To increase arts career exploration for young people, Cool Culture partners each year with the CUNY Cultural Corps internship program for college students. Danyel, Jericee, and Jordan were matched with Cool Culture to help build capacity, gain insights into the nonprofit arts sector, and develop personal and professional skills. While they joined us only two months ago, each intern has already contributed significantly to data projects, creative art-making, policy research, and more. We are delighted to be a part of their journeys, and eager to apply their passion and talents to our program, development, and communications efforts. Welcome to the team!
Danyel Felder (she/her) is a senior at Hunter College, majoring in Media Studies and Studio Art and minoring in English. She interns with our communications team and supports social media and newsletter content by conducting museum exhibit research and creating graphics and animated clips. She enjoys making art and helping others, and feels Cool Culture is a great fit for combining both of her passions. “I love art because no matter what language you speak or your background, it can evoke a feeling in anyone, and anyone can do it,” shared Danyel. “I feel every child, teen, adult, and elder should be able to be creative and express themselves and have fun with art!”
Jericee Mitchell (she/her) brings experience in advocacy, community development, customer service, and sales from previous internships to her current role as development intern at Cool Culture. Her passion for social justice and expanding opportunities for communities with less resources is reflected in her personal and professional pathways. A Bronx native of Dominican and Trinidadian descent, Jericee will graduate this fall with an Associate in Arts from the College of Staten Island, and will pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Philosophy. She also plans to minor in African and African Diaspora Studies, Legal Studies, Business, and Criminology and Social Justice. Jericee’s purpose in life is to help and inspire others so they can live their lives to the fullest. She fulfills her purpose everyday by standing up for what she believes in and tackling the barriers that limit people from living an abundant and successful life.
Jordan Wharton (he/him) is an intern with our program team, working on a range of data-based and creative projects for educators and families in our community. He is a sophomore at New York City College of Technology and is majoring in business and technology of fashion. “As a kid who hasn’t had many opportunities to pursue my creative ideas and what I can offer to the world through art and fashion, I was immediately captivated by Cool Culture and their mission,” shared Jordan. “It’s been an honor to work alongside Cool Culture as a program intern knowing I can change that perspective for others like me, whilst getting the kind of insight and experience by working with the team here.”