We had the good fortune of connecting with Veronica Bellocci and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Veronica, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
With more work experience you become familiar with who you are, what you can accomplish and where your limitations lie.Therefore you become aware when you no longer feel challenged or there is no room for growth. Or the company is no longer heading in the same direction you wish to go in.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My progression in my career has been what I am most proud of. I began my career from a curatorial aspect and I felt that was my passion at first, until I discovered the power of education through the arts. Although right now is a challenging time for the arts, I am still excited for the programs we are offering online at Lux Art Institute. These programs will assist with cognitive growth and creative thinking for children and adults. Right now is the time for us to come together and create a new kind of community virtually. Stay connected with us on social media for updates with our summer programming for kids. If someone was to tell me I would have a full time position in the art field two years after graduating with my undergrad, I would have not believed them. At first, I did not have a lot of hope in where my career would take me, but I woke up everyday ready to apply for the next art job. I had faith in myself with the fact that I knew what I wanted to do, I knew what I was passionate about, and that lack of hope would not stop my determination to succeed in my career. I am currently Education Coordinator at Lux Art Institute in Encinitas, where I manage classes, camps, and assist with all general tasks in the Education Department. I find my passion in the arts when it comes to engaging with youth and the public. Art education engages the community and unites us through a shared experience.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my best friend was visiting for three days on the first day, I would take them to my work at Lux Art Institute, walk them through the campus, the studios and inform them on our current exhibition showcasing international and regional artists which rotate out every two to three months. We would then grab lunch at Pannikin Coffee and Tea and head to the nearest beach. On the second day, I would take them to Balboa Park to enjoy the museums and walk around the gorgeous and colorful grounds. On the third day we would head to Torrey Pines for a nice hike by the beach. Followed by a dinner in Little Italy where we could walk around San Diego’s Historic Downtown.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I believe success is not in one single person alone, it takes a village to say the least, for one to grow and to continue to grow. From the beginning my family supported me even when the vision of my career was not clear and where my career would take me. When it comes to my college career at the University of San Diego I had a very inspirational thesis advisor, Derrick Cartwright PhD, who made it possible for a recent graduate to have a fellowship at the Timken Museum of Art. Thus making it possible to see the different roles every museum has, which led me to my next career move. After working at the Timken for two years I began working at Lux Art Institute as Education Coordinator. Where I met my next mentor and supporter Claudia Cano, Education Director and local San Diego Artist. Everyday she helps me become the best person I could be in my personal life and in my career. We push each other and challenge each other on the daily, we truly make a great team! Not only do I have the continued support from my boss but I also have a very supportive company that not only cares about the content we deliver to the public but the health and wellbeing of the staff. I believe without the support from all the people above I would not be where I am today.