Mary Kay Thomas
When Mary Kay Thomas enrolled at Cuyahoga Community College, a stroke had left her unable to read. She chose to continue her education to regain the skills she lost from the brain trauma, and because she loved helping others through her passion for art. “I love art and it has been a huge part of my life as far back as I can remember,” she said. “Art proved to be the best therapy, but I couldn't have done it without Tri-C.”
After graduating from Tri-C in 2009 with an associate degree, Thomas transferred to Ursuline College and earned a bachelor’s degree in Studio Art, with a concentration in Art Therapy, in 2013. She is now a self-employed experience artist and art educator, primarily working as a sculptor, painter and mixed media artist. She particularly enjoys introducing art to children, and recently worked with students in the Youth Opportunities Unlimited program to create a mural for the Union Miles Development Corporation. “Each one of us has the capability to express ourselves through visual art if only given the opportunity,” she said. “Through art I touch the lives of young people in a positive way, every day.” To learn more about her work, visit Rhythmicartistry.com.
Thomas encourages others to start their higher education path at Cuyahoga Community College. “Tri-C offers all the conveniences of a larger institution, and they strive for excellence,” she said. “The Access Program gives you the support needed to make your journey successful. And, with multiple campuses you have the ability to take the classes you need, when you need them. Thumbs up for Tri-C!”