Julie Anne Struck
I am a veteran arts educator turned creative activist. In 2013 my professional life changed profoundly when I left higher education and became an arts volunteer, an AmeriCorps member (2014), independent teaching artist to underserved audiences (2015) and VISTA Leader (2016). I now direct an AmeriCorps program at Eastern Kentucky University, but I also create and facilitate community arts experiences for those who struggle with mental health issues, including survivors and bereaved of suicide, and today's youth in need of direction and assistance in developing the inner resilience needed to thrive. I also have a special interest in community art that involves and impacts entire communities in terms of economic and workforce development as well as empowerment and healing.