Soul Stories: Megan Donley

Ever since she was a young girl, Megan Donley has had a passion for art. If you can name a medium, there’s a good chance Megan has tried it. Now 24 years old, Megan has found the perfect creative outlet – Soul Studio.

“I feel welcome here,” Megan says.

Born in South Korea, Megan was adopted along with her brother, Matt, when he was 5 and she was just 3 years old. From the beginning, her mother, Judy, saw Megan’s artistic side.

“She’s always liked crafts and things at home. It’s something we’ve always done,” Judy says.

Megan and her mom took a tour of the Soul Studio two days before the start of the pilot program. After looking around, Megan was hooked.

“I’ve never had something like this in my life, never had someone care as much, with people who have the same interests as me,” Megan explains. “It’s a cool experience.”

Megan lists photography, weaving, and ceramics as her favorite activities. She also likes painting and scrapbooking. But you’ll most likely see her behind a camera. She loves taking pictures of her friends and fellow artists and posting photos on social media.


Accomplishment and Pride

Selling her works of art has been a big source of accomplishment and pride. The first piece Megan sold was a string project that depicts the Guardian Building in downtown Detroit.

“Exciting that someone wanted it,” Megan says of the feeling from her first commission. “They wanted to put it in their house, and it’s an original piece of art.”

Megan’s love for the Soul Studio is written all over her face every time she’s there. She’s always smiling and her mom says it’s easy to see why.

“She’s with a very diverse group of people and she’s never had that before,” Judy says. “That’s made her open to everything around her. It’s just a 100 percent positive situation.”

As much as she loves working on her own projects, Megan also gets a great deal of joy out of rooting for her fellow Soul Studio artists. There’s a team aspect to the environment. Friendships and supporting one another, she says, are what it’s all about.

“It’s always uplifting when someone finishes their work,” Megan says. “We always clap or cheer.”

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