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ALEXANDRA CUNNINGHAM
2010 Reynolds Scholar
Gallatin School of Individualized Study
Bachelor of Arts, May 2012
Art as a Weapon for Global Justice

                               Alexandra Cunningham is studying “Art as a Weapon for Global Justice” in the Gallatin
                               School of Individualized Study and pursuing a minor in economics in the College of Arts
                               and Sciences. She is focusing on exploring how visual arts and economics impact
                               social justice causes around the world.

                               Alexandra’s studies’ explore the effects that globalization, immigration, and conflict
                               has had on impoverished people across the globe. She looks for creative solutions to
                               the subject of poverty, which she sees as the root of many human rights abuses and
                               injustices facing the world today. While aid to these causes normally takes the
“curative” approach to the problem, Alexandra focuses her effort on the “preventative” approach. By focusing on
preventing the problem rather than alleviating it after symptoms show, she believes there will be a more rapid shift to
a just global society. Alexandra also believes that visual arts have a unique power in offering new perspectives on
situations and can open eyes to different cultures and peoples to foster the understanding needed in today’s global
society.

Alexandra is the founder of a non-profit organization called Art for Global Justice. Art for Global Justice seeks to use
the power of art to create social change both locally and globally. Youth workshops, art exhibits and an art exchange
program will facilitate this movement towards seeing other perspectives and creating justice. In Spring 2010, Art for
Global Justice received a $1,000 seed grant from the NYU Reynolds/Youth Venture Be a Changemaker Challenge.
(http://www.artforglobaljustice.org)

While living in Ghana in 2009, Alexandra worked with Global Goodness Inc. to start its first teaching program in
schools in Jamestown, a poor neighborhood in Accra, Ghana. The program incorporated art and literacy projects into
30-minute lessons once a week to four classes – impacting 230 children. While in Ghana, Alexandra became aware of
the need for growth in the business sector of developing countries. She is now exploring ways to work with multi-
national corporations so they can profit, but also begin to enforce just labor policies in their factories abroad, and
finding ways to work with and allow emerging countries to grow and profit. She hopes to use art to build bridges in
these economic endeavors.

Alexandra plans to travel to several different communities to better understand artistic and economic situations and
implement means to prevent further impoverished societies globally. In 2011, she plans to study in Havana, Cuba, and
research the ways that Cuban art, especially revolutionary images, have reflected and affected the social movements
in the country.




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ALEXANDRA CUNNINGHAM
EDUCATION
New York University, Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York, NY
Candidate for Bachelor of Arts, May 2012
Major: Art as a Weapon for Global Justice

New York University, Ghana Campus, Accra, Ghana
Fall 2009

HONORS/SCHOLARSHIPS/AWARDS
   NYU Reynolds Undergraduate Scholarship in Social Entrepreneurship, 2010
   NYU Reynolds/Youth Venture Be a Changemaker Challenge - $1,000 Seed Grant Recipient, 2010
   AP Scholar with Distinction, 2008
   EL Publishers Scholarship Finalist, 2007
   Wendy’s High School Heisman Finalist, 2007
   National Honor Society Member, 2007-2008
   California Scholarship Federation Member, 2005-2008
   Presidential Community Service Award, 2008
   Fine Arts Award, 2008
   Regent Gold Scholar Athlete, 2004-2008

VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE
Global Goodness, Jamestown, Accra, Ghana
Project Coordinator Intern, Sept. 2009 – Present
     Taught literacy and art courses weekly to over 230 students in Jamestown, Ghana
     Developed curriculum in pioneer semester of program
     Organized future structure for program through curriculum plans and recruitment
     Presented project to local companies and received donated teaching supplies
     Communicated with teachers, headmistresses, and community members
     Volunteered at partner organization: Jaynii Streetwise, Jamestown, Ghana
     Completed mural with children at Jaynii Streetwise using donations

The Dei Centre, Accra, Ghana
Volunteer, Sept. – Dec. 2009
     Coordinator for Nsoroma: The Legacy of Professor Joe Nkrumah Youth Day for 50 underprivileged children
         from Jamestown – included t-shirts, a guided tour of the gallery, face painting, a lecture by local,
         internationally-known artists, individual painting/collage projects, collaborative pieces, lunch, and dancing
     Participated in meetings for exhibit opening
     Collaborated with board members, Jaynii Streetwise organization, and New York University in Ghana
     Petitioned for in-kind donations from various local organizations
     Recruited guest lecture artists and volunteers
     Coordinated donated transportation for all children and volunteers
     Managed budget of funds donated by the World Bank to this project




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Art for Global Justice, Global
Coordinator and Founder, Oct. 2009 – Present
      Organized proposal for NYU Reynolds/Youth Venture Be A Changemaker Seed Grant
      Communicated with teammates and adult allies in Ghana, New York, and California
      Outlined plans, budget and resources for the project

Home Improvement for low Income Families, San Jose, CA
Leader of Service Project, May – Nov. 2007
     Performed over 250 hours of service to repair two homes in the San Jose community
     Raised over $8,000 in materials and donations from local businesses
     Organized volunteers, landscaped, painted, tiled, organized carpeting, etc.
     Sponsored by Habitat for Humanity, Silicon Valley

