Aidan O’Flynn has been volunteering at 826 Valencia since 2006, mostly as a Sunday drop-in tutor and as an illustrator for storytelling and bookmaking field trips. He’s seen students grow up from grade school to college, and collected over 150 illustrated storybooks, but he’s still never seen Mr. Blue.
Raised in New England, Aidan was drawn to the Bay Area in 2005 by the literary and artistic culture, the spirit of innovation, and the social mission of organizations like 826. Illustrating at 826 helped give Aidan the impetus to study art more seriously, and he completed his MFA in 2011, and illustrated Volume 15 of the 826 Quarterly in 2012. He still finds few critics as instantly honest as a room full of eight-year-olds. Aidan continues to draw and paint every chance he gets, and he remains committed to using his graphic abilities to teach and inspire.
Some of Aidan’s art can be seen online at www.aidanoflynn.com.
To read about all of our featured volunteers, visit the Volunteer of the Month gallery.