As members of the Teen Programs team at ArtsConnection, apprentices and interns gain a full view of a non-profit arts-in-education organization, with exposure to daily operations, program administration, event planning, and team meetings. The apprentices will also develop management skills as they work independently on projects and mentor interns. 

Rebecca Celenza | Exhibitions Intern 

I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in International Politics and Cultures and a minor in Sociology. I have a long-standing interest in the arts including painting, pottery, and photography. My journey with ArtsConnection started as a Teen Programs participant and deepened as an intern and assisting in other capacities. I am passionate about arts education, animal welfare, and sustainability.  

Jeremy Feliz | Exhibitions Apprentice 

I’m an aspiring artist living in New York. Generally, I work with digital illustration programs; as well as with pencil and watercolor paint. I’ve always enjoyed expanding my skills to keep on creating. What first drew me to art was the possibility of taking what I could see and putting it down on paper. Now it’s more about the freedom it gives to create things unique to me, taking not only what I see but what I feel into the paper; that brings me joy as nothing else can. Art has always been present in my life, now more than ever as I aim to make a profession of it rather than just a hobby. 

Maya Jacob | Curatorial Apprentice  

I am 21 years old, and I am from Queens Village, New York. I will be graduating from York College this May with my bachelor’s degree. I am majoring in Psychology and minoring in Special Education. I am interested in making arts and education programs more accessible for all students. Some of my hobbies include reading, hiking, and skateboarding. I love being outdoors in nature and spending time with friends. A fun fact about me is that I recently started playing tennis and my favorite color is blue. 

Ijenna Duruaku | Exhibitions intern  

I recently graduated from Borough of Manhattan Community College with an associate degree in liberal arts and I plan to continue my education to get a BA in Visual Arts and minoring in Music. My mother, seeing my natural gift at an early age, put me in arts programs at the Brooklyn Museum, and I have studied art ever since. My art was shown through ArtsConnection’s programs on multiple occasions. I have worked as a tattoo artist’s apprentice and as a teacher’s assistant. In my free time I enjoy watching cartoons and anime, going on walks and exploring the city, reading poetry and graphic novels, and drawing and sketching my imagination.    

Thank you to The LeRoy Neiman and Janet Byrne Neiman Foundation for their support of this program.