Alex Trewatha

I would say that because of my AS-L experience, I am more aware of who I am as a person

“I would say that because of my AS-L experience, I am more aware of who I am as a person,” said Alex Trewatha, a senior art therapy major at UW-Superior from Minnetonka, Minnesota.

During the fall semester of 2018, Academic Service-Learning (AS-L) students in Art 484: The Development of Creative Functioning, partnered with St. Luke’s Mariner Medical Clinic in Superior to create art that could be used to decorate the lobby and exam rooms. The goal was for students to create art pieces that evoked a sense of mindfulness and resonated with clinic patients, while going through a process of self-growth.

Alex had additional AS-L experiences in two additional courses, which he said made him realize that he can have an impact on the community.

“My hope is that people will look at my art and be able to put themselves in the scenario, feel more relaxed and have a clear head space. I want my artwork to be able to distract people at the clinic, even if just for a moment, from what might be ailing them. I had a lot of confrontation within myself through the process, trying to figure out what my main skills are and how I have grown over time and what direction I want to go in now that I will be graduating and moving on to graduate school.”

AS-L facilitates the development of a stronger relationship between the university and the community. Community partners can utilize UW-Superior as a tool to help support their growth, expand their knowledge, or meet project goals.  “The university is constantly changing and evolving, and to connect yourself with something that is already growing helps you grow as well. The university and community have sort of symbiotic relationship,” said Alex.