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Meet the Intern: Ana Beirne-Meyer

Meet the Intern: Ana Beirne-Meyer

This summer CUP was lucky to welcome Ana Beirne-Meyer as our Youth Education Intern. Ana spent the summer working with CUP programs at Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School and Red Hook Community Justice Center. We sat down with Ana to talk about her experience at CUP and what’s next for them!

1. Why were you interested in interning at CUP?

As someone who has always been interested in the intersection of art, design, and social change, I saw CUP’s internship as a perfect opportunity for me to continue exploring this intersection while creating meaningful work with youth in NYC. My prior work in various social justice-oriented spaces led me to find that there is an incredible abundance of opportunity that lies within the radical imagination of young people. Taking on a role with CUP meant that I was able to participate in the making of those spaces, where the creativity of youth is centered.

2. How has interning at CUP impacted your work and thinking moving forward?

My internship with CUP has allowed me to take a closer look at the processes behind collective artwork, as well as the administrative work that goes into youth arts education. Something exciting that I have found myself imagining is the possibility of new activities and projects to pursue with future youth groups, which are largely inspired by CUP’s teaching artists and participants I have worked alongside this summer! 

3. What was it like interning at CUP remotely? What advice would you give other people that need to collaborate remotely?

Despite the challenges that remote work can present to collaboration between coworkers, I found that maintaining communication and video calling allowed me to better navigate my internship at CUP. Video calls particularly gave me the time and space to talk through ideas and receive instant feedback from collaborators—they also expedite decision-making processes that might take more time over email!

4. What’s your favorite CUP memory?

One of my favorite CUP memories was at the Red Hook Community Justice Center with students investigating the impacts of marijuana legalization on their community. The students were shooting a fake cannabis commercial for their documentary and it was so fun to see everyone join together to direct the video. Everyone contributed so many fantastic ideas that we got to use in the making of the documentary, which made it all the more beautiful!

5. What are you looking forward to this year at college?

I look forward to continuing my youth work in Worcester, MA, where I mentor a group of teenage girls and facilitate discussions about topics ranging from female empowerment to sustainability in our neighborhoods. I also hope to learn more about community organizing and the creation of community spaces for collective action, particularly in urban settings! 

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