May 25, 2022
It’s almost summer which means we are welcoming a new summer student. Urvee is joining ArtStarts as a Communications and Events assistant for the next several months. She will expand the capacity of the communications department to make sure that our audiences know about all the great programming happening. She’ll also ensure our communications and programs are accessible. To get to know about Urvee, we asked her a few questions. Read on to learn more:
[Image description: Urvee wears a pink tanktop and black pants. Her hair is down. She is standing on a boardwalk with the beach, ocean, and horizon behind her.]
ArtStarts: Tell us a bit about yourself?
Urvee: Hello, my name is Urvee (she/her/hers) and I am a second-year student at the University of British Columbia with a major in Sociology and a minor in Law and Society. I am the Communications and Events Assistant at ArtStarts and I’m very excited to be a part of such a dynamic team and organization.
ArtStarts: What does your creative practice look like?
Urvee: I have been a dancer since the age of three and was involved in theatre throughout high school. I currently have partnered with an organization that provides services to people with mental and physical disabilities to teach a dance class in hopes to encourage equal opportunities and equity in the community.
ArtStarts: Where did art start for you?
Urvee: Although my parents were the ones who put me in dance at a young age, I grew to love being a dancer as it was a way to express myself and grow creatively. I have always felt connected to art and it is something I’ve always found very fun and impactful in my own life. Additionally I find myself bringing a creative perspective to all aspects of my life whether it be school, sports, leadership, or even everyday hobbies.
ArtStarts: Has your educational experience influenced your creative practice?
Urvee: I believe that being surrounded by the arts and having an arts education since a young age has allowed me to become more creative and open-minded in all my academic endeavors. Learning about topics such as intersectionality, inequality, and oppression through university while simultaneously being involved in the arts has allowed me to broaden my perspectives and understand the interconnectedness between arts and social justice. I have noticed however, that unless a student pursues an artistic endeavor as an extracurricular, they are unlikely to gain exposure through school and classes. I feel fortunate to have had the experience to try different art forms and styles as it now allows me to learn and grow both academically and personally through a more nuanced lens.
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