Gold Award Girl Scout: Brittney Smith, Colorado Springs, ” Exploring an Artist’s Viewpoint”

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

For my Gold Award project,  I wanted to empower and inspire my community and local artists. To achieve this dream, I created an annual art show tradition, at my high school, to showcase student art. The student art that is showcased targets a worldwide issue or a controversial perspective. These projects have allowed people to connect with others through their similarities and differences, and open people’s perspectives on a worldwide issue. For my art show, I was able to achieve these goals through art in a unique and non-verbal way. I created eight different ocean-themed sculptures on Altoid mint cans. These cans represent how sea animals turn our trash into their homes. The idea of ocean pollution is a controversial subject, but something that needs to “sea” change.

How did you measure the impact your Gold Award project made on your target audience?

To vocalize this controversial topic, I hosted an art show for the public to discuss their opinions and different perspectives. At my art show, I used surveys to see and prove that art can bring different perspectives together and inspire others.

How is your project sustainable? How will your project continue to impact after your involvement? 

I created an art show curriculum to continue to inspire other artists and people for years to come.

What is your project’s global and/or national connection?

This curriculum has been sent out to all of District 20 in Colorado Springs, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, the Fine Arts Center, and the National Arts Honor Society.

What did you learn about yourself?

Throughout this project, I have not only learned about other people’s perspectives, but I have learned many things about myself too. For example, I learned that I tend to put more on my plate than what I can handle. During this project, I was working three different jobs, going to college as a full-time student, and somehow made time for the gym and the ones I love.

How will earning your Gold Award impact you in the future?

Although I had way too much on my plate, I am proud to say that I persevered and earned my Gold Award. This award will help me earn dental scholarships and future jobs. I am currently completing my first of 14 years of college to become an Oral Maxillofacial Surgeon, and every scholarship helps.

Why do you feel the Gold Award was an important part of your Girl Scout experience? 

By earning my Gold Award, I can say I completed Girl Scouts. The satisfaction of finishing something that once appeared so much bigger than myself is what continues to drive me as a person, artist, and G.I.R.L.

How did earning your Gold Award help you become a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader)?

To be a G.I.R.L. a person must be gusty, iconic, robust, and loyal. My Gold Award has helped me become more brave, different, strong, and more of a leader.

**IMPORTANT NOTE: This blog represents only a small fraction of the hard work, dedication, and requirements that go into earning a Girl Scout Gold Award. It is simply a brief summary, which is meant to inspire Girl Scouts to Go Gold in the future. For more information on earning your Gold Award, please email highestawards@gscolorado.org.

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