Noah Charlick

Akonadi Foundation in Oakland, CA

Noah Charlick (class of 2022) is pursuing a major in Public Policy with minors in Global Health and Inequality Studies. Through his academic studies and research work at the Duke Center for Child and Family Policy, Noah has become passionate about social justice and examining public services and institutions to combat structural inequality. As a lifelong musician, the arts have also played an integral role in his life. Noah has played classical violin since the age of five and continues to produce music on the computer as a creative outlet. This summer, he is working on projects under social justice leader Lateefah Simon at the Akonadi Foundation, an organization committed to ending the criminalization of youth of color, grantmaking and investing in racial justice organizing and policy advocacy, and redesigning equitable systems. Noah hopes to incorporate his passion for the arts in contributing to Creatives in Place, a project through the Akonadi Foundation which supports community-based artistic leaders during times of pandemic-related gentrification and displacement as well as economic and racial disparity, to support them and uplift their voices to inform advocacy.2021.

Lizzy Kramer

Internship with Artist John Felix Arnold III in Durham, NC

Lizzy Kramer (class of 2022) is pursuing an interdepartmental major in Public Policy and Cultural Anthropology with a Human Rights Certificate. In her studies, she uses Anthropological lenses to investigate how human rights violations affect individuals and communities and how those narratives can be used to shape policy for a more equitable world. Working at the Nasher on campus, and taking time off in the fall to work as an assistant for local muralists, documentary artists and art gallery curators, she is curious about the role arts can play in this process of advocating for more equitable policies in our society.  This summer, she will work with an organization which designs and implements public art exhibits and installations that are grounded in themes of social justice and interventions in major cities in the US. She is excited to use this work to inform her thesis next year about the role of art movements in policy formation.2021.

Logan Welborn

Kivvit in Washington, D.C.

Logan Welborn (class of 2022) is pursuing a major in Public Policy, minor in Global Health, and certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Her interests lie at the intersection of advocacy and storytelling, and her passion for performance shines in her extracurricular activities. Logan is an executive member of Hoof ‘n’ Horn musical theater group, a signed artist with Small Town Records, an executive member of duARTS, and a vocalist in Out of the Blue A Capella Group. In her role as Co-Chair of Inclusion and Accessibility for Hoof ‘n’ Horn, Logan spearheaded Duke’s first ever sensory friendly performance, expanding theater to audiences with sensory stimulation difficulties. She hopes to bring light to underrepresented stories and diverse perspectives, particularly for persons with disabilities, and to make art more accessible for all. This summer, Logan will be working as a Public Affairs Trainee with Kivvit, a public relations agency that works with a variety of clients ranging from emerging politicians to renovated arts districts. Through this position, she will use her creative passions to compose tactical messaging plans, digital campaigns, and national advocacy initiatives.2021.

Andrew Witte

The Hungry River Collective in Durham, NC

Andrew Witte (class of 2022)  is double majoring in Public Policy and a unique interdepartmental major entitled “History & Curatorial Practice” which examines museum curation and how we perceive history. He is interested in how the arts can be a catalyst for social change as well as the role of historical research in activism. He is involved in the arts at Duke as an intern at the Nasher Museum of Art, a writing consultant at the Thompson Writing Program Writing Studio, and a DJ at WXDU Duke University Radio; additionally, he and a partner are currently developing a children’s book series with support from StudioDuke. This summer, he will be interning with The Hungry River Collective, a creative project & social justice initiative dedicated to bringing attention to the erased history of the people of North Carolina’s State Hospital for the Colored Insane (Goldsboro, NC), a community conserved through a unique collection of recently rediscovered photographs. He will be working closely with musician & project instigator Tift Merritt to research the policy implications of these photographs, find descendants, help develop an ideal “model of outreach” that centers radical empathy, and support creative endeavors.2021.

Multy Oliver

Hayti Heritage Center in Durham, NC.

Multy Oliver (class of 2021) is pursuing a major in Public Policy with a minor in Theater Studies and a Human Rights Certificate. Through her studies she has become passionate about the arts and arts education as a form of social change. She is involved in the arts at Duke as a member of Hoof ‘n’ Horn, the a cappella group Deja Blue and Me Too Monologues. Multy hopes to use what she has learned in her studies to create more opportunities for minority involvement in the arts and arts education. This summer, she is working with the Hayti Heritage Center in Durham, which focuses on preserving the cultural significance of the historically black Hayti district through community engagement and artistic programming.2020.

Dani Yan

MASSCreative in Boston, MA.

Dani Yan (class of 2022) is pursuing a double major in Public Policy and Art History. On campus, he is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of FORM Magazine, the Undergraduate Student Representative on the President’s Art Advisory Committee, a member of Nasher MUSE, and a Senator for Duke Student Government. He is interested in improving arts accessibility and education. After graduation, he wants to pursue a career in the art world. This summer, he is working with MASSCreative, an arts policy advocacy group based in Boston, MA. He will research and recommend policies to support the Massachusetts arts community’s recovery post-COVID.2020.

