Our programs are made possible by dedicated interns, volunteers and mentors who give their time, enthusiasm, and creative talents to Oakwood Arts. As one-on-one mentors, they play a vital role in bringing our mission to life.
Fall/Spring 2018/2019 Interns, Mentors and volunteers
Kelly graduated from Mercyhurst University (Erie, PA) with a Bachelor's of Arts in Art Education and a minor in Art Therapy in 2017. She is currently a VCUarts graduate student in the Masters in Art Education program and will graduate May 2019. Kelly is passionate about service-learning, community, literacy, art, and education. She loves ceramics, 3D found-object sculpture, acrylic and watercolor painting, digital photography, textiles/fiber arts (weaving, crochet, embroidery,etc), and as well as graphic design.
Sam Page is a recent graduate of the Theatre for Social Change program at Emory and Henry College. His past experience includes interning for Project Real, Micah Program, and the SWVA 4H Educational Center and teaching at the SWVA 4H Educational Center, GATE, and Summer Camp on the Hill. Sam has taken an active role utilizing his background in theatre at Oakwood Arts. He assisted with props, set, and stage direction at Peter Paul Development Center’s Ms Sweet Lady Play, helped at the Binford Arts and Music Festival, and volunteered at the Richmond Night Market. Sam is joining the Oakwood Arts team as our Instructor in Residence this Fall!
Menley Hunt is currently a junior at VCUarts and is working toward a BFA in Sculpture with a double minor in Art History and Religious Studies. Her multi-disciplinary installation-based work often focuses on elements of family and spirituality. After graduating, Menley plans to pursue a career in Curation and Museum Studies. She spends her free time playing music, making art, and taking care of her cat.
Sara is a dedicated activist, honors student and Bonner Scholar studying Leadership at the University of Richmond. Her passion for social justice led her to found the Spiders Against Sexual Assault and Violence organization in 2016, which has promoted necessary changes to Title IX policy and survivor prevention and support resources at the University of Richmond. She is also an active volunteer with Safe Harbor Shelter, a local non-profit organization that empowers survivors of intimate partner violence and sexual assault in the city of Richmond. Sara has a passion for writing and inspiring change, and her commitment to social justice and building equity in the Richmond community makes her a wonderful addition to the Oakwood Arts team.
Jesslyn is beginning her sophomore year at VCUarts, double majoring in Cinema and Religious Studies. She mostly works as a freelance videographer and still photographer, while she also has experience on set working with film crews. In her free time, she works on side projects that reflect on womanhood, personal growth, and human relationships. Jesslyn's love for working with children and all things camera related makes her a great addition to the Oakwood Arts team. Jesslyn started volunteering with Oakwood Arts in the spring as a videographer shooting promotional material for SOLSTICE 2019 Summer Benefit Auction.
PAST Interns, Mentors and volunteers
Alli Madsen, Photographer
Christina Macaulay, Photographer
Noelle Manfredi, Animator
Giselle Matz, Graphic Designer
Nicole Michalek, Creative Advertising
Rehab Mohamed, Architect
Amanda O'Connell, Graphic Designer
Dylan Reddick, Writer
Brock Saunders, Photographer
Becca Schwartz, Photographer
Gabrielle Stadulis, Graphic Designer
Pearl Steinel, Photographer
Ceejay Renner-Thomas, Sculptor
Carolyn Todd, Photographer + Anthropologist
Jennifer VanSteenburgh, Photographer + Art Educator
Polina Vetsen, Graphic Designer
Katie Xie, Graphic Designer
Elson Bickford, Photographer
Wyatt Buescher, Photographer
Amarise Carreras, Photographer
Kathryn Carney, Art Historian
Doug Chen, IT Specialist
Alex Coyle, Camera Operator
Mitchell Craft, Animator
Scott Csoke, Photographer
Adam Dubrueler, Photographer
John DiJulio, Photographer
Emma Gould, Photographer
Haley Harrington, Photographer
Meg Harrington, Photographer
Porcelyn Headen, Photographer
Dominic Hernandez, Photographer
Charlotte Laurence, Photographer
János Leitner-Wise, Animator
Shannon Lowe, Photographer