ARAD Holiday Project Spreads Cheer to Two Arts Organizations

Last fall, the students in the Arts Administration Program’s Service Corp worked diligently to make our annual Holiday Service Project a success.

This year, the ARAD Service Corps included Sabrina Chen, Christine Chuang, Cornelia Clay, Lulu Feng, Richard Mayer, Isabella Rivera, and Monika Xu, who, with support from ARAD staff, Jessie Young and Katarina Wong, spearheaded a bake sale fundraiser. In addition, they organized the December Holiday Service Event, which brought students, staff, and faculty together for an evening of camaraderie as we assembled 45 gift bags for Art Start students and their families.

Through the ARAD Service Corps efforts, we received in-kind donations from Dunkin’ Donuts and Joe Coffee for a bake sale that raised $300, and a generous gift card from Fairway. The proceeds will support two non-profit arts organization: Art Start brings arts programming to at-risk youth. Art Start kids live in city shelters, on the streets, are involved in court cases, or surviving with parents in crisis; and Every Voice Choirs, which is housed here at TC and helps young people ages 7-16 discover their voices and share them with pride.

This was the second year that our Holiday Service Project was led by ARAD students. Through the Service Corps, students have the opportunity to manage a multi-faceted project, apply what they learned academically, and build their professional skills.

As first-year ARAD student Cornelia Clay noted, “By soliciting donations for the holiday service project, I was able to implement a concept from our Support Structures class, namely that it becomes simple to ask for support for a project when you can demonstrate the project’s impact, value, and importance—and even more so when you believe in those things yourself! Asking Fairway for a donation was a good start, because they had donated before. Their participation gave me more confidence to approach Joe Coffee for a donation of in-kinds goods to our bake sale. Expressing not only why the project was worthy of support but also my own enthusiasm for the potential impact of the proposed donations was effective, and we were delighted they decided to participate.”

ARAD extends its gratitude to our Service Corps members and acknowledges the hard work and creativity that made our project another success! For those who attended the event, donated, and/or supported our bake sale, thank you for helping us bring some holiday cheer to those in our community in need.

Check out some of the photos from the ARAD Holiday Service Event below.

 

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Microgrant Recipient: Student Advocates for the Arts and their contribution to the exhibition: “Where We’re From.”

 

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.”

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Fall 2019 ARAD Microgrant recipient Ulrike Figueroa-Vilchis shares her experience at the Third Cultural Policies Forum

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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.

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Student Spotlight on Tia Dorsey (ARAD ’20) and her show “Where We’re From”

Tia Dorsey, a second year MA Candidate in the Arts Administration Program at Teachers College, recently had an opening for her new show of photographic works titled Where We’re From. She took some time to chat with Jessie Young, ARAD Program Coordinator, and answered a few questions about this new body of work and how her experience at TC has shaped her as an artist.

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Student Spotlight: An interview with 2nd-year student Camille Weisgant on her internship at the Japan Society

Camille Weisgant (ARAD ’20) shares her summer internship experience at the Japan Society in New York City with Jessie Young, ARAD Program Coordinator.

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Camille Weisgant graduated from Bard College in 2015 with a degree in Theatre and Asian Studies. There, her thesis involved adapting a traditional Japanese Noh play for modern audiences. Most recently Camille worked for Etsy.com where she engaged with small-business owners daily to scale their businesses. In her graduate study, she looks forward to revisiting how performance and other arts can connect viewers with different cultures, as well as how she can better support up-and-coming creatives using both her artistic sensitivity and entrepreneurial knowledge.

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“We Are Citizens of the World:” Dael Orlandersmith on Racial Profiling in Theater

By Carolina Ide (ARAD ‘20)

Co-sponsored by the Arts Administration program at Teachers College and the School of the Arts Theatre Program at Columbia University, actress, playwright and poet Dael Orlandersmith recently presented new work. This was followed by a Q&A moderated by Lynn Nottage, Pulitzer-winner (Sweet, Ruined) and Associate Professor of Playwriting in the School of the Arts.

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An Interview with Professor Jennifer Lena on her new book, Entitled

Earlier this month, TC ARAD Associate Professor Jennifer C. Lena released her new book Entitled: Discriminating Tastes and the Expansion of the Arts. She answered a few questions about the work, with which we are thankful to share.

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Following Up with Spring 2019 Microgrant Winner, Gaosong Heu

Following Up with Spring 2019 Microgrant Winner, Gaosong Heu

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                                            (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.

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