Meet Board Secretary Lauren Watt

Lauren Watt is a native of Troutdale, Oregon and received a Bachelor of Music in Saxophone Performance from the University of Oregon. While in Eugene she performed with a variety of ensembles from the Oregon Jazz Ensemble, Green Garter Band, and saxophone quartets to incidental music at local theaters and parlor concerts in the area. 

Following the completion of this degree she moved to Laramie, Wyoming to complete a Master of Music in Saxophone Performance at the University of Wyoming. There she also worked as a Graduate Assistant with the saxophone studio and athletic bands. Today she is back in Eugene pursuing a Master of Science in Arts Management at the University of Oregon. She currently works at the Eugene-Springfield Youth Orchestras and hopes to pursue a career upon graduation with a professional orchestra or a performing arts venue. Read Lauren's Board Spotlight Interview below to learn more about her!

What about WACAI and/or its programs inspire you OR why do you feel called to serve as a board member?
The passion for West African culture that I saw through Andrea is what initially inspired me to work with WACAI as a practicum student. I wanted to help with some of the day-to-day needs of the organization that she had been working on to allow her to focus more on programs and community involvement. This then turned into a position on the board. This was exciting as I wanted to work more with the organization and become involved with other board members to collaborate towards an amazing future for WACAI.

What impact has WACAI had on you professionally or personally?
As an aspiring Arts Administrator, this experience has been very important. I have developed skills with fundraising, graphic design, event planning, and of course working with a board of directors. Personally, it has introduce me to an area that I was not super familiar with prior to my involvement with WACAI: West African culture and specifically drum and dance. I briefly learned about this in an ethnomusicology course but, it has been so amazing to experience it on an ongoing basis. I have also met new and amazing women that I have had the pleasure of serving with on the board and I think this has helped to me voice my opinion and open up to people much quicker.

How have you used your skills/connections/resources while serving on the board?
I have connect WACAI with Emerging Leaders in the Arts Network (ELAN) and other peers among the Arts Administration Department. I have also assisted with booking artists that I know and working with local businesses for some of the amazing in-kind donations featured at Fall 2017 fundraiser.

Is there anything else you want to say about serving on the WACAI board?
This has been a great experience and I am excited for what the future holds!