A little more than 4 years ago, I realized that being an artist in the nuclear industry was the career I wanted to pursue. But it didn’t exist! So I slowly started to make imagery, build a website and to file the appropriate documents to start a nonprofit organization while still working as a teacher at the local children’s hospital. Although I quickly connected with many other grassroots nuclear supporters, I felt like my ideas were going largely unnoticed by the industry. But then, in early 2010 I got an email from AREVA asking for design support with their upcoming Earth Day campaign. I was so thrilled! Getting to work with a global nuclear company was literally a dream come true! To this day I am so impressed that they took the risk of working with a young, relatively unknown artist on a National campaign. Incredibly the campaign was a huge success and the experience served as fuel for my creative process- helping me to believe that I really could create my dream job.
So here I am three years later actually doing my dream job (!) and tomorrow, on Earth Day, I will be touring AREVA’s La Hague facility in France. Not only that, but AREVA provided both financial and logistical support for the “Diary of a Nuclear Tourist” project- which has been one of the most valuable experiences of my professional life so far. When I thought up this new approach to nuclear education, AREVA offered another huge gesture of support showing that they care about the arts, communication and education. And looking at the numbers now, I am again amazed at how successful this project has been!
It is tough to express the full extent of my gratitude, but here it goes: To the people of AREVA- thank you so much for appreciating and supporting my creative vision. And for all of the excellent education and outreach that you do every day. Your company is truly a leader in innovative and effective corporate social responsibility.
So, tomorrow is Day 72- and the last stop on the European leg of the “Diary of a Nuclear Tourist” project. To me it seems fitting and even symbolic to spend Earth Day at a facility dedicated to reprocessing nuclear fuel! More to come shortly…