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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Student Advocates for the Arts experience at the National Arts Action Summit 2019

By Student Advocates for the Arts

With funding from the ARAD Spring 2019 Microgrant, Student Advocates for the Arts (SAA) recently participated in the National Arts Action Summit 2019, a two-day training and direct advocacy experience in Washington D.C. This conference consisted of a training session and a day of meetings in Congress.

On day one, attendants received an informational handbook containing the year’s talking points and useful facts and figures to build their advocating cases to members of Congress. This first day allowed us to delve deeper into some art issues that interested each of us personally through engaging breakout sessions.

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Interview with second-year student, Carolina Cambronero Varela

DSCN2759ARAD’s social media coordinator and first-year student, Mari Takeda, recently sat down with second-year student and president of Student Advocates for the Arts (SAA), Carolina Cambronero Varela, to talk about being a TC student, running SAA, and more.

Mari: What drew you to this program?

Carolina: Having the access to interdisciplinary resources in education, human rights, leadership, and peace education (to name a few) in conjunction with the dual (visual and performing) arts administration (ARAD) nature of the program. I came to ARAD with the question of how can the arts, particularly its transformative power, create social change? The opportunity of being in this program has provided insights into the importance for advocating that the arts are a human right. The arts change lives by providing freedom to thrive!

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