AG Making it Work: ArtsGreensboro Interns

Left to Right: Kerrington Palmer, Abbey Rark, and Andrew Marshall

Every semester, ArtsGreensboro is proud to work with students from local colleges and universities. Each student brings a valuable perspective to the team and helps propel the arts in Guilford County.

Kerrington Palmer, UNCG '23

Since childhood, dance has been so important to me. Between the competitions, recitals, and rehearsals, dance has continued to be a passion of mine! I started my dance training at eight years old at the Institute of Divine Arts and later at Dancer’s Edge, both in Winston-Salem, NC.

During college, I had the opportunity to be on UNCG’s dance team, the Spartan G’s. As a member and a captain of this team, I have been allowed to continue my dance training as well as grow my leadership skills. Being on this team and cheering on the Spartans has been the highlight of my college career.

Soon I will be graduating from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Bachelor of Arts in Arts Administration with a minor in Dance. Since I have been in college, I have seen my passion flourish into something that is unimaginable. I quickly realized I wanted to work with arts organizations to make other artists’ dreams come true.

Abbey Ruark, Elon '23

I was four years old when I taught myself to play “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” on my toy piano. When my mom heard me playing, she signed me up for piano lessons right away. I took those piano lessons for ten years. Going into high school, my journey as a musician transferred from my fingers to my voice. I frequently participated in music theatre and competed in singing competitions. I believe that music is who I am at my core. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that my birth verse, Ephesians 5:19, says, “Speak to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord.”

At Elon, I have continued my singing journey by joining my collegiate a cappella group, Vital Signs. We perform five times a year, compete in national a cappella competitions, and host a benefit concert raising money for the Make-A-Wish foundation. It is very fulfilling to make a difference in the world just by singing with my friends. I love spending my time with others who have the same love for music that I do. I hope that I can continue to share my talent and passion with the world after college.

Andrew Marshall, Elon '23

My name is Andrew Marshall. I am a student at Elon University studying Finance, and I am also a musician. Since the age of eight, I have participated in the arts. I have been in various groups, including chamber orchestras, quartets, and symphony orchestras. I took nine years of private lessons with the lovely and incredibly talented violinist Jean Wreidt. Ms. Wreidt played a large role in fostering my love of all things music.

In 2015, I went on a trip to Italy with Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestra, where we performed three concerts in Florence, Lucca, and Frascati. My love for music didn’t stop there; Along the way, I have picked up a few other instruments, including viola, piano, ukulele, and percussion. Music has always been an important part of my life, making my life early life a balancing act of athletics and music.

I look forward to the rest of my internship experience at Arts Greensboro.

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