Students in the studio art class at Thomas University prepare for a painting project at Hands and Hearts for Horses. Participants include (from left) Jordan Bermundez, TU student; Harley Tanner, TU student; Rich Curtis, Assistant Professor of Art; Tyler Brower, TU student; and Dustin Brower, TU student.
TU students use arts skills to help Hands and Hearts for Horses
Students in Professor Rich Curtis' studio art class at Thomas University began repainting stations along the riding trail at Hands and Hearts for Horses this fall.
The students became involved in the project after Frances Parker, Executive Director of Hands and Hearts for Horses, talked to Curtis about revitalizing the stations.
“This was an opportunity to have students in my class apply some of what they learned earlier in the semester while providing a great service to the community.” Curtis said. “I want my students to see the positive outcomes of community service.”
Hands and Hearts for Horses, is a non-profit organization, accredited under PATH International, offering activities in both therapeutic riding and hippotherapy six days per week, eleven months each year.
“I enjoyed being at Hands and Hearts for Horses,” said TU student Tyler Brower. “It was very relaxing, and it was a wonderful volunteer opportunity for me and my brother.”
Jordan Bermundez, a freshman at TU, also participated in the project
“It was a nice experience I got to enjoy with my classmates and teammates,” he said. “I can tell a lot of hard work goes into an organization like Hands and Hearts for Horses. I was glad I got to experience it.”
In January Curtis will bring another class of studio art students to Hands and Hearts for Horses to participate in other volunteer opportunities.
Students in the studio art class at Thomas University repaint one of the stations along the riding trail at Hands and Hearts for Horses.