Student Spotlight: Elizabeth Metts

ElizabethMettsElizabeth is a 2013 graduate of Princeton University, where she majored in art history and wrote her senior thesis on the community-based mural movement in the United States since 1930. Previously, she has interned with the Mayor’s Mural Crew in Boston and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. This past year, she taught 3rd and 4th grade at Community Day Arlington Elementary School, a turnaround charter school in Massachusetts. Currently, Elizabeth is working for a third time with No Longer Empty, a NYC-based public art nonprofit that seeks to make contemporary art more accessible through site-specific exhibitions and public programming. There she works for the Director of Education on educational programming and development. She also holds an internship with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, where she works in the Institutional Development department on grant prospect research, proposals, and reports. After graduating from the Arts Administration program, she hopes to pursue a career in arts education policy in D.C.

What attracted you to the Arts Administration Program at Teachers College, Columbia University? I was attracted to the ARAD Program at Teachers College because of various opportunities the program curriculum provides. TC’s partnerships with Columbia Business School and Columbia Law School have been invaluable to supplementing my arts administration courses at TC by providing me with additional perspectives and skills that I can use as an arts administrator after graduation.

How are your studies helping to advance your career goals? Given my interest in pursuing a career in arts education policy, being able to take classes in the Education Policy and Social Analysis department, as well as through the Center for Public Research and Leadership, have allowed me to write about arts advocacy and arts integration issues from a policy and legal standpoint, both of which I will need if I end up in D.C.

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