Ulrike Figueroa Vilchis (ARAD 2020) is a Fulbright-García Robles and Conacyt-Finba grantee. She earned her BA in Art History from Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. She began her career in the arts as Intern Coordinator in the Education Department of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, collaborating closely with the Registrar, Conservation, Special Events and Development departments. At the PGC, Ulrike led over 380 international interns. Upon her return to Mexico, Ulrike joined the Ministry of Culture where she was commissioned to the Technical Cabinet of the Presidency to work on special projects curating temporary exhibitions, researching archives and developing content for publications. Her passion for the arts has led Ulrike to diversify her experience organizing experimental dining events with Kitchen Theory, launching an art and lifestyle magazine, a Mexican culture blog, leading tours and educational workshops. Her ambition lies in strengthening and expanding the Mexican arts and culture sector through strategy, and advocating for favorable public policies to encourage social development through the arts.
During her time in ARAD, Ulrike interned at Art in General and MoMA, was Programming Co-Chair of Student Advocates for the Arts, received a TC Student Leadership Grant and ARAD microgrant for professional development.
For the past five years, Student Advocates for the Arts has attended the nation’s largest arts advocacy event: the National Arts Action Summit and Arts Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C. This year, one of the largest SAA groups, composed of eleven members from across the Arts and Humanities department, was due to attend the summit from March 28-31.
To support our participation, we received an ARAD microgrant for our registration fees and accomodation in Washington D.C. We are grateful for the program’s support of our members, many of whom would not have been able to participate in the planned summit without these funds. Early in March, however, the COVID-19 crisis changed our plans.
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 arts—especially 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. Continue reading “An Interview with Tia Dorsey, ARAD’s new Social Coordinator”→
Student Advocates for the Arts, in collaboration with the ARAD program, Gottesman Libraries, the Office of Diversity and Community Affairs, the Chinese Calligraphy Club, Nayion Design, and Dorsey Photos, hosted the opening reception of the Offit Gallery exhibition: “Where We’re From.”
This Fall I had the honor to be an ARAD microgrant recipient for professional development. The grant helped me travel to Mexico where I presented in the Third Cultural Policies Forum organized by the Arts and Culture Observatory sponsored by my alma mater Universidad Iberoamericana and the Spanish Embassy in Mexico.
Second year MA student Sarah Lamade (ARAD ’20) at the Teachers College (TC), Columbia University received a microgrant this past summer. She attended the All-India Museum Summit in 2019. Sarah shares her experience with us here:
Above: Sarah Lamade, this past summer in India.
I would first like to thank the ARAD department for granting me my second microgrant for professional development. I am grateful for this experience, and the juxtaposition between this conference and the conference I attended last year. I start with this not only out of gratitude, but also to position the conference I attended with this grant in stark contrast to the conference I attended with the microgrant I received last fall. This July, while I was conducting research in India for my Master’s Capstone Project, I attended the All-India Museums Summit 2019: India’s Museums in the New Millennium, held in New Delhi. Sponsored by the American Institute for Indian Studies and the United States Embassy, in partnership with the Indian Ministry of Culture, the conference was overwhelming guided by the bureaucratic structures of government institutions. On the other hand, CULTURE/SHIFT, the biennial conference of the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture, a grassroots activist organization, was participative, inclusive, and welcoming. While CULTURE/SHIFT centered around collaborative problem-solving, the Museum Summit centered around top-down sharing of best practices from already well-known success stories.
This summer, 2nd-year student and ARAD Social Media Coordinator Mari Takeda (ARAD ‘20) interned at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. as the Corporate and Foundations Relations Intern. In this #ARADInternshipSpotlight, Mari shares her thoughts and experiences at the Kennedy Center.
This summer, rising second-year student Megan Zhang (TC ARAD 2020), is interning at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute as the Artist Training Programs Intern and working with the three youth ensembles: National Youth Orchestra – USA, NYO2, and NYO Jazz.
Following Up with Spring 2019 Microgrant Winner, Gaosong Heu
(Gaosong Heu taking notes during her layover in Portland, OR).
Gaosong Heu is a Hmong American performance artist, published writer, arts educator, arts administrator and scholar of Hmong performance practices. She is a second year Master’s student in the Arts Administration (ARAD) program at Teachers College (TC), Columbia University. Her current studies are primarily focused on diversity within leadership, programming and evaluation in arts organizations. Gaosong’s work and career aspirations are informed by her passion for the arts, equity, access and social justice. In the future, she hopes to go back to get her Ph.D in Anthropology, American Studies, Feminist Studies or Music Ethnography with a focus on Hmong-American performance practices.
We’ve asked ARAD students to share more about their academic work with us. Sadie Yanckello, ARAD ’20 volunteered to discuss a paper she wrote for Arts In Context, taught by Dr. Jennifer Lena in the Fall 2018 semester.