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How Hunter’s Muse Scholars Spent Their Summer “Vacation”

Hunter is proud of its Muse Scholars, students selected for their talent and passionate interest in the arts.

Many Muse Scholars pursue summer internships, jobs in the arts, and other opportunities to participate in New York’s cultural life. Here’s how 11 Muse Scholars spent the summer of 2013:

Visual Arts

Gaspare Caruso served as an arts administrative intern for the New York Academy of Art in Tribeca. He worked with professional artists to organize an online library system and organize events, including art auctions. He also volunteered with Smack Mellon, a non-profit art gallery in DUMBO, assisting with its Sandy Relief Kentucky Derby art auction and a Summer Solstice event. 



Nelly Gordpour continued working as head photographer at Ziba Film in Long Island, where she began as an assistant several years ago. She photographed weddings, bar mitzvahs, and birthday parties. 





Julia Jong worked as a teaching assistant for the College Now Summer Art Program at York College. Her class gave high school students exposure to color theory and sculpture through the study of art history and studio projects. "When I was in the College Now art program two years ago, it was one of the major experiences that steered me towards a career in the arts. It was exciting to be given a chance to do the same for other students," she said. 




Joy Scanlon was as a casting intern at the fine-art photography house Ryan McGinley Studios. She worked with the photographer and scouted for "interesting faces," young people without modeling experience who fit the photographer's aesthetic. She also interned at Algus Greenspon, a gallery in the West Village that represents contemporary artists, and continues to hold a part-time position there. 



Carol Szwei interned with the concerts and touring team for Jazz at Lincoln Center. She helped catalog over 25,000 discs for the center's new CD library. With the job came wonderful perks, she said: "I am able attend rehearsals for upcoming concerts. Recently I was invited to observe the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, NY Philharmonic, and the Nighthawks Orchestra." 





Ruby Hutson-Ellenberg interned with the Mint Theater Co., a placement arranged by the Theatre Development Fund (TDF), one of Hunter's cultural partners. A creative writing major, she worked in production, gaining experience in Mint's office and on set with electricians, set constructionists, stage managers and the props master. "I learned a tremendous amount while increasing my passion for and knowledge of theatre," she said. 



Michael Petruso interned at Stageplays Theatre Co., assisting in the casting of readings and performances. He also reviewed new plays for production; scheduled readings, auditions, and performances; and gathered information about actors and  agencies. Attending regular meetings with the company director, he learned about Actors' Equity, talent scouting, and professional development in the theatre world.




Juella Baltonado performed for The Martina Arroyo Foundation Inc. as a chorus member in the production of Offenbach's Les Contes D'Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffman). "Not only was it an inside look on how professional theater is created, it was a chance to learn and connect with professionals who have worked on Broadway, at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and the like," she said. 





Jaime Jaget was a marketing/development intern at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, a West Village playhouse that produces works by emerging artists. She has gained experience selling tickets, developing target audiences, communicating with the public, reading grants, and researching new funding opportunities. She has also worked with the producer of Rattlestick's junior company. 




Government and Politics

Colleen Cash interned for the New York State Council on the Arts, assisting with several programs: Theatre, Special Arts Services, and the Regional Economic Development Council. She helped catalog new grant applications and analyze the financial health of arts organizations, and her success there earned her a place in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Executive Chamber Internship Program this fall. 



Archives and libraries

Julie Sorokurs worked in Archives & Special Collections at the Hunter College Library. Working under the tutelage of Professor Julio Hernandez-Delgado, she helped reorganize the entire Hunter College Concert Bureau Collection- a collection chronicling the 33-year history of the Hunter institution that preceded the Kaye Playhouse and was one of New York's leading venues for musical performances. 



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