My name is India Lombardi-Bello, I have just begun my volunteer work here at Rochester Brainery and I will be your resident blogger for the next few months.
A little bit about myself: I am 23 years old, and unlike the interns/volunteers/bloggers before me, I am no longer an undergraduate in college. I graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in May, 2014. I received my Bachelor’s of Science in Electronic Arts with a concentration in Video and Emerging Media. That might sound a little convoluted, but basically I studied video and other digital modes of artistic creation. Upon graduation, I interned at a couple of fine art establishments, did some freelance video work, felt like I was bouncing around from city to city but eventually I felt like I had stagnated with no prospects and no reason to stay where I was staying, which was unemployed at my parents house, the plight of many a college graduate. It was then that I decided to take matters into my own hands. I had visited Rochester several times, and really liked the City and the community vibe. I had many friends who lived in the area, so I decided to move to Rochester with nothing but a suitcase (how cliché). I’ve been here since the spring and I am slowly acclimating into the Rochesterian lifestyle.
Before my wayward-wondering-soul days, I grew up in Carlisle, NY (near Cobleskill, NY, if you’re familiar), which is a quiet rural town in the Capital Region. I’m an only child who, growing up, relied very much on my imagination and creativity to keep me entertained. Growing up this way has definitely informed my interest in art as an adult. In my free-time I enjoy making stop-motion videos, drawing, knitting, silk-screening, hanging with friends, going to concerts, yoga, eating, sleeping… my interests know no bounds! And that is why Rochester Brainery is a perfect place for me to volunteer.