Paint Love Intern

Colette's Final Internship Blog

This is a guest post from one of our amazing summer interns! To learn more about Paint Love internship opportunities check out our careers page!


This past summer, I worked as an operations intern for Paint Love. This meant that I was both working behind the scenes with Julie to plan and prep for events and on the job at nearly 20 projects in the last two months. I also helped out with data-collection tasks and writing for this online blog.

Working at the studio, I saw firsthand how Julie and Laura run operations. As a high school student interested in a career in nonprofits, it was really valuable for me to get a taste of the necessary day-to-day tasks. I learned that every project requires a lot more preplanning than you might expect - it takes creativity and attention to detail to make sure that each event is a success. Coordinating with artists, volunteers, and other organizations means effective communication is vital. It also means that we get the privilege to work with a group of dedicated, compassionate, and inspiring change-makers.

The best part of my internship was, of course, the events. The projects I worked on not only spurred artistic thinking in the children we served, but also gave them an opportunity for self expression and a time to be reflective. The endless positivity and enthusiasm from the kids was incredibly encouraging and truly proved the purposefulness of the Paint Love mission. I loved making felt hearts and paper bag puppets with the pre-schoolers at Our House Decatur and Atlanta, painting collaborative murals with the New American Pathways summer campers, creating clay fish at Camp Peace, and so much more.

My summer with Paint Love was easily one of the most meaningful and fulfilling experiences of my life so far. I can’t wait to continue volunteering and I encourage anyone and everyone who can to get involved with the Paint Love community!

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2018 Artist Challenge

Six incredibly talented artists, Six generous sponsors, 20 hard working volunteers, and an abundant amount of love and support made for an unforgettable Artist Challenge! All of the artists were able to complete their paintings with the help of the attendees purchasing their supplies very early on in the evening. We had the luxury of receiving tours from max Media's technology lab, while enjoying drinks from Reformation brewery and eating delicious sweets from Sugar Spun Fun. 

The guests were able to participate in a successful silent auction, having the chance to win braves tickets, a wine tour with VinoVan, a weekend getaway to Lake Jackson, a years supply of cakes from Sugar Spun Fun, and so many more unique items/ experiences. 

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The success of this event is crucial to allowing Paint Love to continue to host events and enrich the lives of youth in Atlanta. Walking away from a fundraiser feeling overwhelmed by the love and support shown to us on Saturday excites us to continue to stay motivated and focused on our mission. Thank you to everybody that had any part in this event, we can't thank you enough!

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Paper Mache Balloons at Camp Peace

Last week, we also had our first summer project with Camp Peace, a program offered by the Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence. Another event lead by the wonderful Mandy Goodwin, we started work on a paper mache project that we’ll finish up next week. The project entails creating a hot air balloon out of paper mache from which campers will hang positive affirmations about themselves. It’s a creative and engaging way to foster confidence and self-love in youth.

For the first part of the project, our volunteers mixed paste, cut newspaper strips, and blew up balloons for all the campers. The kids then covered their balloons in around three layers of paper mache. Afterwards, we set them all out to dry so they would be ready to go for part two next week. It was a bit of a sticky mess, but the campers had a great time! 

For the second week, once the balloons had been given enough time to harden, students popped the deflating balloon, and were able to paint the outside of the hard shell in bright rainbow colors. We made the basket out of a cup, and wrote affirmations on strips of paper to attach to the base. It was so beautiful to see the pieces coming together, and the kids were so excited!!