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February 18, 2011 / pcatcityartsri

sam’s bio!

  1. 1. Name:       Samantha Bergbauer
  2. 2. Year:        2012
  3. 3. Major/Minor: Public and Community Service Major, Business Studies Program
  4. 4. Hometown: Barrington, New Jersey
  5. 5. Photography experience: I’ve always enjoyed taking pictures but don’t really know how to properly do so.  I was in the Photography Club in high school but we just shared pictures and didn’t really learn anything.  I’m hoping to change that with this class!
  6. 6. What are your reasons for taking this class? Honestly, as soon as I read the description for this class, I knew I wanted to take it.  I love learning more about Providence and all the communities in this area and using photography as a means to do so sounded really cool! I also find photography really interesting and thought this combined two things I’m interested in really well!
  7. 7. Explain your idea of community: To me, community is having a feeling that I belong and a group of people I have some common interest with.  What I especially love about community is that you are not confined to just one community and can be part of many!
  8. 8. Who is your City Art Artist buddy? Odyssey
  9. 9. What is your service experience (scope of service experience): I’ve taken quite a few service learning classes since being at PC but even before that, service has always been part of my life.  I always volunteered with my family while I was growing up and it’s something that I honestly love to do! Since coming to Providence, I’ve worked with a lot of different groups of people but I’m really excited to be working with youth again!

10. Do you have any previous connection to South Providence community? For the past year, I had volunteered with Dorcas Place and was teaching ESL classes to local parents at Woods/Young Elementary School and working on organizing a Parent/Teacher Organization at Woods/Young, which is actually right down the street from CityArts!

11. What is your favorite part of the Providence (Providence College) Community? I really love that PC is so small because I feel like that gives everyone a really unique opportunity most don’t get in college to be familiar with many different groups on campus! I love the Public Service community that I’m part of but I also love that I’m not confined to that one group.  I also love that through my major, I’m able to submerge myself in the communities outside of PC.

12. What did you want to be when you grew up when you were your buddy’s age? I think at that point I actually wanted to be a chef.  I’ve always wanted my own restaurant but have put that on hold for the time being..

13. Did you ever take any art classes when you were younger? I’ve never taken any formal art classes, unfortunately.

14. Was there art in your school? We had “art” classes in grade school but it was basically just arts & crafts hour.  I had to take an art history class in high school, but no studio art was ever offered.

15. What is the place of art in a community? I think that in a lot of communities, art is a way for local artists to display their abilities to members of their community.  I think it is also a great way to emphasize different aspects of a community and even neighborhood history!

16. What is the place of art, specifically in your own community? Unfortunately, art basically means nothing in my community.  I’ve been more exposed to art while at PC than I ever have at home.  I think something like City Arts would be a really great organization to bring to my community because there is nothing even close in comparison to it in my area.


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