Jing Shuai’s Team and the Project “Fan Your Talents”
This is a community oriented project for friends and families. Without the incredible people who have been working with me, I would not have been able to submit a grant application to Arts Mid-Hudson; nor, would I have been awarded an individual artist commission to launch this program. This truly speaks to what a wonderful community we live in.
I believe that this program will be more meaningful and beneficial to the entire community if more people get involved, volunteer and help to support this effort. The expenses associated with this program will be beyond the $2,500 grant that I will receive from Arts Mid-Hudson. I am hoping that this will be a community wide program for young and old and so I am prepared to fund this project myself in order to purchase additional materials, but I'd certainly be grateful for any community support!
Marcy Bernstein, the founder of Roost Studios and Gallery has been very supportive of all of the Roost artists and provided valuable direction and moral support.
Emre Arapkirli, a SUNY New Paltz graduate volunteered to assist me in writing the grant submission. He is inspiring and a wonderfully patient person, since regrettably, my writing in English is not as good as it is in Chinese. Emre provided a tremendous amount of time editing my work and modifying my original document. He also helped me to pull my thoughts together. When I started to work on the grant, Emre was preparing for his final examinations, I was so touched that he always found the time to work with me.
Even my 94 year old mother in-law has pitched in to support my efforts. I am still working out the details of this effort and my Tai Chi students Kelvin Antonelli an energetic social worker and Beth Wynne, another intern from SUNY New Paltz both meet with me often to provide guidance.
-- Jing Shuai
Kelvin has been a resident of New Paltz for 17 years and is a beginning Tai Chi student of Jing's. She is a licensed clinical social worker and has been helping Jing with editing and program promotion.
Emre studied economics, mechanical engineering and music at SUNY New Paltz. His degree is in music. He assisted Jing in the grant writing process.
Beth has been editing Jing's work for her project. She is a creative writing major and an art minor at SUNY New Paltz where she dances, writes, and makes art.