ViVA Virtual Visiting Artists Announces Inaugural Interns
ViVA is pleased to announce two inaugural interns who will work alongside the organization’s staff and growing team of artists and educators. ViVA is a low-carbon nonprofit education and curatorial platform connecting internationally-recognized artists and projects emphasizing women, BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and social justice to diverse students, educators, and communities across all disciplines and ages.
Alasia Destine-DeFreece (She/Her)
Communications & Marketing Intern
Currently completing her B.A. in Modern Languages & Literatures from Kenyon College, Alasia will be working closely with ViVA staff in building its network of communications and messaging across multiple platforms.
Alasia studies Arabic and translation in relation to gender studies. With a passion for telling real stories via digital formats, she has taken a number of film classes in addition to her required Arabic, history, and sociology courses. Informed by her interests spanning anti-racism, postcolonialism, and intersectional feminism, her academic and career goals are highly influenced by social justice.
After four years, she is entering her final semester working at the Gund Gallery at Kenyon College where she currently holds the position of Digital Outreach Associate Leader specializing in video production and editing. Prior to this, she spent a summer co-curating “Alumnae: 50 Years,” a year-long exhibition highlighting alumnae artists in celebration of Kenyon College’s first class of women, and for two years worked as an Education & Visitor Experience Associate, giving her the opportunity to work with and give tours to groups of all ages. From 2017-2019 she served as an intern for the Midwest Region of the Association of Academic Museums and Galleries (AAMG), where she focused on developing and managing a contact database.
Post-graduation, Alasia hopes to continue working in the museum and gallery field with the goal of expanding traditional audiences to communities that aren’t typically afforded the privilege of enjoying museum and gallery spaces. She believes that, if used correctly, digital initiatives can bridge this gap and increase accessibility in the art world. At present, Alasia also works for Trouble, a brand that highlights women in leadership with the goal of donating 100% of the company’s profits to organizations that support gender equity.
Though she currently resides in Ohio, Alasia grew up in Providence, RI and Detroit, MI.
Zoë Fejeran (She/Her)
Education & Interpretation Intern
Currently earning her Masters in Art Education from the University of Texas at Austin, Zoë’s research centers equity, diversity, accessibility and inclusion in art museum education and programming. She received her B.A. in Art History with minors in both Anthropology and English from Western Washington University in 2017.
Zoë has co-created an extensive platform of digital educational content for both learners and instructors at two museums. As an education intern at UT Austin’s Visual Arts Center, Zoë wrote lesson plans utilizing past and current exhibitions held by the museum. Developing art making activities, completing artist research and providing accessible materials for learners underscores a key interest of hers: highlighting art museums, artists and collectives as contemporary sources of education and inquiry.
Furthering her knowledge of instructor resource design, Zoë spent the summer of 2021 as an education intern at the Museum of Northwest Art in La Conner, Washington. Working with existing content housed in the museum’s Lesson Plan Database, she revised dated proposals by integrating EDAI, BIPOC, and LGBTQ+ themes to create relevant and timely educational materials. Additionally, Zoë collaborated to design the first iteration of an Art Teacher’s Kit. Linking the museum’s permanent collection, Pacific Northwest artists and instruction, the kit seeks to foster continued museum and classroom partnerships.
Entering her final year of M.A. work, Zoë is compelled by social justice movements within and beyond the field of art education. Cognizant of her own positionalities, she is aware that those whose lived experiences echo her own have been historically marginalized or underrepresented within the field. She continuously attempts to navigate personal and professional spaces with compassion-and is so often humbled and motivated by the experiences of fellow colleagues, classmates and mentors.
After completing her studies Zoë will continue work in Art Education and Interpretation- rooted in the foundational belief that, regardless of the environment in which it exists, art offers an empathic means to navigate the spectrum of human similarity and difference.
Originally from a small town in Pacific Northwest Washington, Zoë currently resides in Austin, Texas.
ViVA welcomes these two accomplished and inspiring young women to the team!
For more information about ViVA or our growing intern program, please visit vivavirtualartists.org or contact Scott R. Baker at firstname.lastname@example.org.