The E-dition

Humans of GA

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Maeve Diver ‘21

“In 8th grade, Beauty and the Beast was the first show I ever did, and I had the privilege of being Belle. To say the least, it was truly the most incredible experience for me. From the very beginning, it was just amazing to even get the part--to even know that I had a talent I wasn’t aware of when I was 14. The whole middle school musical experience was enlightening and amazing and it led me to where I am with Belfry now. The very first night I had so many nerves, but it helped lead me into high school and shape who I am. It was a new experience that I never thought I would be capable of doing, and I am so thankful for it. It changed how I view art and how I see my own talent, and let me realize that there’s a whole other element to my personality than just sports and athletics. So, let me tell you about my first night on stage: I was really nervous. I’ve always been a nervous person. I’ve never really liked being in the spotlight, you know I’m kind of short and on the sideline, and for a while I was really okay with that. But being on the stage for the first time, allowed me to find a new part of myself that now, GA, Belfry, and drama in general continue to shape. Once I stepped on stage, it was like I was a new person with a whole new confidence that I never knew I had before. Everything about my experiences in theatre were so enlightening and fun, and once I got into Belfry in the Upper School, I really got into musical theatre and discovered what I could do with my voice and acting. It’s just the most amazing thing to know that I have something in me that I never knew I had but is now such a big part of my life.”

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Paul Seggev

“For the past four years now, I’ve been involved in the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) Youth Council. In that Youth Council, we’ve created events and exhibits aimed towards teenagers because teenagers don’t often come to museums. But if I only talked about all the exhibits I’ve done for the whole interview that would just be showing off. So, going back a couple years to ninth grade, I had known about PAFA through involvement in summer art camps as a middle schooler and at those camps, I was told about the Youth Council program, and I didn’t want to do it. To me, it sounded like a group of highly artistic kids who knew everything there was to know about analyzing fine art, and that they would be ones making exhibits while I felt like I was going to be an outsider. So I didn’t want to do it, [but] my mom, as always, pressured me to do it, and so it was Wednesday after school early in my freshman year when I took the train downtown to PAFA. Once I got there, I did not see the group of people with their hair dyed fun colors who always had their sketchbooks out, it was a group of average people who were just as nervous as me, so we did some icebreakers. I got to know the group and a lot of the people there were also not confident in their artistic abilities, and, like me, were probably pressured into it. Soon we all got into the groove of it, and I began to realize that it was a really valuable experience. It’s a great thing to put on college resumes and it’s a fun experience to talk about, but it has also taught me a lot about the professional world, even outside of museums. I got the opportunity to work there over the summer there as a child educator and we would do outreach to recreation centers around Philadelphia. It was that experience that partially drove me to pursue Education as a career. As a closing statement, I’ll tell you this. One day we were driving back from outreach and we were passing by ‘The Art Museum,’ as people call it, and the PAFA Staff were angrily yelling ‘We’re an art museum too!’ I have worked at PAFA so long that now I get angry when people refer to [The Philadelphia Museum of Art] as ‘The Art Museum.’ So my wish is that I wish more people would call the Philadelphia Museum of Art the PMA because there are a lot of art museums in Philly.”