School is back in session, and the ICA was there during the first week of classes to welcome new and returning students, pass out some swag, and educate curious-minded individuals on all things ICA.

“We have new and returning students coming back to campus, and we want remind them we’re here,” said Erin Hanas, Associate Curator of Academic Programs. “We’re tabling welcome week to make sure they know there are ways they can get involved with ICA even before we open.”

The ICA offers a number of internships and federal work-study positions. Students currently enrolled in UNIV 391/HONR 398: Contemporary Art, Museums, and Interpretation may become ICA tour guides, while those in the hybrid class ARTS 291: What’s in a Museum, are learning about museums from the perspective of Chioke I’Anson, an instructor in African American Studies.

In addition, the inaugural Student Advisory Committee is helping get the word out about the ICA and connect the ICA with the VCU community. As volunteer Isa Gagarin, explained: “I was interested in the relationship between an institute that’s built in the context of the school and the activities of the students. I wanted to be a line of communication and an advocate of the space for students.”

Students, faculty, and visitors filtered by throughout the afternoon to ask questions, sign up for the ICA’s e-news, learn about upcoming events and membership opportunities, and discover how they could participate.

“Students were particularly interested in talking with us,” added Alexandra Crawford, ICA Education Coordinator. “Some were already familiar with the ICA, and some were probably caught by our bright colors and fun branding, but they all had a lot of good questions. VCU students are excited to get involved.”

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