An Interview with Tia Dorsey, ARAD’s new Social Coordinator

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Atiya Dorsey graduated from the Heavener School of Business at the University of Florida in 2017. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration (Marketing) with minors in Dance and Entrepreneurship. As an African American curator and photographer, Atiya’s work examines the lens through which we view black bodies in the artsespecially within dance and film. More specifically, she strives to create strong, visual images through black & white photography in order to address pertinent issues that are plaguing Black communities such as gentrification and displacement. Atiya looks forward to continuing this work in Washington, DC after graduating from Teachers College. 

What excites you most about this position? 

I am most excited to give students the resources to go out and explore different boroughs through art-related activities such as museum visits, gallery talks, or even dance performances. More importantly, I look forward to creating a space or platform through which students can unpack such explorations via the ARAD blog.


In your spare time, what do you like to do?

In my spare time I love to work on my photography. I often love shooting around my apartment because it is an easy and fun thing to do on the weekends. Given my apartment  building’s limitations, I have to be really creative with the ways in which I set up each photoshoot. I actually end up creating some of my best photos from the inside of my apartment, so it has been really fun experimenting with the space. 


 What is your favorite NYC cultural discovery/experience/hangout and why?

My favorite NYC cultural discovery has been the International Center for Photography (ICP) on Essex Street in Downtown Manhattan. This location of the ICP has just opened up, but it is already one of my favorite places to visit and learn about the work of other photographers. They also have amazing programming initiatives through which they offer a safe space for Black photographers and young creatives to discuss work. For example, this week they are hosting a talk-back for teens to discuss Tyler Mitchell’s exhibition at ICP called, I Can Make You Feel Good. His exhibition highlights the joy and happiness that is often overlooked in young, adolescent Black boys. Teens will not only be able to discuss the photography work amongst one another but also with Tyler himself as he will be in attendance. If you have time, definitely check it out!




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