I recently graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with double degrees in Theatre and Hospitality. For years I participated in musical theatre camps, starting when I was just 10 years old. This community has been very special for me.
After several years of participating in camps, I grew to become a teacher’s assistant thanks to Arvada Center Director of Education, Lisa Leafgreen. I am grateful that she saw something in me, and invested in me as an artist and teacher. Being a TA, I learned so much about theatre and about what it takes to be a good leader.
As the Center continued to push me, it taught me to believe in myself. Having started as only a student, I got chills when I first saw that my work badge suddenly said “Instructor” on it back in June of 2022.
The younger version of myself could never have imagined that I would one day be teaching students just like me! I taught my first camp - and to be honest - it was terrifying. But the leadership and communication skills I learned at the Center set me up to be successful. It's wild to think that some of the kids I taught might also grow up to be teachers themselves. I hope I contributed positively to their journey.
I am eternally grateful for my time at the Arvada Center and I look forward to going to my second home every time I am back in Colorado. Maybe one day I will run into you there!
- Hadley Vogler, Arvada Center Student/Teacher/Artist
Hadley is one of the thousands of students and teachers that are impacted by the Arvada Center every year. By supporting the Center today, you join peers from all over our state in demonstrating how the arts are vital to the development of our youth. Thank you.