Executive Director, October 2019

Brooks photoThe start of the school year is one of my favorite times of the year. The energy and buzz, the excitement, and the anticipation of a fresh start. Of course, we all love the summer. And this summer, I had the pleasure of witnessing my first full summer workshop. I am thankful to the tremendous faculty and staff, who work tirelessly to support our students.

Our Interns and Associates are inspiring. After observing your growth throughout the workshop as well as the advising process, we are all rooting for you.

Another reason why I love the new school year is that it allows us to reflect on our past learnings, and put them immediately into action. These are lessons for all of us. As a staff, we are excited to support 130+ Scholars in their graduate admissions process. Further, we are grateful for our alumni, and we are preparing to launch an alumni networking site this fall.

As we reflect on our previous year, we look forward to our new class. We are excited by your ideas and dedication throughout this process. I am eager to continue to meet all of you and to continue to support the IRT. Together, we can work to ensure that this new school year will be a great one.

 

In Partnership with The University of New Hampshire

Over the past two years, the IRT has partnered with the University of New Hampshire’s (UNH) Social Innovation Internship Program. The program places students who are passionate, impact-focused and looking to pursue careers with a social mission. The IRT has had two amazing UNH students work at the IRT office during the past two years at the Summer Workshop. The partnership was initiated by IRT Arts & Sciences Specialist and UNH alum, Brittany Zorn, IRT ’13. Brittany mentors each UNH student during their time with the IRT.

We are excited to share and thank the students at UNH who have contributed their thoughts and experiences on their time with the IRT in this two-part special blog post.

Social Innovation Internship 2018
Juliana Good
Juliana presents and shares her IRT experience at UNH’s Social Innovation Internship Showcase in the video and in her written commentary below.

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Phillips Academy Honors Steve Frank’s Service to IRT

Stephen H. Frank ’81, P’09

On Saturday, September 21, Steve Frank ’81, P’09 was awarded Andover’s Distinguished Service Award.  Presented annually by decision of the Academy Resources Committee of the Board of Trustees, this award honors volunteers whose services to Andover have been distinguished by commitment, uniqueness, and effectiveness. Their efforts on behalf of their school provide an inspiring example of all Andover volunteers.

Deeply involved as a fundraiser and leader of the IRT nearly since its inception, Steve was the inaugural chair of the IRT Advisory Board, which he led from 2005 to 2014. He formalized the group’s responsibilities, created productive subcommittees, and oversaw the seamless transition from Executive Director Kelly Wise, the IRT’s founder, to successor Asabe Poloma. He also addressed board issues around governance, financial stability, organizational structure, and leadership; established and led an executive committee; initiated resolutions around board terms and annual financial support; and participated in national searches for the IRT director and executive director.

We at the IRT are incredibly grateful for Steve’s myriad contributions to the program and thrilled to see him honored in this remarkable way. Thank you and congratulations, Steve!

Kéla Jackson, IRT ’18: A Journey to Becoming an Art Historian

Who are you?
Even as a child my most notable quality was my curiosity. Every adult I encountered had to entertain a litany of questions that all stemmed from my greatest question, why? I could go on forever and I truly appreciate their patience in trying to satisfy what seemed to be an insatiable desire to know more. This curiosity led me to spend copious amounts of time reading, writing, and being alone with my thoughts. It was not until college that I realized many of my whys could be answered in images. Art helped me make sense of the world around me and led me not just to answers but helped me
see what questions the perceived answers were hiding.

My journey to becoming an art historian is relatively nascent. I discovered the world of art history as a freshman at Spelman College. I was completely in awe of the possibilities the field offered me and the sheer need for diversity that I knew this was my calling. From fellowships, to museum positions, to my first year of graduate school, I found a path that is fully my own. Like many people, I have had my doubts and uncertainty, but I came to understand that the spaces I enter are mine to claim.
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New Online IRT Alumni Network Set to Launch later this Fall

The IRT is excited to announce the development of an online IRT alumni network planned to launch later this fall. We have collaborated with Almabase to create this new initiative providing an online network to help IRT alumni connect with each other and with the IRT. We hope it will be used and a resource for news, professional and mentoring opportunities, and much more. Stay tuned for details on the launch of this exciting new IRT initiative!

“We are thrilled that the IRT will be able to provide a platform where our current students and alumni can connect around research, professional development, and mentorship.”

Kate Slater, Associate Director & Manager of Programs, IRT