Love Lee

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University of Pittsburgh | Bradford

Heinz Programming Area:
Arts and Culture
International Experience Summary:

Love Lee spent six weeks of her summer interning for a non-profit organization in Dublin, Ireland. The Pivotal Arts Studio hosted her internship, where she acted as both a participant and an employee in a current project which collaborates with the historical Chester Beatty Library, located in the heart of Dublin. The Young Curators Program presented the studies and photography of John Thomson and used his work as a springboard for participants of the program to go into the city of Dublin to create their own works. During the length of the program, Love professionally recorded the workshops in its entirety and also produced a portfolio of her own that will be displayed in the Chester Beatty Library in its upcoming exhibition. The photos show some of the participants of the program in their last days of the program’s collaborative workshops. In part of the Young Curators Program, Love also created a blog to document her progress during her time in the program. During her weekends, Love took advantage of her free time by traveling to other destinations in Ireland, such as Belfast and Galway. She was exposed to the different lifestyles of both Northern and Western Ireland which are vastly different, based on her every day experiences in the city of Dublin. Also, while staying in Dublin, Love was involved in traditional Irish dance workshops and showcases and she volunteered for various summer festivals such as the Street Performers Festival in Dublin. In addition, she participated in an internship forum class that served as a support system for those interning abroad.

Community Engagement Experience Summary:

CEE Title: Women for Women

For her CEE, Love created Women for Women, a three-month project involving active participation from the Bradford community. Love and her team visited Bradford Area High School to give a presentation on diversity and culture. The UPB team then asked the students to create a design symbolic of their own diversity and culture. Upon completion, Love and her team constructed a diversity quilt using their own designs and those of the students. They also put together a short documentary of the project and displayed the quilt and video at the cultural festival on campus in February and also at the Vira I. Heinz luncheon in March. Once the quilt is sold, the money earned will go to Kiva, a non-profit organization that provides micro-loan funding to those in need in other countries.