LACE Fellow Feature: Grace Oh
Jan 26, 2017 by Caroline Humphrey
Follow the journey of our Leadership and Community Engagement (LACE) Fellows in weekly blog posts throughout the year! Here they will share their experiences and the work they complete at main service sites. These main sites are non-profits in the Providence community where Fellows have chosen to complete 150 hours of service.
Grace Oh: providence Children's museum
Hello! My name is Grace Oh, and I am a sophomore in Industrial Design. I am a Leadership and Community Engagement (LACE) Fellow, as well as a Community Liaison (CL) at the Providence Children’s Museum.
The Providence Children’s Museum creates a space for children, students, and parents to learn through active play and hands-on exploration. As a CL, I promote collaboration between RISD and the museum through recruiting volunteers and work study students and coordinate events that involve the two communities. I also work as a Play guide at the museum and help out in the office both at RISD and PCM.
I choose the museum as my site because I was interested in the power of play in our daily lives. As I continue to work with many different groups of people at the museum, I pride myself in being an advocate of play for people of all ages and backgrounds. I believe that if different communities observe, explore, and collaborate with each other through play, then they can create stronger ties and learn together as a whole.
Both the CL position and LACE fellowship have allowed me to expand beyond my horizons at RISD and to have real time experiences with the local Providence community. As an art and design student I find these moments invaluable in informing my work. I hope to continue my work in the coming semester and invite you to look out for some pop up PCM at RISD events in the spring!