Interview with Lance Johnson - artist and teacher at The Fresh Air Fund’s Camp Junior"I'm from the Bronx, and I live there, so the story of Junior really struck me, because that could have been me when I was growing up. I always start by telling the kids a little bit about myself, and I see their eyes light up when I tell them I'm from the Bronx like them. I think it's cool for them to see that you can do what I do (making art) for a living, because most of them don't know that. I never thought that I'd be making art as a career.""I do murals in the city - I recently did one by Pier 40. I also travel a lot. I recently did a residency in Turkey which was amazing. I've gotten to travel around the United States a lot. I was in Omaha, Nebraska for a bit, and before I went I always thought of Omaha and I just thought of cornfields. But I got there and it was an amazing city - there's a lot of culture and street art. I tell the kids about all that because it's good for them to know that New York City isn't all there is. You need to get out of that bubble a little bit and expand your horizons.""It's amazing seeing the kids create and express themselves. We made the wall of inspiration, and each group is making a bench of inspiration. We do some set projects, but I always tell them to make what speaks to them - we're here to create and have fun."
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