Students arrive tomorrow, and our staff could not be more excited to welcome them to the Sarah Lawrence Campus. This week, staff prepared the campus, practiced operational procedures and protocols, and spent time bonding in preparation for providing a transformational summer for all of our students. See you soon!
Pia started off her EXPLO journey at EXPLO at Wellesley, continued on to EXPLO at Yale, and is now back in action as a first-year staff member at EXPLO at Sarah Lawrence, where she's teaching the Intro to Architecture course and Cartooning and Comics elective, on top of being our Art Room Coordinator. A rising college senior focusing on environmental studies, studio art, and architecture, Pia is thrilled to be back at EXPLO and share her love of learning with our students.
While EXPLO staff and faculty await student arrivals, they get acquainted with one another through team-building exercises, like improv. This is an EXPLO tradition for staff members in which each group performs for 5-7 minutes.
EXPLO at Sarah Lawrence staff members have been busy this week as they've been participating in a number of different orientations focused on different aspects of the EXPLO experience. This afternoon, staff took part in Programming Orientation, discussing the creative and exciting evening events and activities that we have planned for this summer. We're looking forward to welcoming students to campus in just a few more days!
This is Lisa — well, her hands, anyway. She has been playing piano for 14 years and is extremely well-versed in music as well as musical theatre. She is also a composer and a member of the Staff Band here at EXPLO. But her talents don't stop there.
Lisa is also an incredibly talented oil painter. Check out one of her snowscapes:
She even directs films and edits sound and video.
Lisa graduated from SCAD, the Savannah College of Art and Design, with a degree in Film and Sound Design.
She learned a lot from her time in art school, but many life lessons have developed from her hobbies as well. Skydiving, she says, has taught her to tackle fears head-on.
"I went skydiving for the first time to get over my fear of airplanes. I'm terrified of turbulence and flying. So, I thought if I jumped out of one, that my fears would go away."
Unfortunately, that wasn't the case for Lisa. She is still very afraid of planes. But she discovered — through that fear and through being pushed out of her comfort zone — that she has a love for the freedom she feels after she jumps.
Lisa wants to get her skydiving license and keep learning how to jump in other areas of her life.
In her courses this summer at EXPLO, Lisa is most excited about engaging with the energy of the students and helping them to develop their talents.
"I remember myself when I was in high school and in theatre and acting programs, and I remember how passionate I was. I am so excited to meet the young artists and performers and help them grow."Lisa dreams of someday becoming a university professor of art where she can engage with this kind of passion every day.