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Kalamazoo College

Carlos Arellano

Studio Art

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Majors: Studio Art and Theatre

In 20 words or less, what is the best thing about being part of this department?
The best thing about being in my department is the creative support and direction provided by the professors.

What is your advice to first years and sophomores about getting connected to this department?
My biggest piece of advice to first years and sophomores about getting connected is to reach out if you have any questions to ensure you are taking advantage of all the resources provided.

What is the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
The most valuable thing I’ve learned at K is that if you think there is not a space here for you, then create that space; K is very supportive in helping students create their own spaces by providing them with all the resources necessary.

What has been your favorite class at K?  Why?
My favorite class at K has been “Sculpture: Object Investigation” because it was my first studio art course at K and it pushed me to become a studio art major.

How have you taken advantage of the open curriculum or experienced breadth in your education?
I have taken advantage of the open curriculum in my education by taking courses outside of my major, such as Critical Ethnic Studies. In doing so, I was able to apply different disciplines and ideologies into my own major and think about my creative work in a different way.

What experiential education opportunities have you participated in?
I was an Assistant Director for Frelon Dance Company as a sophomore and I will be a Director as a senior this year. As directors, we are responsible for planning and coordinating both the Fall and Spring Frelon Showcase. I have also been an intern in the advancement office of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, where I was responsible with helping coordinate both their member and community events.

What is your SIP?
I am doing a Theatre SIP where I will be designing costumes for Evita: The Musical. The SIP will include design research, illustration renderings, and will all be showcased in an online portfolio. 

What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
After K, I plan to work in the theatre world for a while, maybe as a costume designer. If possible, I will pursue a master’s degree in the future.

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