| Do Good, Feel Good |

Karen Sommer

Keeping Students Crafty

By Lisa Stiepock
Photo by Peter Morenus

Underneath Karen Sommer’s contact info and credentials as operations and program manager for UConn’s William Benton Museum of Art is a quote from 17-year-old Nobel Peace Laureate Malala Yousafzai — “If you want to end the war then instead of sending guns, send books. Instead of sending tanks, send pens. Instead of sending soldiers, send teachers.”

Sommer and her colleagues are using their teaching skills in the war against Covid-19 and, in particular, its attendant isolation by bringing virtual arts to students. “We know they’re on campus by themselves without family,” she says. From roundtable art critiques, sculpture scavenger hunts, drawing workshops, even pumpkin carving, the programs and workshops are a point of connection — and fun.

Handlettered phrase, 'Do Good, Feel Good'

We are all in need of a little happiness and a little inspiration lately, so we’ve devoted this issue of the magazine to stories of just a few of the many UConn faculty, staff, students, and alumni who spend their days doing good in the world, making it a better place for all of us.


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