“In my artwork, subconsciously, I would put elements of wildlife and nature,” said Yen Chu, senior of WNMU.
Interweaving her artistic tendencies and her concern for the environment, she is now an intern at Gila Resources Information Project – managing their social media channels and helping to plan the group’s next Gila River Festival, among other tasks that range from designing marketing materials to designing organization of photo shoots.
“I never realized how much there is to do,” she said during her second week on the job. “Because it’s a non-profit organization, everything is really self-propelled. “
As an art major at WNMU, Yen noticed that many of her classes addressed environmental impacts on art, which led her to consider identity in relation to place. “When creating art, I used to be very focused on the network between people, but it has widened to how we relate to our surroundings as well as to others. “I want people to reconsider where they see themselves in the world and the environment and take responsibility for their actions and be more attentive to what they are doing and how it affects their environment,” he said. she said, noting that the theme of this year’s Gila River Festival – (Re) connect With the River – is similar to this.
This job and those she did on campus taught Yen to listen to people. “I really try to have a lot of conversations with the people around me and try to get a feel for how everything works so that I can learn. It really helped me and helped them. It is a really effective tool for deepening my own knowledge. It’s always handy to know a lot of things, ”she said.
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