Vermont Arts Council

Meet Our Summer Intern! Take Five with Zara Johnson

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Zara Johnson

Zara Johnson is a rising senior at Middlebury College and has joined the communications team at the Vermont Arts Council for an eight-week internship as a part of Middlebury’s MiddWorks for Vermont Summer Internship Program. At the Arts Council, Zara will be writing plenty of feature stories on artists, cultural events, and other happenings in Vermont’s creative sector. Originally from Kansas, Zara loves all things Vermont, especially the state’s vibrant arts and culture scene. We’ve got five questions for Zara!

Q. Your major is International and Global Studies with minor in History of Art and Museum Studies. How did you become interested in this course of study?

I’ve always been interested in the role that art plays in change-making by fostering communication and connection, be that between two people or between nations. I wanted to focus on the intersections between arts and policy, so I chose my areas of study to allow for that.

Q. What has been your favorite part of your college experience thus far?

For two years, I’ve had the pleasure of being on the organizing committee of Nocturne, Middlebury College’s annual nighttime arts festival. It has been such a rewarding experience to work with a team of incredible students and over 100 student artists to create the festival, which we put on each spring. Seeing our work culminate on the final night and watching the community enjoy it is always a wonderful feeling!

Q. What are you interested in pursuing after college?

I hope to continue exploring the arts world! I’m curious to work for either an NGO focused on arts access or education or in the museum sector. I find art functions as both a vehicle for and an expression of social change, and I would love to work for an organization helping to facilitate that.

Q. What are you most looking forward to during the internship?

I’m excited to explore new areas of Vermont while attending events and speaking with different creative people. This is my idea of a fun Sunday, so I’m thrilled to have the ability to do this in a larger capacity. I’m also looking forward to putting pen to paper outside of the classroom setting.

Q. Favorite art discipline?

Right now, I’m really into textiles— quilts, dyed silks, anything woven, you name it!