Once upon a time, Joel Cordero dreamed of making a living as a photographer.  When he was a 15-year-old New Bedford High student, he heard about an opportunity that would change the course of his life.  That's when Cordero was was introduced to Photoshop by the Dream Out Loud Center.

At the Dream Out Loud Center, Joel Cordero took his passion for sketching and painting to new heights.  He was a part of a community of like-minded local youth who were dedicated to taking their sparks of creativity and turning them into a career.  The organization also offered connections in the form of mentors.

Now, 25 years later, Cordero is a successful SouthCoast business owner who is relishing the chance to give back to the organization that helped launch his career.  "It's amazing that this organization is still going strong, and I love the fact that I can help them keep going."

Cordeiro has become one of the best drone photographers in the state.  As a licensed drone operator, Cordero has worked for media companies like NBC 10 in Boston.  He credits much of this success to his experiences with Dream Out Loud.  "The program is free to all kids.  It operates on donations from the public," said Cordero.

These days, you'll find Cordero's drones hovering over homes all across the SouthCoast.  His aerial shots make his clients' homes seem larger than life, and the allure helps the sellers get top dollar.

One of the ways Cordero has been giving back is by hosting the annual Sky's The Limit Art Gallery at Kilburn Event Center in New Bedford’s South End.  It benefits the organization that got him started:  The Dream Out Loud Center of the Arts.  

This year's gala is happening Friday night from 6pm-9pm.  Cordero's exhibit will showcase a new body of work, a collection of aerial landscape photography that Cordero has captured all over the SouthCoast.

GET TICKETS:  The Sky's The Limit Art Gallery tickets available here.




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