New Addition to RxArt!
Born in Los Angeles, California and raised by a mother who designed shoes and a father who worked in fashion/art, naturally our home had a room designated to arts and crafts. There was no escaping the visual stimulation my sisters and I were constantly surrounded by… but really, we couldn’t get enough of it.
Considering I lived in the same home since I was two years old and attended the same tiny school in Sherman Oaks from the age of three to eighteen I craved creative outlets. I would create mish-moshed mixed media collages and draw things that would make absolutely no sense to the outside viewer. My sketchbook was my diary. I didn’t need words to express how I felt or to work through my ideas. I remember always turning to drawing or painting, and when I did I would suddenly feel at peace. It was the kind of release each of us needs during those horribly awkward teenage years.
Shortly after I discovered my love of making beautiful—or oftentimes senseless—images, I realized how much I loved making a positive difference in people’s lives. I began my fundraising and advocacy career as a shy middle school student and haven’t quit since.
Luckily I found a University, and an internship, where I could study both. Today I am in my last year at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study within NYU, studying visual arts and social entrepreneurship.
RxArt has given me a chance to combine the two things I love more than anything…bringing happiness and hope to people’s lives and visual arts. Art was and is such a vital part of my life. Not only did art uplift me during hard life events, it played a huge part in many amazing moments. I can’t imagine what it must be like as a child to, first of all be sick during the most innocent and carefree moments we have in life, but to have to be sick in an environment that brings you down even further with its stark white walls and sterile environment. The work that RxArt does to bring life and hope into pediatric facilities across the U.S. is incredible and I am thrilled to be a part of this movement.
- – Olivia Marciano