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Brianna used the Power of Experience Grant to fund additional expenses that are often associated with research and creative work. The grant provides all incoming Knox students with up to $2,000 to support a qualifying experiential learning opportunity.
Tell us about your research project.
I participated in an interdisciplinary poetry program called The Home School in Hudson, New York. It consisted of five workshops led by a group of poets and thinkers, each contributing exercises and texts to guide three hour-long discussions. In addition to the workshops, poet CAConrad led hour-long exercises and rituals in the morning.
For my research, I proposed to revisit the subject of my family's migration from Mississippi to Chicago in the mid 1940s. I focused on individual aspects of photographs I had taken the last time I visited Mississippi: from objects such as candles, chairs, and walking canes to scenery including forestry and houses. I aimed to deconstruct them in drawing and verse.
What was the most valuable thing you learned from the experience?
The most interchangeable knowledge I gleaned was the belief that creativity flourishes in various environments and temperaments. While each instructor brought out individual insights and developments, their approach to pedagogy and creative practice allowed me to explore creativity under multiple lenses.
How do you see it having an impact on your future plans?
I believe it will shape my post-Knox plans and my criteria for graduate programs. I hope to be surrounded by people equally as zealous about artmaking and writing. I also desire a graduate program with an interdisciplinary curriculum which embraces the arts and humanities and their ongoing discourse with other fields.
Why did you choose Knox?
I am a transfer student, so I come to Knox after studying sculpture for three years. Since the majority of my former degree program's curriculum consisted of fine arts credits, I rarely got the chance to take courses in other departments despite minoring in English. I desired a school that valued the importance of breadth in academic study, where I could be exposed to knowledge beyond contemporary art and art history.