching and mentoring that makes you happy?
Building a connection with the students and knowing that I am having a positive effect on a person’s life is what makes it worth it.
When you were a kid, did you have a mentor or someone who gave you a push toward art?
I always had people that gave me compliments about my art and supported me, but I never really had anyone take the time and mentor me towards art. I would’ve really valued having that presence.
Where can people find your work?
You can find my work at themilescollective.com.