Brennan Zook

Triangle ArtWorks in Raleigh, NC

Brennan Zook (class of 2021) is a Public Policy major, Political Science minor, and Arts Innovation & Entrepreneurship Certificate recipient from Raleigh, North Carolina. Brennan is interested in the intersections of arts administration and policy, having discovered her passion for Arts Policy while interning with Theatre Communications Group, where she participated in federal arts advocacy and contributed to national research for the professional, nonprofit theatre field. As a longtime resident of the Triangle, Brennan is thrilled to be partnering this summer with Triangle ArtWorks, a nonprofit promoting the economic and social significance of the region’s arts sector through research, advocacy, and professional development. Outside of the classroom, she serves as President of Hoof ’n’ Horn, Duke’s student-run musical theatre organization.2020.

Shaina Lubliner

Tilted Windmills in New York, NY.

Shaina Lubliner (class of 2020) is pursuing a double major in Public Policy and Theater Studies. She is involved in several arts organizations on campus, including as the Program Director for the Project Arts pre-orientation program, and as a producer, director, and performer with Hoof 'n’ Horn, Duke’s student-run musical theater organization. After graduation, she wants to become an arts administrator, using her positive energy and leadership skills to make the arts a more inclusive and welcoming space for all.

This summer, she is working for Tilted Windmills Theatricals in New York, NY. Tilted Windmills seeks to create, develop, and produce unique theatrical productions. Their current productions include Puffs, Reefer Madness, and Frankie and Johnny.2019.

Selin Ozcelik

The Harmony Program in New York, NY.

Selin Ozcelik (class of 2020) is a Music and Public Policy double major. Originally from Turkey, Selin is deeply interested in the arts as a tool for social change. She began taking piano lessons at age six and continued her career as a pianist and French horn player through the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Pre-College division, California Youth Symphony, and now Duke University. On campus, Selin is a tour guide, resident assistant, and section leader in the marching band and the wind symphony. She recently became a conductor for Duke chamber ensembles and orchestras.

For her LAPI summer, Selin is working with the Harmony Program, which seeks to increase the accessibility of music education in New York City. Her interest in working with underrepresented groups in music grew after her experience tutoring young brass musicians at Kidznotes, a Durham-based El Sistema USA partner organization.2019.

Lenae Ryan

Gainesville for All, Gainesville, FL.

Lenae Ryan (class of 2020) is a Public Policy major with a Documentary Studies certificate from Gainesville, Florida. She completed the Border Crossings introductory course for SOL during the Spring of 2017 and participated in DukeEngage Cape Town. This summer, she will partner with the community organization Gainesville For All to document their solutions to the racial and economic inequities in Alachua County. Her goal is to produce digital and video content to further GNV4ALL's proposal for an Early Learning Center.2019.

Jason Fotso

Duke Performances in Durham, NC.
Project Theme: Programming, Publicity, and Community Engagement.2017.

Sarah Darwiche

DC Public Schools (DCPS) Inner Core Department in Washington, DC.
Project Theme: Researching Best Practices to Create a New DCPS Arts Curriculum.2016.

Austin Ruiz

Arena Stage Theatre in Washington, DC.
Project Theme: Development Fundraising and Donor Relations.2016.

Andrew Jacobs

United States Artists in Chicago, IL.
Project Theme: Philanthropy to Address Lack of Unrestricted Funding Available to Artists.2015.

Jalen Phillips

Hidden Voices in Chapel Hill, NC.
Project Theme: Hearing From Death Row Inmates to Gain Insight into Criminal Justice Reform.2015.

Kaley Deal

CasaTeatro El Poblado, Medellin, Colombia.
Project Theme: Community Development and Conflict Resolution through the Arts.2014.

Melanie Heredia

Free Arts NYC, New York City.
Project Theme: Arts Education and Event Management.2014.

Stephanie Chen

Point of View Program, PBS, New York City.
Project Theme: Role of Art in America’s Social Consciousness.2013.

Imran Hafiz

The Creator’s Project, Vice Media, New York City.
Project Theme: Artist Outreach.2013.

Drew Klingner

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York City.
Project Theme: Arts Management & Community Outreach.2013.

Betsy Santoyo

Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center, Arts & Business Council of New York, New York City.
Project Theme: Cultural Preservation.2013.

Nandini Srinivasan

MASSCreative, Boston, MA.
Project Theme: Arts Empowerment & Fundraising.2013.

Brian Contratto

Arts & Business Council of New York, New York City.
Project Theme: Arts Outreach & Creative Planning.2011.

Kait Glass

No Longer Empty, New York City.
Project Theme: Community Development.2011.

Kevin Obana

The Shelly & Donald Rubin Foundation, New York City.
Project Theme: Community Outreach.2011.

Emily Sloss

No Longer Empty, New York City.
Project Theme: Social Movements & Community Solidarity.2010.

Yishin Yang

National Kaohsiung University of Applied Sciences, Kaohsing, Taiwan.
Project Theme: Arts Education.2010.

Lauren Kahn

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York City.
Project Theme: Arts Fundraising.2010.

Karen Chen

Arts & Business Council of New York, New York City.
Project Theme: Arts Outreach.2009.

Alyssa Kuhn

The Brooklyn Arts Council, New York City.
Project Theme: Arts Management.2009.

Erika Manderschied

Shunpike, Seattle, WA.
Project Theme: Arts Education.2009.