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Episode 5: Breaking barriers between people and art

Jaelynn Walls (2021 cohort) opens up about their cautious optimism for the future of art education, turning passion to action, and more.
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In this episode of Imagine A World, Jaelynn Walls (2021 cohort) opens up about their cautious optimism for the future of art education, turning passion to action, and their number one piece of advice for anyone considering applying to Knight-Hennessy Scholars.

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Jaelynn Walls (2021 cohort), from Houston, Texas, is pursuing a PhD in art history at Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences. She graduated from the University of Houston with a bachelor’s degree in art history and minor in African American studies. Jaelynn aspires to increase accessibility to art and art education for marginalized communities through alternative and digital spaces. She has worked in curatorial and education positions with The Blanton Museum of Art, Sugar Hill Museum in Harlem, The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, and is the current Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.

She independently curates exhibitions across Texas centering marginalized artists and created and hosts Art in Color, an educational art history video series focused on increasing knowledge and resources related to the works and lives of contemporary artists of color.


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Imagine A World is hosted by Willie Thompson, left, and Taylor Goss, right.

Taylor Goss (2021 cohort), from Lacassine, Louisiana, is pursuing an MA in music, science, and technology and an MPP in public policy at Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences. He graduated with college honors from Louisiana State University with bachelor's degrees in music and entrepreneurship. Taylor aspires to connect musicians and policymakers, using the arts to communicate societal needs and provoke policy change.

Willie Thompson (2022 cohort), from Griffin, Georgia, is pursuing a master's degree in business administration at Stanford Graduate School of Business. He graduated summa cum laude from Morehouse College with a bachelor’s degree in economics and a minor in Chinese Studies. He intends to create and contribute to organizations using the arts as a conduit for community building and intercultural education.

Imagine A World's theme music was composed and recorded by Taylor Goss. The podcast was originally conceived and led by Briana Mullen (2020 cohort), Taylor Goss, and Willie Thompson, along with Daniel Gajardo (2020 cohort) and Jordan Conger (2020 cohort).

Special thanks to Sanaa AlamRachel DeschSydney Hunt, Chan LeemKara SchechtmanTakondwa Priscilla Semphere, and Rahul Thapa.

Knight-Hennessy scholars represent a vast array of cultures, perspectives, and experiences. While we as an organization are committed to elevating their voices, the views expressed are those of the scholars, and not necessarily those of KHS.

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