My experience at the camp further confirmed my belief in the need to connect with students. A lot of art is made stronger through communication of ideas and information and experience. Not only that, but where students feel safe is where they feel they are most free to express themselves. The camp allowed me to relate to many of the students on a personal level. It was a space where I felt safe to share my stories of my experience as a member of the lgbt+ community. More students than I expected confided their own stories in me. It was incredible to realize these young kids were growing up in a world more accepting and aware than the one I grew up in. At one point, a young girl spoke to me and told me how awesome she thought it was that we were so open and willing to share with them and how much she appreciated it. She told me how it made her want to share her own stories because she was relating to us. It was an amazing feeling knowing that they felt safe sharing their experiences with us. I wish I had that earlier on in my art experience because perhaps I would have had more of a connection with m art early on. I really want to remember the importance of this as I continue in my teaching adventures.