Sherita Townsend

Sherita Townsend has been a practicing photographer and studio intern since 2012.  She is growing up here at In Progress, taking on more responsibility to the point that she is now training as a teaching artist, and mentoring other In Progress youth artists.


1. Considering all your experience with In Progress, what is one achievement that you personally are most proud of? Why is this achievement important to you? What does it represent?: I was proud when I made a portfolio because I had finished something that I had started. My portfolio had pictures I had taken of my family. It was important to me because I usually don't finish stuff. My parents saw my portfolio and were very proud of me. My portfolio represents my talent and hard work.

2. What did it take for us at In Progress to achieve this accomplishment? What strengths do we have that helped us succeed?: I set goals one was editing two photos in per week and the end I ended up with a portfolio. Kris taught me how to edit pictures on photoshop and I started to do it on my own and I got really good at it. In Progress had computers with photoshop and teacher to help you learn.

3. What do you think makes In Progress unique? What 2-3 things are at our very core that make us stand out from other arts programs or youth development programs?: A lot of people have been here for a while and other programs people don't stay here that long. It's a mixture of things photography, video, music. it's free and I think there is no age limit.

4. As you think about In Progress, what do you value most? What keeps you engaged here?: I value Kris most because she is nice and she cares about me and whats going with my life outside of In Progress. What keeps me engaged is to get out of the house. When I want to learn something I didn't know before thats keeps me engaged, learning something new.

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