With classes resuming next month, who better to chat with than our Director of Education, Alex Wright! Along with organizing Fuse’s education programming, Alex is also a member of the arts community as a talented musician. How exciting! Keep reading to find out more about Alex and his journey at Fuse.
Tell us about yourself!
My name’s Alex, and I’m a composer and community musician from KW!
Talk about your role and what you do at Fuse.
I’m the Director of Education, so I oversee Fuse’s educational initiatives, which range from working in schools to opportunities for young artists.
What was it about Fuse that made you want to be a part of it?
I wanted to do more community work, and the opportunity to do so in both an arts and educational capacity through Fuse was really exciting.
What is your main arts discipline and how long have you been a part of it?
I’m a musician, and I’ve been playing piano since I was around five, I think – it’s so long ago I don’t quite remember.
Tell us a little bit about your Fuse arts journey! How did you end up at Fuse?
I’d volunteered with the organization last year as a facilitator in their Community Opera Project, and Fuse’s Executive Director, Dylan Langan, reached out and asked if I wanted to be more involved, and I couldn’t turn him down!
What has been your favourite memory/experience with Fuse?
Probably at the Community Opera Project, watching one of our participant’s faces light up when they realized how well the music they’d been writing worked as a coherent opera – it was really wonderful to see that joy.
What are three words to describe Fuse?
Community, collaboration, creativity
What is your favourite part about working behind-the-scenes?
Getting to work with like-minded individuals to make something cool!
Which aspect of the transition to Fuse do you find the most exciting?
The opportunity to expand beyond just working in music, and exploring how different art forms can intersect and collaborate.
What do you want the community to know about Fuse?
That we’re on a mission to bring more arts to the community, and we have some very exciting stuff coming up!
What do you hope to bring to the community through your work with Fuse?
I hope to bring easier access to educational opportunities in the arts.
What about the inter-arts are you most passionate about?
The way it pushes boundaries and can expand our understanding of how art is made and can function in a community.
What are some ways you think the inter-arts positively affects our community?
It provides a gathering space for people, which has been something missing over the last year and a half. It allows people to co-create culture and explore ideas to better understand our community and the world around us.
One of our values here at Fuse is to increase accessibility of art and arts programs. A way in which we do this is through our education programming, which hopes to bring diverse programs and art initiatives to our community. It’s Team members such as Alex that make such work at Fuse possible. Thank you, Alex! To find out more about our education programs, click here!