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Kira Houston

Major: Art history and Spanish, minor in creative writing

Clark Days: Kira arrived at Clark determined to study art history. It was the Art, the Public, and Worcester’s Cultural Institutions course that cemented his interest in contemporary art. Connections between his majors and minor — such as memorization, analyzing literature and artworks, and using his creative mind — steered Kira to museum work. His senior thesis focused on the correspondence of artist Ray Johnson and his relationship with the Black Mountain College in Asheville, North Carolina. Kira has been traveling to North Carolina to conduct research for his thesis and work for the Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center. He also interned at the Worcester Art Museum and was involved with the Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ+ Youth.

Post-Commencement Plans: Kira will work as the outreach coordinator at the Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center. He will organize events, oversee interns, and coordinate with artists to gather materials about their work.

Observation: “What I’m most looking forward to about working at the Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center is supervising interns. I’m so passionate about the many ways that museum internships can contribute to career development and intellectual curiosity, for those who want to stay in the museum field or for anybody interested in arts, culture, and history.”