We are excited to welcome back Sheila Wells as our Program Manager! She is returning to our staff after a few years working at Johns Hopkins University as the Student Housing Coordinator. Shelia is no stranger to our office, as she was previously an office neighbor, a lead facilitator, and the Youth Media Festival coordinator. We are thrilled to have her back as we are on the verge of marking 12 years of providing media education in Baltimore City.
My name is Sheila Wells and I am ecstatic to inform you that I will be joining Wide Angle Youth Media as their Program Manager.
A little bit of info about me: I graduated from Maryland Institute College of Art with a BFA in Video. I have a strong background in the arts, love making things and making things happen, and currently reside in the Remington community. I have a long history with Wide Angle Youth Media – I first came to know of the organization in 2005, when I shared the office building during my MICA internship with the Megaphone Project. I quickly formed a close relationship with the Wide Angle staff as my interests in media, education, and the arts in Baltimore City matched closely with their own. I’ve worked here previously as both an assistant and lead facilitator, and was the Youth Media Festival coordinator in 2007 in partnership with the Community Art Corps program.
In 2008, I left Wide Angle Youth Media for a position as the Student Housing Coordinator at Johns Hopkins University. My time at Johns Hopkins was crucial for my professional and personal development. While there, I was able to rigorously focus on my office management skills, gain additional experience in web and graphic design, coordinate large scale events, and even curated a permanent student artwork installation in my building. Although my experience there has been positive and productive, I have greatly missed the community involvement, critical thinking, and creative energy at Wide Angle Youth Media and am honored at the opportunity to return!
Now that I am back, I have noticed immediately how much the organization has developed and grown since my time here four years ago. I look forward to learning as much as I can about the latest and greatest projects, people, and ideas that make up the Wide Angle Youth Media community and cannot wait to dive into this year’s fall programming.