Caitlin Green, ARAD ’19, graduated from Villanova University in 2011 where she majored in English. Shortly after graduating, she began working at the National Endowment for the Humanities first as an intern. She served as an assistant to NEH’s White House Liaison and Director of Congressional Affairs, and eventually worked exclusively on Congressional Affairs. Her work exposed her to a number of innovative arts organizations, which inspired her to pursue a career in the arts.
What attracted you to the Arts Administration Program at Teachers College, Columbia University?
When I first graduated from college, I envisioned a career in politics and government, but after working at NEH for a few years, I was drawn toward a career in the arts. I started looking for graduate programs that would give me foundational knowledge in management practices. I was particularly drawn to ARAD because of Teachers College’s emphasis on social justice. I appreciate too how the program marries theory and practice.
What are the three things you need to have on you at all times?
I actually like being as unencumbered as possible—I try to just leave my apartment with my keys, phone and wallet when I can. I feel like it frees me up to go wherever and explore.
Describe student life as a member of the ARAD community.
ARAD is very much a community—as I returned to school I was excited to become part of a community of passionate individuals with a wide variety of viewpoints and experiences. It is wonderful having a community of students to share ideas with and learn from. This semester is interesting as we move from having courses all together to courses where we are in smaller groups or with students from other programs. We are also lucky to have faculty who are excited to engage with us and share their experiences and insights with us.
Who are your three favorite artists, in any medium?
I am a book nerd and right now my favorite author is Marilynne Robinson. My mom and I saw an exhibition Glenn Ligon curated over the summer and it has stuck with me. As a result, I have been seeking out his work. And, I love Wendy Wasserstein plays.