Kathleen “Kit” Jagoda is an artist who uses brush strokes and color to speak and give voices to animals and children. She rescues animals and she paints them. She also teaches art in elementary schools for Spokane Public Schools. Regarding animals, she said, “Their voice is so often unheard, yet they have the right to be heard.” Regarding children, she said, “It’s important for kids to not get caught up in peer pressures or societal demands but to learn about their voice, to listen to their voice, and to follow it. Are they going to find their voice from others or from within – and how do they relate to the world, the environment and others? These are questions that the arts provide a path. The visual arts can offer a means for children to learn to feel safe with their own voice.”
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