Hi! I'm Annabelle Choi, high school junior, artist, founder of The Pando Project, and 3am genius. I have a passion for thinking deeply and creating. If you feel like reading an eight-page essay about why Disneyland isn't The Happiest Place on Earth or want to bake the best chocolate chip cookies ever, keep on scrolling!
The Pando Project is my community service project which I began developing two years ago.
Art is often overlooked in k-12 education despite its many benefits. Learning about and practicing art regularly has been shown to increase student’s rates of graduation, decrease problems in behavior, and increase students’ retention of information. According to Early Childhood News, “art enhances creativity, imagination, and self-esteem… [and] encourages cognition, critical thinking, and learning” (Reyner 1). On top of that, art, or skills associated with practicing art, are important in many career fields. For example, creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills are useful in any workplace where one must make decisions. Precision and attention to detail can be applied to many hands-on jobs such as jobs in the medical and engineering fields, and knowing about art history is important in jobs related to cultural studies.
This is why I created The Pando Project, a project which aims to give back to my community by connecting high school volunteers with elementary school students to give younger students a chance to learn about and explore art, and older students the chance to gain teaching experience.