When Emily Piles was contacted by her temp agency about a position at RCTV, she jumped at the opportunity to work with an organization that focuses on both media and education.
It was at Alfred State where Emily discovered her love of media. She completed a BFA in Expanded Media that focused on video, sound, printmaking and design. Her minor in communications, which incorporated media analysis, also helped to reinforce her interests.
Following graduation, she began working at a residential music academy in Western Massachusetts for college age students with special needs. There she handled a variety of responsibilities, including one-on-one work with a blind student and teaching life skills, how to live on one’s own and how to interact with the public to students with Williams Syndrome.
After a year in that position, she returned to Rochester to work with Citizen U through the Rochester AmeriCorps program, where she taught students about college readiness and career planning.
Following a year at the Community Design Center of Rochester and three years at ImageOut Film Festival, RCTV was lucky enough to discover her in time for her to step in during office manager, Rashida Burch-Washington’s maternity leave.
Emily is currently working on a three-part documentary series called Creating Rochester that explores three local arts and education organizations and their role in the community, including Genesee Center for the Arts and Education, Visual Studies Workshop and Animatus Studio. She was awarded an Individual Artists Grant, which is part of the Decentralization Program (DEC) of The New York State Council on the Arts, and is administered by Livingston Arts to encourage and promote individual artist’s projects to enhance cultural vibrancy in Livingston and Monroe Counties.
Emily is glad to be working back in media, and to be part of a team.
“With my love of media and media education, this is my dream job. I would like to be here for quite a while,” she asserts with a smile.