Arts as a Catalyst of Social Change: an Interview with Yvonne Senouf

Be the Change
Be the Change an Inside Out Global Project. Photography Alex Kat

Yvonne Senouf (Class of 1991) has more than twenty years of experience in the art world, working in production, development, and communication. Venezuelan-born, Senouf has lived in France, Morocco, the U.S., Spain, and Greece. As a founder of Clinica Aesthetica, an experimental multidisciplinary space, she has produced more than twenty international projects. Currently based in Athens, Greece, Senouf is the co-founder and cultural producer of MELD, an interactive global art platform and collaborative catalyst that commissions, produces, and presents works of art on climate change. In 2015, MELD was nominated for the prestigious COAL Prize Art and Environment, which supports projects in contemporary art related to environmental concerns. ARAD sat down with Senouf recently to discuss ARAD, her current projects, and being an agent for social change.

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Student Spotlight: Megan Friel

Megan-9Megan Friel graduated with a degree in Art History from the University of California, Davis. Her lifelong interest in the arts, arts education, and access to public arts spaces has led her to a career exploring these arenas further. She’s held internships at the De Young Museum, the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts and Stern Grove Festival. Most recently, she has continued to pursue her interest in the arts through her work in major gifts for University of California, Berkeley’s Division of Arts & Humanities. Her objective is to work in development and arts policy, striving to make the experience of viewing and engaging with the arts more widely accessible. Continue reading “Student Spotlight: Megan Friel”

Student Spotlight: Melisa Sanyer

Headshot-Melisa SanyerMelisa Sanyer is a 2014 graduate of University of Virginia. She majored in Art History and Drama. She held internships with The Coca-Cola Company, Second Street Gallery, Ash Lawn Opera and Freeman`s Auctioneers. She is interested in how arts could solve political and diplomatic issues and problems among different countries. She is also interested in pursuing a career at an auction house or a corporate collection with a focus in art handling and curating. Continue reading “Student Spotlight: Melisa Sanyer”

Student Spotlight: Jennifer Patten

Jennifer Patten_IDPhotoJennifer Patten graduated from Boston College with a B.A. in English and Music. She also holds an M.M. from Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music. Prior to joining the Arts Administration program, she served in the pilot Rhode Island Teach for America Corps and was hired as the founding 7th grade humanities teacher at the Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts (TAPA) in Providence. Emerging as a teacher-leader, Jennifer led arts integration initiatives with fellow academic instructors and artists-in-residence, crafting the trajectory of the school’s curriculum. After two years in the classroom, she became the Director of Curriculum Integration, formalized the school’s approach to arts-integrated education, oversaw all curriculum development, and lead the school as a member of the administrative team. Continue reading “Student Spotlight: Jennifer Patten”

Student Spotlight: Brittany Locke

BrittanyLockeBrittany graduated from Brown University with a BA in the History of Art and Architecture. She then chose to pursue her Juris Doctorate degree at Boston College Law School, where she graduated this past spring. Looking to satisfy her creative interests while in law school, Brittany interned as a Rights and Permissions assistant at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and as a program manager for the Illuminations art exhibition program at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center. She also held multiple roles, including Studio Director, at The Academy of Artistic Performance Performing Arts School in Massachusetts. As a result of her experiences, Brittany is interested in the managerial side of both the visual and performing arts, as well as the role that art plays in comfort and healing. She sees an incredible crossover between her educational background and her artistic interests and is interested in pursuing the connection further. Continue reading “Student Spotlight: Brittany Locke”

Student Spotlight: Elizabeth Metts

ElizabethMettsElizabeth is a 2013 graduate of Princeton University, where she majored in art history and wrote her senior thesis on the community-based mural movement in the United States since 1930. Previously, she has interned with the Mayor’s Mural Crew in Boston and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. This past year, she taught 3rd and 4th grade at Community Day Arlington Elementary School, a turnaround charter school in Massachusetts. Currently, Elizabeth is working for a third time with No Longer Empty, a NYC-based public art nonprofit that seeks to make contemporary art more accessible through site-specific exhibitions and public programming. There she works for the Director of Education on educational programming and development. She also holds an internship with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, where she works in the Institutional Development department on grant prospect research, proposals, and reports. After graduating from the Arts Administration program, she hopes to pursue a career in arts education policy in D.C. Continue reading “Student Spotlight: Elizabeth Metts”

Student Spotlight: Sarah Zegree

SarahZegreeSarah Zegree graduated with honors from Western Michigan University in 2013, where she majored in Music Education. She has held several positions as an accompanist, music educator, piano teacher, arranger, audio engineer, and music director for schools, and will have two choral arrangements published this year. Sarah is a pianist and singer, and continues to freelance in New York City. Her ambition lies in domestic and international arts organizations and festivals, arts advocacy, and accessibility of arts education. Sarah is currently interning with Manhattan Concert Productions (concert and festivals) in development, and Music First (cloud-based Music Education software) as a content and lesson creator. Continue reading “Student Spotlight: Sarah Zegree”

Student Spotlight: Jessie Cappello

JessieCappelloJessie is a 2014 graduate of the University of Virginia where she majored in Art History and Economics. Last year she had the opportunity to intern at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C where she was a part of both the Education Department and the Special Events Department. While at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, she became interested in the intersection of art and education and hopes to broaden her knowledge of museum education and arts non-profit organizations. Though she has experience in arts education, she is eager to learn how the arts connect with other areas of the public sector- such as through marketing, public relations, development and event planning. Continue reading “Student Spotlight: Jessie Cappello”

Student Spotlight: Christina Daniels

ChristinaDanielsChristina graduated from of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Communications and History of Art. Before Columbia, she worked in fashion PR at several elite firms on brands like Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, and J. Crew. Most recently, Christina managed PR for The Standard Hotels in New York, Los Angeles, and Miami. She pursued the Arts Administration program at Teachers College to gain tools for a career in planning and programming in the music festival industry. Continue reading “Student Spotlight: Christina Daniels”

Student Spotlight: Michele Baer

MicheleBaerMichele is a multicultural dancer-choreographer, cultural advocate, researcher, and strategist. Her dance studies and performances have comprised of hiphop, house, West African (Guinea and Mali), Haitian, Afro-Brazilian and Afro-fusion dance traditions. Michele obtained her BA in Development Studies from Brown University, where she was a Teaching Assistant in the Mande/West African Dance Program and wrote an honors thesis in human rights and feminist theory. After graduation, she moved back home to the San Francisco Bay Area, where she expanded her dance studies, worked in human rights philanthropy, and interned with arts organizations. In New York City, Michele has completed internships in grantmaking, fundraising, and research; is a member of Dance/NYC’s Junior Committee; contributes to a young feminist giving circle; teaches seasonal dance workshops; and currently works as a Graduate Research Assistant. She is a member of the Class of 2015. Continue reading “Student Spotlight: Michele Baer”