Siera Bruggeman is Director of Marketing with the United Way of Greater Lima.
Story by Adrienne McGee Sterrett
Why do you believe in local money helping local issues?
We, the individuals within our community — the ones who live and work here, are the only ones that can help make a difference in our community. If we sit around and wait for the state or federal government to make changes, individuals will not get the help that they need when they need it. We are responsible for our community. Let’s make it great!
Do you make new year’s resolutions?
I try. One year I even told myself my new year’s resolution would simply be to sit down at the beginning of the month and set goals for myself. This only lasted until March. I have my fingers in so many different colors of paint that it is hard for me to focus on one creative outlet or adventure for too long.
What’s on your Easter table — lamb or ham?
I am actually vegan, so neither! This past Easter I made an Eggplant and Zucchini Hummus Tart and man, oh, man was it delicious. Even my omnivore family members were raving about it. Never tofurky, though. Never.
Favorite art medium to view? To do?
I have an insatiable urge to be around live music. I’m talking dank and dirty local rock shows where I can cram as far up to the front as I can so that I can capture some of their energy. I also play, so I am always watching and learning, analyzing at shows. There is something so exhilarating about creating a masterpiece — or a train wreck — right there in front of your audience. It is an incredibly vulnerable and addicting experience.
What’s your favorite social media platform?
Instagram. Absolutely, Instagram. (@idratherbeflying and @pwishes)
What do you love most about your community?
I love the people. Not a day goes by where I don’t meet someone new, hear a new story, learn something from someone, interact with someone in a different way, or hear a point of view I never thought of before. If everyone were more open to the people around them, we could all understand each other a little better.