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Kayla DeSouza

Kayla DeSouza

BM in Jazz Studies (Voice), University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Experience: Development and Marketing Intern at ChiArts, Public Engagement Intern at U of I School of Music, Membership and Events Intern at Chicago Loop Alliance.

Areas of Interest: Music, Performing arts, Arts/music festivals, Nonprofit work, Entrepreneurship

Ideal Job in 10 Years: Executive Director at a non profit organization that bring arts and cultural programs or facilities to the south side of Chicago.

What led you to enroll in the MSLCE program at Northwestern? I want to give young people meaningful and life changing experiences through arts non profit organizations like I did growing up.

Favorite (song/movie/show/festival/exhibition … )? Hiatus Kaiyote is my favorite band right now.

What are you most looking forwards to about the MSLCE program? I’m really looking forward to the site visits!

What is your favorite Chicago landmark/attraction, or what are you most excited to visit? I love the Taste of Chicago. My family has gone every year for as long as I can remember.

If you could have lunch with one person (living or dead), who would it be? Esperanza Spalding because she is such a creative artist and one of my influences.

If you had to describe yourself in three words, they would be… Friendly, Optimistic, Driven

How do you plan on spending/did you spend your summer before starting MSLCE? I have been interning at the Chicago Loop Alliance as the Membership and Events Intern.

Where are you from? Chicago, IL

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