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Surviving in the Arts: CODA Fellows Travel to New York

Publication Date: 2/9/2011

(front to back) Meghan Wilcox, Cameron Boone, Annie Herman, Elle Linebarier, Rozie Schleinig, Genna Farr, Tommy Harless, and Kaleb Yaniger

Every year, Center for Outreach in the Development of the Arts (CODA) Fellows take a trip to explore the arts in places outside of Memphis. Seven fellows, accompanied by CODA Director Liz Daggett and the program’s Rhodes Student Associate, traveled to New York City in January to get a firsthand look at what it is like to live as an artist in New York City. The theme of the trip was “Surviving in the Arts.”

“We call these trips arts reconnaissance trips, because the purpose is to take in another city’s arts and culture,” says Daggett. “This year’s theme was appropriate because when you’re talking about a city like New York, the question on a lot of students’ minds is: ‘how feasible is it to live here?’”

Throughout the four days they were in the city, students visited the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, and smaller art galleries in Chelsea. In addition to visiting museums, students met with alumni who live in the area. Elizabeth Tyson ’02, a film producer and graduate of the art department at Rhodes, helped to arrange for students to meet with other alumni over dinner to discuss life in the city.

Daggett says that the interactions with Tyson and other alumni helped students to get an authentic impression of New York. “I think it was really good for the students to get a grasp of how it is when you move and how to find a place to live, but also to understand that it is not necessarily easy at first, but if you stick with it, you can make it.”

CODA Fellow Annie Herman ’14 who went on the trip, says that touring artists’ workspaces gave her insight into what it would be like to survive as an artist in New York. “I became greatly aware of the struggles and the effort needed to pursue a career in the arts,” says Herman. “Being an artist is more than just painting a picture and putting it on display for the world to see.”

(information compiled by Rhodes Student Associate Lucy Kellison ’13)

Pictured in front of the sign for “Memphis,” the Broadway musical playing in New York are: (back left) Tommy Harless, Rozie Schleinig, CODA RSAP Genna Farr, Kaleb Yaniger (front left) Annie Herman, Elle Linebarier, Meghan Wilcox, and Cameron Boone. Photo by Liz Daggett

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