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I am honored to be nominated as a candidate for Emerging Professional Director. Having been introduced to CAA at the start of my graduate school education, membership has been a sustaining source of knowledge, professional growth, and collaboration. If selected, I will utilize the platform to assist in strengthening the commitment of the CAA mission for diverse practices and practitioners, as well as maintaining an international presence. Students and emerging professionals, as they continue to move the art world in dynamic directions, are a critical part of those commitments and vital to the growth of CAA. As someone whose educational pursuits include art practice, art history, and the philosophy of aesthetics I seek to continue and expand upon the efforts that make CAA the place where diverse, intersecting practices converge in a sustained global conversation. Additionally, previously serving on the Student and Emerging Professionals committee facilitated an understanding of the spaces where opportunities for growth and development can take place – particularly for undergraduate and graduate student membership.  

Now, more than ever, as global politics reflect isolationist worldviews and the creative arts are fighting to stay alive in colleges and universities, an international organization such as CAA is perfectly poised as the platform for arts professionals to come together for ongoing conversations, to strategize, and harness the collective power of the arts as an agent of change. If provided an opportunity to serve on the board as Emerging Professional Director I bring energy and excitement to build upon the work currently being executed at CAA that makes use of the technological innovations gained over the past two years that will ensure a variety of options for engagement throughout the year, and further aid in the democratization of access to scholarship and networking opportunities across practice and borders. 

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