» Amelia Snetting
How did you become an artist?
I've been singing since before I can remember and began voice lessons when I was nine. Since I was four I have been a member of Danabod Family camps. This community of artists has shown me the importance of creative expression in my life. I've been in six professional choirs and I majored in music at the Perpich Center For Arts Education. I am drawn to community that embraces the arts.
What inspires you?
Hearing about how people came to where they are in life, what they believe in, and examining where the two meet.
How can art be a tool for speaking out, for creating change in the world?
Art brings people together by breaking down the boundaries between them. Throughout my life I have seen change spread amongst strangers in a room, restaurant, and church after singing a song for them. The room was no longer filled with strangers; music brought us all together.
How has Intermedia Arts been a part of your story?
I searched for an arts community that was engaging and empowered me to be ever evolving and I found Intermedia Arts. Since I began an internship with Intermedia Arts in early 2007, I have continued my engagement through volunteering and projects. Being involved with Intermedia Arts has enriched my life and given me perspective.
What is one of your favorite experiences with Intermedia Arts?
This July I was fortunate enough to be working with three fellowship programs as a programs assistant: The Creative Community Leadership Institute, the VERVE grants for spoken word poets, and the Beyond the Pure Fellowships for Writers. It was amazing to see how the Fellows in each of the programs are growing and evolving as artists and community members. This was compounded by the overall growth of the programs themselves. It is exciting to see an organization growing along with its community.
“Being involved with Intermedia Arts has enriched my life and given me perspective.”
- Amelia Snetting
How has art changed you?
Art has changed the way that I view life from an end goal to a journey. Art makes me feel alive and is a source of healing for me throughout my life. As a vocalist, I have traveled with choirs to other countries sharing our music with people along the way, connecting with people in dialog that transcended the language barrier.
What do you see as Intermedia Arts' role in the community?
Intermedia Arts brings people together to bear witness to experience through the arts. Intermedia Arts' community includes those who are drawn to story, expression, and are invested in building community with others through the pieces of their expression.
AMELIA SNETTING is part of Intermedia Arts’ event staff, as well as a grad student and a musician. She first became involved in Intermedia Arts as an intern for literary arts programming in 2007. Being engaged in the community through the arts has always been a part of her life. Amelia is a long time member of Danebod family camps. She has also completed two terms of AmeriCorps with both VISTA and City of Lakes programs in the Minneapolis Public School district. Amelia holds a Bachelor's degree in Women's Studies and is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Library and Information Sciences at Saint Catherine University.