Get to know Daria Harper, our Summer 2017 Development & Communications Intern:
So, what made you decide to intern with The LP? How does the internship relate to your studies?
I am currently studying Journalism + Design and Ethnicity & Race Studies at The New School. I am passionate about community organizing and felt as though my love for writing and communications would mesh well with the work and the mission of The LP. I am also greatly appreciative of the way that The LP engages with its 3 anchor neighborhoods.
Do you have your own creative practice? If so, tell us more!
I have danced ballet, modern, other forms since I was 9 years old! I’ve always loved dancing. I also like writing poetry and have recently performed in my first spoken word open mic, which was a blast.
Can you tell us about an artist or project that has inspired you?
An artist that has inspired me is Elise Peterson. I especially love her collage work, which often features photos of historical black figures edited with the art of classic and modern artists. My favorite piece by Peterson is called “Assata Shakur.”
What is your favorite… film?
Dreamgirls…I know every single word!
Songs in the Key of Life – Stevie Wonder
My Nana’s macaroni & cheese or her iced poundcake
Where do you do your laundry?
1st Ave Laundry Center on East 2nd St and 1st Ave
In your opinion, why does art matter?
I believe that art is essential to life. Whether creating or experiencing it, art offers one of the most powerful exchanges to be experienced by humans. Art often offers a more enriched understanding or interpretation of what our world looks like, and I think we need it to survive.
Daria Harper is a Junior Journalism + Design Student at The New School University that focuses primarily on identity and culture writing. Daria was born and raised in Dallas, TX and now lives in lower Manhattan.