Allison Z. Elkin


High School: Sanford H. Calhoun High School

Hometown: Merrick, NY

Major: Anthropology, with a minor in History of Art

Activities: Anthropology TA, Honor Board member, Tour Guide and Admissions Committee Representative, member of Lavender’s Blue (a cappella) and Shakespeare Performance Troupe

Interests: Gender studies, social justice, the arts, learning, reading

Internship: The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program

When I saw that the Hepburn Center was offering an opportunity to work with one of the most influential and interesting non-profit arts organizations in Philadelphia, I jumped at the chance.  The program is a perfect fit for me, as it exists at the intersection of my two academic interests – anthropology and art.  This summer, the Mural Arts program dedicated its 3,000th mural in the city, as well as continuing to provide arts education programs to children, work with prisoners and juvenile offenders on a variety of projects, and create more works of public art in Philadelphia.  As an intern there, I had the chance to become familiar with the inner workings of this complex organization.  I assisted with many different projects, including working with my supervisor throught the hiring process for an open position, creating a blog for an exhibition being held in the Thomas Eakins house, which is Mural Arts’ office and gallery space, and enrolling students in the Big Picture program, an art education program from children ages 10-18.  As a part of Big Picture, I also spent half of my days in a classroom, teaching twenty-two children about art and how murals are created in the community.  This experience was an incredible learning opportunity for me, as well as a very enjoyable position.  I participated in many interesting events, such as community paint days, and helped children who were interested in art have the chance to create and realize the potential power of art.  I am now considering public arts administration as a possible career path, and I am truly grateful for the opportunity to spend my summer working with such an important force in the Philadelphia art world.

Hepburn Center 2009 Summer Interns