Katarina Wong is the ARAD Program Manager. She brings a wide-range of arts experience to the job, including teaching studio art at the University of Iowa and Sarah Lawrence College and launching her art consultancy MADE in 2014, which seeks to help new collectors discover emerging contemporary artists. Prior to MADE, Katarina was the director of community and curatorial engagement and in-house curator at Edelman, the global communications agency. In addition, Katarina is a practicing artist and Co-founder of the artist collective +1+1. She is also on the Advisory Board of NURTUREart, a Bushwick-based non-profit dedicated to supporting artists and public school art programs. She has an MFA from the University of Maryland, a Master of Theological Studies in Buddhism from the Harvard Divinity School, and Bachelor's degree from St. John's College, Annapolis, MD.
Alia Juman is an ARAD Office Assistant. Alia is pursuing an M.A. in Curriculum and Teaching with the intention of creating content and being an instructor in the fields of science and social emotional learning. Alia practices living mindfully and is committed to building inner character each day. She has experience in the non-profit education sector leading programs for young women of color around leadership, confidence and wellness. Alia dreams of being a motivational speaker and reaching large audiences to inspire others to live their best lives. Alia is a lover of the sunshine and enjoys being connected to nature. She grew up in South Florida climbing trees, playing with insects and gardening. Alia holds a B.S. in Biology and is a science worm at heart.
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Emma Howard comes to ARAD with a wide-ranging professional background and also a practicing artist. Most recently, she was a Community Cultural Associate at the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, working on the City’s first ever Cultural Plan and building community capacity in East Brooklyn. Prior to that, Emma was land use planner in Los Angeles where she also earned a certificate in Creative Placemaking. Her graduate studies at Clark University focused on issues affecting artists in the industrial areas of Providence, Rhode Island. As the internship coordinator she will apply her professional skills in resumes, cover letters, job hunting, project management, and internships to serving the ARAD cohort. Emma hopes that her work will ensure that every student and graduate of the program feels ready to take control of their internship and career.