The Corcoran Student Ambassador Program is an opportunity for current students to develop leadership skills, represent GW’s Corcoran programs, provide support for the Corcoran Recruitment and Admissions Office and make a positive impact on prospective students and families as they navigate the application process. Corcoran Ambassadors form a special group of arts and design leaders who are dedicated to fostering the GW Corcoran community through engagement within the university, the Corcoran School and beyond.
Corcoran Professional Development Series
Join us for a new professional development workshop series this spring. We will be offering three sessions each on a different topic. If you are thinking about securing an internship, job, or applying to grad school, you won't want to miss this series. This series has been developed by your Corcoran Ambassadors specifically for Corcoran students!
Movement Posters—Moving Posters
A 3-session workshop where students will learn about a social movement and design a poster expressing how “creativity is power” in shaping collective action through narratives (and counternarratives). Our workshop will allow students to explore animation techniques in their posters, resulting in a poster design that is a looping animation.
About the Program
Our Corcoran Ambassadors are student leaders who provide information about our programs, guide Discover the Arts campus tours, staff key admissions events in the fall and spring, and provide general mentoring and peer guidance to prospective students and families. Ambassador roles can be categorized into the following areas:
- Be a Corcoran Connector.
Ambassadors interact with prospective students through phone calls, mail, email, social media, and campus visits. Ambassadors will provide a student perspective about the experience of being a student and a part of the community at GW’s Corcoran School of the Arts and Design.
- Lead Discover the Arts Campus Tours.
Ambassadors have a significant role in helping students become familiar with Corcoran programs and the GW campus through Discover the Arts campus tours. The Ambassadors guide students and families to visit programs and introduce them to the services, resources and facilities that are key to the arts and design student experience at GW.
- Represent GW and Corcoran programs at Key Recruitment Events.
Each ambassador will participate in activities to help prospective students learn about our programs and what it’s like to be a Corcoran student at GW. Activities include virtual and on-campus open houses and admitted student events.
- Plan Corcoran events and outreach for current students.
Ambassadors work closely with Corcoran staff to plan events for current Corcoran students that build community across our programs. Additional outreach may include developing social media campaigns.
Meet our Corcoran Ambassadors!
Maria Clara Rios Cacua
Maria Clara Rios Cacua (Mari), born in Bogota, Colombia and raised in between Colombia, Ecuador, and Tampa, Florida, is pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design and a double minor in Art History and Sustainability. Growing up, she was always involved in the arts but wasn’t until her senior year when she really looked at art as a passion that she would be able to turn into a career.
Mari aims to immerse herself in the world and allow for her work to spin a new perspective for viewers to take away from her work. As a student, she seeks to continue learning about the world around her and envisioning the different ways that she can make a change in the world around us. Her art history minor gives her a background into the modern art world and her sustainability minor allows for her to become more attuned with the status of the environment and the different ways that she can incorporate sustainable practices, and commentary, into her artistic practice.
Antonella Garcia was born in Barranquilla, Colombia and grew up in Miami, Florida. She is working towards her Bachelor of Arts in Dance along with a Bachelor of Science in Business with a concentration in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Ever since she was about four years old, Antonella began taking dance classes in Colombia. Now, she has trained in many styles including contemporary, jazz, ballet, lyrical, post-modern, bachata and salsa.
Antonella hopes to bridge the gap between business and dance through creativity and innovation. She looks forward to the experiences and opportunities that the George Washington University will offer her during these amazing years of her life. While growing up, she learned that helping people always brought her so much joy, that she hopes to always find new ways to help people live happier lives in any way possible.
Apply to be an Ambassador
Check back throughout the year for information about open positions and how to apply.