An update from Rilee, a senior CCPA major:

This place is brilliant, absolutely the best experience of my college career thus far.

I had no intention earlier this year of coming to Taos, NM for summer school, but I am so happy that I decided to follow through with the idea.

I am currently interning for the Taos Center for the Arts (TCA), one of the oldest nonprofit organizations in New Mexico. Located across from the downtown Taos plaza, my nonprofit is in the heart of the historical arts district of this culturally diverse community. My job includes writing press releases, contacting editors of the region and improving their social networking sites.

My main project is to promote the TCA’s upcoming Quick Draw event. This event includes artists from around the region, and it is highly important that the community participates in this event for it to be successful. Each artist will produce a piece of art during Quick Draw; at the end of the event, each piece will be placed in an auction. The proceeds will go directly to the TCA and will be used to improve its role in the community.

I am so honored to be a part of something so special and impactful. I have made so many friends in just one week, and I have learned to appreciate other cultures. Coming to Taos has been an eye-opening experience and has allowed me to put classroom knowledge into action. I encourage anyone who has an interest in this program to take the opportunity.