Chen's Story

Chen Jiang is the owner of KidzArt Raleigh. She grew up in China and came to North Carolina for grad school at NC State.  At NC State, Chen met her husband Steve as they were both graduate students in horticulture, researching better ways to grow and store sweet potatoes.  After finishing school in 2016, the (now married) couple left for Boise, ID, because Chen got a job offer with a potato company.

They enjoyed the Northwest, but after having a son in 2018, the family missed North Carolina and decided to return to settle permanently. The couple felt this would be a great area to live and raise a family, and becoming parents had a profound effect on their career goals as well. Chen decided to leave agriculture research for a career that would allow her to be closer to her son and began considering other paths. This eventually led them to purchase KidzArt Raleigh.  After exploring numerous business opportunities, Chen realized KidzArt was the right fit because their philosophy matched what Chen and Steve want for their own children: the belief that self-confidence comes first-hand accomplishment, and no amount of awards can replace this. Chen and Steve are proud they can offer this to the children of the community and want to expand on this lesson.