Stephanie Radke, a native of Washington DC is a rising senior at Wellesley College where she is majoring in English. She is passionate about politics, literature, and the arts. She is loving her summer in NYC working at Urban Arts. In her free time, she can be found waiting in line for rush tickets, visiting museums, or sampling as many new rester aunts as possible.
What attracted you to EASE?
As a kid I was fortunate enough to attend an elementary school with a great arts program. My love of the arts continued throughout high school and into college. When I was considering internships for the summer I knew I wanted to intern at a nonprofit that provided kids with exposure to the arts. Urban Arts Partnership seemed like it would be a good fit. When I found out about the EASE program, that sealed the deal. As a person with a disability, I am always interested in seeing the ways in which special education has evolved since I was last involved with it. I was extremely interested in how the EASE curriculum combined the goals of a special education curriculum within the structure of an arts curriculum.
What is your favorite experience so far?
My favorite experience so far was probably my first day on the job. I got to travel out to a school in Brooklyn to observe an EASE workshop for paraprofessionals It was my first time traveling to an outer borough and my first time seeing EASE in action. It was a bit like jumping into the deep end of a pool and being asked to swim, but it was a great learning experience.
What do you hope to learn in your time at EASE/UAP?
During my time at EASE I hope to learn as much as possible about how a non profit organization operates. I am particularly excited to be involved in helping at the EASE Summer Institute in early August. I’ve never been involved with an event as large as the Institute and I’ve definitely come to realize just how much work goes into making sure the event goes smoothly.