Arts Incubator Living Learning Community students at AU have the option to attend several arts-related programs throughout the year. The purpose is to foster a sense of connection and camaraderie among the students, to expose them to a broad range of the arts, introduce them to prominent members and organizations in the Augusta community and to provide them with opportunities to practice and hone their interpersonal skills.
“When I was recruiting students to the program, one of them mentioned her love of cooking and she showed me photos on her phone of some beautiful dishes she had created,” said Dr. Wesley Kisting, Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. “That gave me the idea to reach out to Helms College to make the culinary arts one of our focal points. It was important to me that they experience a wide range of arts, not just visual art.”
“Food is one of those things that people love but often take for granted and rarely think of as ‘art,’” explained Kisting. “But of course it is an art, and I knew the students would be intrigued by learning about it in that way.”
In the fall, chefs from Helms College visited the AU Arts Incubator Living Learning Community dorm to cook with students, and Kisting noted the two events held in conjunction with Helms College this academic year have been among the most popular with his students.
“It’s easy to get lost in the day-to-day as a student and forget just how much knowledge you’re accumulating along the way,” noted Chef Kathleen Vossenberg, Director of Culinary Education at Helms College. “But in moments like this, where our students are guiding someone else through the cooking methods, they begin to realize how far they’ve come in just a few months since enrolling at Helms College. I could see the spark in their eyes and how proud they were of themselves. It makes me very proud too.”
About Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA
Goodwill industries of Middle Georgia, a non-profit 501(c)3 charity, builds lives, families and communities one career at a time by helping people develop their God-given gifts through education, work and career services. More than 86 cents of every dollar of Goodwill revenue underwrites job training and placement services within the agency’s 35-county service delivery area. In 2018 - with support from 467,256 material donors - Goodwill served 14,998 people, placing 6,478 in jobs. Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA is accountable to a local Board of Directors, belongs to this community and is not owned by any individual or company.
About Helms College
Helms College, a private, independent postsecondary career school sponsored by Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia, Inc. and licensed by the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission, offers accredited programs through its two hospitality schools as well as its new School of Health Services. Helms College is an institution of higher education that provides a unique approach to experiential learning and career education. Named in honor of Rev. Edgar Helms, the founder of Goodwill Industries, Helms College creates opportunities for students to discover their strengths and build upon their knowledge, skills and attitudes through extensive integrative and experiential learning. Visit helms.edu for more information.