Mia Kang, Communications & Marketing Associate
Describe what you do in your current position: I help get the word out about TBMS classes, events, and community programs. Usually, you can find me designing posters and flyers, updating our website and social media pages, or researching new ways to bring people to TBMS.
How long have you worked for Turtle Bay? How long in your current position? Since the spring of 2014!
Describe other work experience or education: In addition to my job at TBMS, I am the Development Associate for Dance Iquail, a socially engaged dance company based in Philadelphia. I’m also a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow at Hunter College, CUNY, where I’m finishing my B.A. in Art History after a long hiatus from school. In 2016-2017, my research centers on three key moments in the struggle for inclusivity at the Whitney Museum. In the past, I’ve worked with other arts and social justice organizations, including the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center and Nodutdol for Korean Community Development.
What is your favorite thing about Turtle Bay Music School? I am always grateful to work in a place founded on the idea that art and culture are a vital part of daily life, not a supplement to it!
What is your favorite Turtle Bay memory and/or event? I’m sure it is yet to come… No day here is uneventful.
Do you play any instruments? Describe any musical background you may want to share! I don’t play any instruments, but I am what I call a recovering dancer. George Balanchine said, “Dancing is music made visible… See the music, hear the dance.”
What is your favorite song and/or piece of music? Impossible.
Where are you from? I was born in Eugene, Oregon and grew up mostly in San Antonio, Texas.
Favorite color: Blue.
Favorite food: There is a great PR trick that goes like this: if you don’t like a question during an interview, answer a different question instead. For example – Ben Lerner and Louise Glück are two of my favorite writers.
Pets? Kids? Family members? I recently acquired some bromeliads.
Any other fun facts you’d like to include! I’m currently working on a poetry manuscript involving Rome, tentatively entitled All Empires Must. You can find details about my academic and creative work at www.miaadrikang.com.