A key asset to the Hunter UAP programs is the diversity of experience in the students they attract. No one student exemplifies that more than Hunter Urban alum, Wilhelmina Grant, a native New Yorker and resident of Harlem. After graduating from Hunter College with a BA in English Language Arts, Wilhelmina was awarded a merit scholarship to attend graduate school. She chose to pursue a Master of Science in Urban Affairs (MSUA) with a concentration in non-profit management to complement many aspects of her position at the time, when she served as the Director of Programs and Administration at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem.
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Since graduating Wilhemina has focused her career the ability of visual art to impact community health outcomes. As a mixed-media assemblage artist, she uses discarded or found objects which she re-purposes into visual art. Many of the ideas that stimulate the creation of her work are reflective of her interpretations of contemporary social issues, namely: gentrification, violence against women and breast cancer awareness. Aside from nine solo exhibitions, Wilhelmina has participated in 16 group exhibitions around New York City. It is Wilhelmina’s sincere hope to have an impact on the community through the realm of visual art.
Currently, she is an artist in residence in the Oncology Department at a city hospital where she provides cancer patients, their escorts and department staff with art projects in the waiting room and infusions suite. In addition, Wilhelmina founded a grassroots, non-profit organization which uses art to help connect medically under-served populations to no-cost breast screening services.
Among other skills, she credits Hunter UAP’s MSUA program with giving her the ability to successfully craft funding proposals for her arts and health awareness based work. Wilhelmina’s creative approach to women’s health awareness and access is an excellent example of how the Hunter UAP extended community shapes the city.