Studio 345 Students Celebrate Park Journeys Trip


On November 18, 2014, Studio 345 students, parents and staff convened to celebrate the Studio’s partnership with Park Journeys, Inc. Park Journeys, Inc. is a youth development organization which seeks to educate, energize and empower urban and rural youth. Last summer, ten Studio 345 youth were selected to participate in a 16-week program which integrated exploration, wellness and civic engagement into a transformative journey. The three-piece journey began locally in Charlotte, when participants were charged with addressing a community-based need – youth homelessness. Participants made three trips to The Relatives – the only local organization focused on providing homeless youth with shelter and support services. The Studio 345 students worked together with Residents’ clients to plant shrubbery and trees, and paint a “Safe Place” mural. As the culmination of this civic engagement component, the group selected Justin Ratchford to travel to Washington, DC to advocate for the issue at a higher level. As the group’s delegate, he sought to find national support and solutions for youth homelessness in his local community. The final component of the program was the group’s


trip to Yellowstone National Park. The students were challenged physically and socially throughout the trip, as they embarked on strenuous hikes and participated in many team-building activities. Chaperone Emily Pfahl reflected, “The students worked together, worked through their differences and grew throughout the trip – they emerged more confident and ready to take on foreign places.” Tuesday’s celebration included reflections from students, a rap performance inspired by the trip, a video slideshow and gallery exhibit of student photography. The festivities ended on an exciting note with a grant announcement that will make this trip possible for m ore Studio 345 scholars.


Farming with Casey


Hi everyone! Though a big part of me still feels like I just started working at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, another part can’t figure out how everything has fit into the past 5 months.  I feel like I could spend a lifetime learning about all of the work Casey does, and still have barely scratched the surface!  Casey [...]

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Ecuador: Ama La Vida (Ecuador: Love Life)


At the beginning of August I moved to Quito, Ecuador to begin my fellowship with Timmy Global Health. Before I talk about my fellowship, here is some background information on the organization I am working with and how I became their fellow. About the organization: Timmy Global Health is a non-profit organization that expands access [...]

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Interdisciplinary Studies in Museums


This month, the Mint Museum will be hosting ArtFusion: NaNoWriMo Write-In. ArtFusions are monthly events geared toward young adults in the Charlotte area that unite art, culture, and community. These events serve as a fun way for adults to experience the museum and connect with the art. This ArtFusion corresponds with the Mint’s new special [...]

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Part of OC


Let me tell you the first few months at OrthoCarolina passed by in a blur. On one hand I was focused on adapting to the lifestyle of working from 8 to 5 and on the other I was trying to keep up with my med-school goals. It was harder than I expected to graduate from [...]

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Engaging ALL Audiences

In the art world, education not only means understanding the historical value of art, but also skills like critical thought, discussion, and even imagination and creativity. In my internship experiences that have led me to this position today, I have learned a lot about arts education and the value that is has in establishing well-rounded [...]

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Hope and Housing

DHC 4C Logo Blue Text

A large part of my job as the Management and Development Fellow is fundraising. Davidson Housing Coalition (DHC) has its two main fundraisers during the winter, before Christmas and for the Super Bowl. While planning for these fundraisers I noticed a trend. When in doubt about the name for a fundraiser, incorporate “Hope and Housing” [...]

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On Route to Munich

The Greek Fellows pose with our Arts & Culture Program Director, Susi Seidl-Fox (10/22/2014).

I am on route via train to Munich after a memorable, successful trip to Salzburg, Austria. My time in with the Salzburg Global Seminar staff in Salzburg was truly priceless on both professional and personal levels. Since my first week with Salzburg Global, I have consistently emailed, called, and Skyped with our staff “across the [...]

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Spiral Bound

Spiral Bound Key Premiere

Before starting my fellowship, I spent much of the summer wondering what exactly I would be doing as the “Cultural Education Special Projects Fellow” at ASC. Sure, my job description provided a glimpse of my daily responsibilities – “supports the ASC education team by providing logistical and managerial support in the area of special projects” [...]

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Reflections at Schloss Leopoldskron

The Schloss from across the lake (10/18/2014).

Since 1947, thousands of people have been invited to retreat at the Schloss Leopoldskron for Salzburg Global Seminar (SGS) programs. During their stay, our participants discuss large topics, forge new friendships with people around the world, and reflect on the work they have done and will do when they return home. Last week, I arrived in Salzburg, [...]

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