Date: October 29, 2015

What It takes to Make It takes place during College and Career Readiness Awareness Month. The purpose of this panel of Arts Professionals is to give students an awareness of possible career pathways in the arts. The conversation is opened for students to ask their questions and in this way to learn about what preparation, experiences, and post secondary education it takes “to make it”.

On Thursday 10/29 as part of the HPS College and Career Readiness Month, 11th and 12th grade students at Kinsella Magnet School of Performing Arts had the opportunity to interact with local CT Arts Professionals during a panel discussion in the Kinsella Cafeteria. Panelists talked about their current career roles and the paths they took to get there to deepen the students’ awareness of what they can do now and in the future to create their own pathways to a career in the arts. There was lively, inspirational discussion when students asked questions and received sage and sometimes humorous answers about resiliency, endurance, patience and finding one’s unique path.
Panelists were:
Jackie Coleman, CSDE Director of Arts
Pamela Bramble- Painter and faculty at UCONN
Erin Frederick- Educational Outreach Consultant Hartford Stage
Michael Bradford- Award winning playwright
Jacques Lamarre -Marketing Coordinator at Twain House and playwright
Cynthia Meledez- Photography Instructor
Brenda D. Lopez-Associate Director of Education, The Bushnell

The students were rapt and amused.

Left to right, the group, who, through their words, gave the students an incredible gift of imperical knowledge, is Michael Bradford, Award winning playwright, Erin Frederick, Educational Outreach Consultant Hartford Stage, Shonnita Leslie, College/Career Specialist, Principal Ken O’Brien, India Monroe, Curriculum Specialist for ELA & the Arts, Jacques Lamarre, Marketing Coordinator at Twain House and playwright, Brenda D. Lopez-Associate Director of Education, The Bushnell, Joe Kopf, Assistant Principal, Cynthia Meledez, Photography Instructor, Tracy Kane, HPS Director of the Arts, Jackie Coleman, CSDE Director of Arts, and Pamela Bramble- Painter and faculty at UCONN.
For more information, please contact event organizer India Monroe, Curriculum Specialist for ELA & the Arts, Office of Academics at 860-695-8792