AFH Alumni Stories: Edition 01 — Mushen Kieta

‘You got a job? Come to this thing tomorrow and you have a job.’ And that was that.”

“I just wanted to get better at drawing, get better at art, and sell more paintings.”

A Lesley University representative from a recent visit to AFH, 2017

I talked to Susan Rodgerson [AFH Founder] and was like, ‘Can we get a Film Studio?’ She talked to this guy, George Cox, who shot a video for AFH and they hired him to be a mentor for a temporary Video Studio. I joined and during my last summer at AFH, they made it permanent.”

AFH’s Video & Motion studio in production mode, 2017

“It was a big event with big names. Usually we would film about twenty people but this was around two thousand people. It was at Boston University’s stadium and it was just huge. We were the only people filming and it was just like, ‘This is so cool.’

A video set constructed by Mushen at the Artists For Humanity EpiCenter
Mushen Kieta, “Tabemasu,” 2006

“This growth, and being able to acknowledge that I was growing, was my proudest moment.”

Mushen Kieta, “Goodluck Blackcat,” 2017
Filming for NBC with fellow alumni Sahra Nguyen

“It was about being able to show some kind of potential. I got good feedback from it, people liked it, and I got hired by an AFH alumni for a documentary through NBC.”

“AFH taught me everything I needed to know in terms of artistic skills, entrepreneurial skills, and being able to sell myself as an artist in order to be a professional.”

Mushen Kieta, “Far From Home,” 2017

“If I hadn’t gone through the program, I would’ve given up a long time ago in terms of being an artist as a career. That very first summer at AFH showed me how you really can make money as an artist.”

Mushen developed “Gallery by Trinket & Mona” available through Apple’s App Store