Meet Jessica Baird – Visual Arts Instructor

Meet Jessica Baird, our new Visual Arts Instructor. Jessica’s role at Loveland Center is to create a visual arts program for our participants at the Venice, Bradenton, Port Charlotte and North Port locations.

When Jessica was asked what drew her to Loveland, she said it was because she wanted to work for a nonprofit, while incorporating creativity. Jessica stated that Loveland Center is a one-of-a-kind place. She felt that from the start, it was clear the employees and participants were very special and kind. Jessica shared that the smallest act of kindness can make a participant’s day. Her favorite aspect about working with the participants is making them happy by helping them express their creative ideas. Jessica said, “watching a participant come out of their shell when we talk about a project they are interested in, is very rewarding.”

Loveland Creates has huge plans in 2023! The two main goals for Visual Arts are to start “The Loveland Store”, where participants will be able to sell their art, and to publish their first book, MEET LOVELAND.

Jessica’s best piece of advice is to do what is right, not what is easy. A personal goal of her’s is to help the Loveland participants make good choices, and have confidence in themselves.