How did you arrive at the Brookline Arts Center? What made you interested in joining the BAC as an intern?

Before the pandemic, I was an Assistant Teacher for BAC’s Artventures summer camp for three years, where I was able to form strong connections with the lead teachers and campers who came back year after year. Then, as a graduating senior at Simmons University, I began looking for a semester-long arts internship to fulfill my last Art History major requirements. Brookline Arts Center was the perfect opportunity for me! It’s been really fun learning about the more administrative aspects of the organization – exhibit installation has been my favorite!

Tell us about your background. How did you become interested in art?

I grew up in a very artistic household, both in artmaking and in art appreciation. My family values the importance of being creative and going to a variety of art museums. My mom is a fine art painter, and my earliest memories involve us working on all kinds of art projects together. To this day, we still enjoy bringing watercolor supplies to our local park and painting outside together. I actually wrote my college admissions essay about that tradition because of how important that time together is to me. Art history is also one of my personal interests because I love learning about how artists and art movements influence one another. It’s something that never fails to pull me in and keep me engaged to learn more. 

What passions do you bring to the BAC community?

I love to explore new spots around Boston with my friends, spend time with my family, go to concerts and museums, and read outside when it’s warm. My interest in the arts drives my passion for becoming a more cultured individual. I always come to the BAC ready to learn and assist in any way that I can.

What do you enjoy most about the BAC? What has brought you the most joy in this role?

I really enjoy working with the people of BAC. The office staff has welcomed me back, and it’s been great to become part of the team. I also value working with different teachers and learning about their approaches to teaching. As an intern this semester, I’ve learned to appreciate BAC’s role in the community, both as a space for art programs, but also as a way to connect with others in the local art scene. Assisting in the setup and facilitation of the Wearable Art Exhibition closing reception was definitely an insight into our impact in the community. I’m very fortunate to contribute to such an important organization.

What was your favorite childhood art project?

In middle school, we had a project in art class to paint a portrait of our pet or any animal we like, but depict them wearing human clothes. Naturally, I painted my cat Percy wearing a Red Sox uniform. My family still has it somewhere, and it’s still the silliest thing to me. I really appreciated my art classes throughout my school years because my art teachers always created such fun and engaging projects.

What kinds of art are you into right now?

I’m really into printmaking right now! At Simmons, I’m currently taking a printmaking class where I’ve learned about a variety of methods. The whole process of printmaking – from choosing an image, etching or carving out the plate, rolling on colors, then using the printmaking press – feels so fulfilling in the end. Plus, you can make a whole series using the same plate! Sometimes, I feel creatively stuck, but everyone in my class is very supportive and we learn from each other. 

What are three things that you would want the BAC community to know about you?

1) I’m studying to be an elementary teacher! My experience working with kids at BAC helped me determine that I would love to teach upper elementary students.

2) My favorite artists are Mary Cassatt, John Singer Sargent, Alex Katz, and David Hockney… and of course, my mom.

3) I’ll be an Assistant Teacher at BAC again this summer. I’m so excited to be back!