ABC No Rio, New York, NY
Zine Librarian, Jan. – May 2009, Jan. 2010 – Present
      Organized and inventoried zines in the library
      Represented library in Pratt documentary
      Ordered supplies
      Communicated with fellow volunteers and coordinators

Bowery Residence Committee, New York, NY
Food Service Volunteer, Sept. 2008 – May 2009
     Volunteered in the reception center and Palace in preparation and service of meals
     Provided company to homeless clients at meals
     Organized and cleaned kitchen and dining rooms
     Member of the NYU C-Team

Darfur Awareness Event, New York University, New York, NY
Coordinator, Apr. 2009
     Raised funds, organized, publicized, and held event in an NYU residence hall

St. Joseph’s Day Worker Center, San Jose, CA
Tutor, 2006 – 2008
      Tutored English to Immigrant Day workers
      One-on-one interaction as well as larger classes, basic to conversational levels
      Helped teach computer skills

Tenderloin Service Immersion Trip, San Francisco, CA
Volunteer, Apr. 2008
     Three-day volunteer trip with the St. Anthony’s Foundation, Glide Memorial Center, De Marillac Academy, and
         Tenderloin Community Park
     Volunteered through food service, senior citizen activities, etc.
     Learned about urban poverty first-hand

Roosevelt Roller Hockey Rink Mural, San Jose, CA
Volunteer, Apr. – Aug. 2008
     Painted a 50’ x 10’ mural at the hockey rink at Roosevelt Community Center



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Atria Chateau Gardens, San Jose, CA
Volunteer, 2007
      Coordinated activities for and provided companionship to elderly residents

InnVision Childcare, San Jose, CA
Volunteer, Aug. 2006
     One-week summer day care program leader, children ages 4-12

Pandori for Mayor Campaign
Volunteer, 2006
     Walked precincts, sharing information with residents at debates and town meetings, stuffing envelopes, and
         other miscellaneous volunteer work

Sacred Heart Community Service San Jose, CA
Volunteer, 2005 – 2007
     Various service events, food and clothing sorting

Bay Area Women’s Sports Initiative
Volunteer, 2006
     Worked in disadvantaged communities to get girls involved in sports after school
     Ran drills and organized games

Services for Brain Injury, San Jose, CA
Volunteer, 2004 – 2005
     Worked with adults affected by brain injuries through lessons, physical exercise, computer work, lunch, and
         games

WORK EXPERIENCE
Jumpstart for Young Children Inc., NYU branch, New York, NY
Corps Member, Sept. 2008 – May 2009, Jan. 2010 – Present
     Developed language, literacy, and social-emotional skills in preschool children
     Served low-income areas (Lower East Side Manhattan)
     Coordinated with teachers, site director, parents, and teammates
     Completed AmeriCorps Service Award
Program Coordinator of Music Day at Grand Street Settlement, Apr. 2009
     Organized team to create curriculum, supply list, volunteer roles, information sheets for parents, and goodie
        bags
     Collaborated with Jumpstart Volunteer Coordinator
     Executed event for over 100 preschoolers

Law Offices of Deok J. Kim, San Jose, CA
Office Assistant, May – Nov. 2007
      Immigration and Bankruptcy Law, primary assistant to attorney
      Filed papers at San Jose Family Court, San Jose Superior Court
      Answered phones, scheduled meetings, ran reception desk, and translated
              o All tasks bilingual: Spanish – English
      Filing, entering data, billing, etc.



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The Party Staff, San Jose, CA
Server, May – Aug. 2009, Dec. 2009 – Present
     Professional catering service for a wide range of events: weddings, business meetings, cultural events,
         company parties, etc.
     Examples of companies and organizations: Google, Ebay, History San Jose

De Anza Cupertino Aquatics, San Jose, CA
Swim Instructor, June – Aug. 2007
     Developed swimming skills for all levels: children ages 2 through 12
     Communicated with co-workers and children’s parents

Apple One Employment, San Jose, CA
Temporary Associate, May 2008 – Jan. 2009
     Temporary employment: placement
     Experience in the non-profit sector
            o Reception, concessions, etc.

Acrobat Staffing, San Jose, CA
Server, June – Aug. 2008 and 2009
     Professional and casual catering service
     Examples of organizations: Stanford University, San Jose State University

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
    Journal of Global Affairs Article, Oct. 2009
    NYU Intramural Basketball, Spring 2009
    NYU DC Day – lobbying for Federal Student Aid, Apr. 2009
    Academy of Art University– art classes, San Francisco, CA, Summer 2006
    Cuernavaca Immersion Trip, July 2005
    Art
    Piano, 12 years
    Varsity Basketball and Swimming, Notre Dame High School, San Jose, CA
    Recreational Roller Hockey, San Jose, CA And Brooklyn, NY

ART EXHIBITS
  NYU in Ghana Art Exhibit – Accra, Ghana, Dec. 2009
  Art Fair – Park Ave. San Jose, CA, July 2009
  Naglee Park Open Studios – San Jose, CA, June 2009
  Books Inc. – Solo Show, Mountain View, CA, Dec. 2008
  Chillin’ Productions 10th Anniversary Show – San Francisco, CA, Apr. 2008

SKILLS
Word, PowerPoint, basic Excel

LANGUAGES
Spanish (Conversational)

TRAVEL
Mexico, Ghana


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