The real-life superheroes of the BEST Community answer that question with action, each and every day. Whether it is providing peer support, mentoring, sharing, caring, inspiring and giving each other a hand up, BESTies, volunteers, team members, community partners, and generous donors make a difference.
The Brain Energy Support Team (BEST) was thrilled and honored to share the art of the Washington State brain injury community.
BEST participated in a community art installation at the Tacoma Art Museum (TAM). Work displayed in Tacoma Art Museum’s TAM Local: Community Art Space for the “Superhero” show. The show ran from October 16, 2019 to December 26, 2019, with an opening night receptions and artist meet and greet on Thursday, October 17, 2019 in the TAM Community Art Space.
With 18 artists featured and nearly 50 pieces of art, this installation was enjoyed by many.
Now that the “Superhero” show has taken flight, we’d like to thank the following:
Thank you to the Tacoma Art Museum for their support, partnership and friendship; you are SUPER!
Thank you to our superhero artists who shared their time and talents: Diane Rasch, Robin Spicuzza, Jennifer McCarthy, The Tacoma Brain Injury Support Group, Nancy Sonduck, Cindy Ose, Erin Thompson, Justin Thompson, A.E. Bennett, Marilyn Bennett, Susan Peterson, Hannah Krueger, Donavan Vilet, Renne Emiko Brock, Kory Christiansen, Tim Carter and Diana Bluthenthal.
Thank you to Diane Rasch of Heartfelt Tidbits of Creativity for providing our superhero make and take art project!
Thank you to our installation team who put together the installation in October. Thank you for your time and hard work: Gloria Kraegel, Jeff Hartson, Marilyn Bennett, Erin Thompson and Kim Thompson.
Thanks to the “de-install” team. Your hard work and support was appreciated: Marilyn Bennett, Casey Bennett, Andrew Bennett, Erin Thompson, John Rasch, Renne Emiko Brock and Kim Thompson.
And extra special thanks for those who came to see our show and for the support for the brain injury community in Washington State!
Here’s a quick recap of the installation. Enjoy!
Super individuals. Dynamic duos. Superhero leagues. Our 2019 real-life superheroes supported the brain injury community in the BEST ways! Thank you, BEST Superheroes for all that you do and all that you are!
BEST is now taking nominations for 2020 for our BEST Superhero of the Month recognition and appreciation program. Click here to nominate your real-life superhero in the new year!
Erin Thompson is an artist with a purpose.
She loves to share her work with the community to raise awareness; at the Brain Energy Support Team (BEST), we’ve been honored to be a big part of Erin’s art and efforts.
The artist, who is also a family member of a brain injury survivor, has been volunteering her time and talents with BEST for years.
And she’s only 18 years old.
BEST is delighted and honored to announce that Erin Thompson has been named our BEST Superhero of the Month for December 2019.
Here’s what her nominator had to say about her:
Since she was in junior high school, Erin has been contributing her time, energy and artistic talents as a BEST volunteer.
Erin has been a longtime artist, and has provided BEST with lots of original art used in social media posts, blog posts, and for special events. Erin has assisted the BEST Communications Manager with consulting for Instagram and for other social media endeavors.
Erin has also assisted as needed for special community events. Her biggest contribution to event work for BEST, was not only to contribute original artwork to the Tacoma Art Museum Local Community Art Installation, BEST’s “Superhero” show running from October 16, 2019 through December 26, 2019, she provided valuable assistance in setting up for the show and opening night reception.
Currently a college freshman at the University of Washington in Tacoma, Erin is studying business marketing and continues to create art. She is passionate about supporting BEST and the Washington State brain injury community, and will continue her contributions.
Thank you Erin for all of your contributions to BEST! You are super!
We are now accepting nominations for 2020! Nominate your real-life superhero today by clicking here.