Who is a STAC student?

STAC: Centre for Studies in Arts and Culture

Who is a STAC student?

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We talked to students and alumni to get an idea of what it means to be a student in the STAC program. 

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STAC graduate, Nathan Heuvingh (2011)

Nathan Heuvingh completed his four years of studies with STAC and  graduated with a Concentration in Curatorial Studies.  Between his third and fourth year of studies he worked in the offices of the St. Catharines and Area Arts Council thanks to Canada Summer Jobs.  Nathan also recently cohosted Culture Shock on CFBU 103.7, Wednesdays at 6 pm, with Essential Collective Theatre's Jason Cadieux.

where are you from?
I am from Innisfil, Ontario but not many people know where that is so I tend to go with Barrie, Ontario.

why did you come to study at Brock?
I originally intended on taking my Bachelor of Science in hopes of one day becoming a medical physician. Brock and St. Catharines offered a medium sized institution and community and this really appealed to me.  After realizing my passion for art and culture I explored alternative options and I came across the one of a kind and extremely diverse Studies in Arts and Culture program. I made the switch to STAC after my first year and I never looked back.

What is the best thing or experience that being a student at Brock offers you?
Brock offers you opportunity, options, a community and an atmosphere for growth. St. Catharines and Brock University are in a significant phase of growth and development, most noticeably for me in the area of art and culture. Being able to witness this growth and development, while also being involved and playing a role in it, has to be the most beneficial part of being a student at Brock. The ability to get to know professors, professionals and key community members on a personal level is something has helped to enhance my experience to a level I never would have imagined.

What's the best thing about arts and culture in Niagara?
The best thing about arts in culture in the Niagara region is the fact that it is flourishing with potential as well as both talented and creative like-minded people. Not only is the cultural community extremely welcoming, there are an abundance of opportunities to become involved. What sets Niagara apart from other regions is that it is full of potential, it is unique and it is accessible to anyone that wishes to be involved.

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STAC graduate, Jamie-Lee New (2009)

We recently caught up with grad Jamie-Lee New from the class of 2009. She is the Fundraising development co-ordinator at the Canadian Music Centre in Toronto.

Why did you choose Brock and STAC?
Before attending Brock, I had intended to go into interior design. After a year in college for an art and design portfolio-building program, I found out about Brock’s Studies in Arts and Culture program. I transferred to STAC and never looked back. I was intrigued by the variety of courses the program includes. I took visual arts classes, music, theatre, film, dance, communications, popular culture, and even classes in video art, creative writing and physical education.

What are you doing now?
I was lucky enough to get a position running the Muskoka Lakes Music Festival’s arts education program a month after my last year of classes ended, in May 2009. I remained as the arts education co-ordinator for a short time after my one-year contract was up, while also working at a high-end art gallery, until I decided to move back down to the city. Since then I’ve been working for the Canadian Music Centre in downtown Toronto doing fundraising and development.

What was the best thing or experience that being a student at Brock offered you?
My favourite part about Brock is the sense of community. Working  collaboratively with students within and outside of the arts, discussions in small seminars, large lecture halls and a great fitness and athletic community combined to create a fantastic learning and social experience. I will always be a Brock Badger.

What’s the best thing about working in arts and culture?
The passion, enthusiasm, excitement and creativity you find inside of everyone who works in the arts and culture. Work doesn’t feel like work when it’s your passion, and you won’t find more passion anywhere else than in the arts. Often arts and culture positions involve wearing many hats, no matter what your job title is. To me, there is no greater experience. There are also a lot of support and networking groups and councils, to help young and old come together in artistic collaboration, creating a tight-knit community.