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Meet Rod Gao of Mr. Gao’s Art Studio

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rod Gao.

Rod, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Trained as a designer/artist, I always believe that art is a great form to inspire and communicate to people as well as to foster personality. I started teaching art at a local after-school program when I was in college. I gradually found out that I carry the genes that like to be surrounded by kids. They just made me happy and I really enjoyed teaching and being fun and creative with them.

After finished my MBA and having been working in the creative field for years, I realized the importance of art to children and really wanted to share and passed my experience to the next generations. And I also thought that there was a need for art in the Boston community. That was how I started the studio.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I think if you ask any entrepreneurs this question, they may tell you starting a venture is fun, exciting or challenging. But I bet none of them would say it is smooth and easy. The first struggle I encountered was how to acquire students and where to set up the studio. Then, I had to deliver a quality curriculum for the classes. There are always obstacles and issues along the way.

Mr. Gao’s Art Studio – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Basically, my business is art education for children ranging from 4yr old to high school kids. We promote and provide traditional art in our core classes. We have become an award-winning studio for our students have won multiple art awards in both city and state level. That is something I feel proud of.

And now we start combining art with technology. We just set up a new digital art program last year, which is to discipline children how to apply art and implement their ideas with software and digital tools. It was a pretty great success and that is definitely a new direction we like to adventure out further more. And we are also planning to expand our mission to the west side of MA.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Helping more kids and bring more art to people’s life.

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