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From Peru to Chicago Meet Our New Intern

Why did you decide to intern at ElevArte?

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Art, as a means for development, first caught my eye when I taught a digital photography class. I could see first hand the positive influence art making could have on young people. Since then, I have been interested in change through art and how art can help people and communities grow.

I think ElevArte is an ideal place to take this interest further and learn everything there is to know on how art can be applied as a means of progress. I am Peruvian, born and raised, and I transferred to Chicago in 2011 for school. I'm very proud of my Latin inheritance and working in the Latino community in Pilsen allows me to help Latin American art and culture attain a louder voice.

What are your current responsibilities at the organization?

Currently, I help out with any chores necessary at the office. While on Mondays and Tuesdays, I am a teacher assistant for Meaghan Burritt in the Carnaval class.

How do you hope to impact the organization?

I hope to be able to bring in new ideas and help the organization reach its goals smoothly.

What's the most surprising thing you've learned about interning at an arts
organization?

So far, what has surprised me the most is the dedication of the workers in the
organization for its community. Working in a place where people are the main goal
differs a lot from a for-profit organization; there is a sense of solidarity not often
seen elsewhere, where everyone is involved in all the aspects of each project.

How do you hope working with the ElevArte staff will impact you?

I hope to learn how an arts organization works from the inside out because I would
like to someday be able to do something similar in Peru. Also, I hope to become part
of a community in this city, given that I haven't been able to relate to one since I
moved to Chicago.

What school do you go to and what is your major?

I have recently finished my second degree; I did my first BA in Peru in Audiovisual
Communications. Here in Chicago, I majored in Fine Arts at SAIC; developing an
interdisciplinary art practice with no specific area of concentration, trying to learn as
much as I could of every artistic discipline.

How have the arts impacted you?

I have always been involved in the arts, having explored not only the world of fine arts, but also of dance and music from a very young age. I was lucky enough to get the support I needed to do so, through school and after school classes. I always knew myself to be different, and the arts have continuously been my outlet which made me feel special. I didn't choose art as my first career because of the pressures many young people, and even more so Latin Americans, have on taking a more conservative path; however, in the end, I couldn't stay away from it. I hope that in the long run I can help demystify the art path through example and advice to those who are now in the shoes I once wore. Art is a way of life — a very tough and bumpy one — but it is a beautiful passionate life.

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