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Top) While a student observes, Terry Martin shows her a
new technique.
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Photo courtesy of WWU)
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Middle) Martin is known for his beautiful landscapes, many
of which he donates to charities to auction off during
their fundraisers.
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Photo courtesy of WWU)
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Bottom) In conjunction with the 2013 Martin Luther King Jr.
observance, Terry Martin talks to his class about creating
dream” art.
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Photo by Meghan Greenwalt)
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He advocates for organizations, such as Capital
Arts, that have the potential to bring people
together, and celebrate creativity differences
among individuals in a non-judgmental society.
Martin believes that when people recognize
individual creative differences, other differences
that are often surface differences, may not matter
so much.
When we celebrate creative worth and
contribution to society we all are more united and
respectful as a community,” Martin said.
Martin is a strong believer in academic service-
learning, which allows students to apply what
they learn in the classroom to real-world problems
in the community. His students have participated
in numerous such projects over the years.
1.
Art therapy for children through Dream Factory,
a national volunteer organization that works
to fulfill dreams of critically and chronically ill
children ages 3-18
2.
Greeting cards for deployed soldiers to send to
their loved ones
3.
Art therapy activities for Joplin residents after a
tornado ravaged their community
4.
Therapeutic paintings to brighten the walls of
SERVE, a local agency for the underserved
5.
Paintings to bring color and life to the
examination rooms of St. Mary’s Creektrail Clincs
in Jefferson City
6.
The creation of memory boxes with cancer
patients at St. John’s Mercy Hospital in St. Louis
7.
Posters for Fulton State Hospital’s cultural
awareness program that were hung throughout
the hospital to remind people of group differences
and individuality
8.
Art created from recycled materials and donated
to the Missouri Coalition for the Environment and
the City Museum for their fundraiser.
During the “Wings” project, Martin involved
various groups in the community, including
senior citizens and children in public housing.
He combined their art pieces with work done by
his students and created a sculptural work on the
WWU campus.
Another time, he invited students and the
community to work together to create a seasonal
motif, using autumn leaves.
Our goal is to witness the creation of a large
work of art by a large group of people and, in the
process, celebrate art, creativity and the changing
seasons,” he said at the time.
Perhaps his largest contribution on campus,
besides positively impacting the lives of his
students, has been at the Rosa Parks Center, a
residential treatment group home for young
women ages 12-17, located on the edge of campus.
Along with his students, Martin aims to increase
the creativity of the residents and enable them to
enjoy their time at the Rosa Parks Center—just one
more way that Martin shows his love for helping
and guiding people.
My goal is to encourage future art teachers in
service-learning and to provide creative enjoyment
for the Rosa Parks Center students,” Martin stated.
The residents benefit from the attention of the
students, and the students benefit from the
experience gained from working with the girls.
I am impressed by the philosophy at the Rosa
Parks Center that encourages quiet strength in an
environment of peace,” Martin said.
Martin is currently working on a book for his
grandson, Samuel, with Erica Begley, a senior art
student from Hannibal. The book is a collection of
stories and includes several inspirational messages
to help guide Samuel as he grows.
The stories are to my infant grandson who
represents future hope I have in humanity,”
Martin said.
This book represents the kind of person he is, and
how much he cares about his family. Martin is a
blessing to have here on our campus, and as the
semesters go by, he will continue to inspire his
students, and instill in them a sense of confidence
and well-being.
Jennifer Hewitt paints an evergreen in 2008. Many student
paintings are donated to brighten such places as medical
clinics and SERVE.
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Photo courtesy of WWU)