Greetings! I'm Amanda and I am here for the year to study for my Ed.M from Harvard's Graduate School of Education, the Arts In Education program. For the past 11 years I worked as a teaching artist, arts administrator, and performance maker/deviser/curator in Chicago.
What are your favorite pastimes?
"Taking my husband on self-guided walking tours of new places, dance parties with my friends, and eating french fries!"
If you could be a cartoon character, who would you be?
"I do not have a favorite cartoon character but I would choose to have a cartoon version of myself created by Maira Kalman."
You are trapped on an island. What three items do you want to have with you?
"My cat Abbies, my collection of art postcards, and an endless supply of drinkable water."
Do you have any uncommon talents or quirks?
"I am a performance artist - which is perceived as a quirk by many!"
What brings you to VSA?
"In Chicago, my administrative practice was always paired with my teaching practice. I wanted to find the right opportunity to keep connected to schools, teachers, and students while studying. VSA MA's inclusive, arts integration programming looked like the perfect opportunity to meet and work with amazing arts educators/administrators and learn from the programming they are implementing in Massachusetts schools. I am grateful to have been brought into this organization to compliment my time studying at Harvard."
What are you doing during your internship?
"I'm spending the year as a Teaching Artist Fellow! I'll be supporting COOL Schools programming by observing classroom sessions, assisting with coordination and documentation, and facilitating communication between VSA MA administrators and teaching artists, as well as teaching artists and teachers."