Get to know Henry Morales, our Winter/Spring 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 working towards a degree in Urban Studies. A major that amuses many as I often get questioned on what exactly the field entails. And while the answer I often provide varies, the idea is that I have been able to work on a wide-range of subjects, such as how cities market themselves, working with organizations like the Make The Road New York, and community engagement. This has propelled me to work more in depth with an organization like that of the LP.
Do you have your own creative practice? If so, tell us more!
While I wouldn’t consider myself an individual with great artistic abilities, I do have some background in Graphic Design, as this was my elected “major” throughout my high school career. Being that I attended a vocational high school, I was able to maneuver through a series of Adobe Suite Programs up to learning how to code basic HTML.
Can you tell us about an artist or project that has inspired you?
An artist that has inspired me is Minerva Cuevas considering that her work is mostly contemporary combined with practices that relate back to social engagement. Her work has created an open dialogue between the mundane aspects of everyday life and our consumption practices. This kind of work helps you to reflect in the irony of life with a touch of humor.
What is your favorite… film?
One of my favorite movies has to be Taxi Driver, due to the depiction of New York City and the drama/action that it provides throughout the entire film.
Lady Gaga’s “The Fame”.
My favorite kinds of food have to be in the Mexican and Italian family. In regards to my favorite Mexican food, my first choice would be chicken enchiladas with green mole sauce, and in regards to my favorite dish in Italian cuisine, I usually opt for the gnocchi.
In your opinion, why does art matter?
In my opinion, art is of significance due to the power it has as a tool. How can that tool then be in turn used by people to empower themselves and others? In my opinion, it provides a framework in which anyone is allowed to sit at the table regardless of whether one has a taken a class in Art Theory or not. And while the Art community along with others such as in the preservation community are often deemed inaccessible and elitist, art as medium and a framework proves to be a useful tool in order to get a conversation started, which then in turn can create change.
Henry Morales is an Urban Studies student at the New School. He was born and raised in New York and has lived his entire life in the neighborhood of Woodside, Queens.