Living Abroad: Spotlight on New York

Skyline view of New York in the daytime

[This article is from the Autumn/Winter 2018 issue of InTouch, your alumni magazine]

Eveline Chang-Fritsch (MA Cultural & Creative Industries, 2005) lives in Brooklyn, New York. She is currently Cultural Engagement Director at Montclair State University, Office of Arts + Cultural Programming. Prior to this she was Program Manager for the Education and Community Department at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Eveline Chang-Fritsch (MA Cultural & Creative Industries, 2005)

Eveline studied for her MA at King’s, having studied Dance and Art History in California.

‘I was keen to explore what was then a new and exciting field in the creative industries.

Being able to investigate my curiosity, particularly in arts education, urban cultural identity, and interdisciplinary artmaking at King’s allowed me to come back to the US with a confidence in the role of arts in education and civic engagement.’

Since graduating, Eveline has worked for a range of respected institutions including the University of California, Harvard University and the Centre for Architecture in New York. In 2013 she joined the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) to oversee a variety of programmes for youth, schools and artists.

‘To me, service is being engaged with civic issues and understanding that there are disparities in access and opportunity. It is sharing your privilege and power with others to make a more equitable society.

My roles in education have allowed me to directly serve and impact at all levels. Students are creatively questioning and challenging the world around them in positive and innovative ways.

BAM believes in facilitating anyone, no matter their background or training, to unlock their potential through the arts. We worked to honour their stories and amplify their voices through free or low cost in-school and on-site programs, career development and funding opportunities.’

Eveline collaborating in a dance exchange program
with professional international artists at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

During her tenure at BAM, Eveline collaborated on some major projects with organisations including the DeVos Institute of Arts Management, Creative Capital and DanceMotion USA. She also worked on a project for New York City’s 70th anniversary of the book The Little Prince.

Passionate about racial equality and anti-oppression, Eveline also spearheaded BAM’s participation in the Racial Equity in the Arts Innovation Lab, run by Race Forward, which helps cultural organisations to deepen their racial equity work. She is also a member of the Asian American Arts Alliance which is dedicated to supporting and strengthening Asian American arts and cultural groups in New York City.

In late 2018, Eveline became the Cultural Engagement Director at Montclair State University's PEAK Performances where she continues to form relationship between artists and audiences.

‘I'm excited to be returning to higher education and connecting students, academic departments, and local organizations to the campus' theatre.’

Since moving to New York, Eveline has also been a key member of the local King’s Alumni Committee.

‘The alumni community in New York is talented, fun, and eager to connect with one another, and I love getting to interact with those in other fields I wouldn’t normally meet.’

King’s Alumni Communities in the U.S.

There are over 8,000 King’s alumni in the US, with active Alumni Committees in New York, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington DC. There are also International Alumni Leaders in many other locations.

For more information about Alumni Committees in your region, please visit our International Branches page.

Eveline’s top places to visit in New York

The Staten Island Ferry heading towards Manhatten.
Image by Ingfbruno (CC BY-SA 3.0)

  • Governors Island - a former military base now a car-free getaway with green space, art and quirky historic buildings
  • Brooklyn Cyclones - our lovable minor league baseball team right on the kitschy Coney Island boardwalk
  • Doing an international food crawl along the seven train subway in Queens, the most ethnically diverse urban area in the world
  • Staten Island Ferry - the best views of New York City you can still get for free
  • Prospect Park - my favourite park, where you can also check out the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Public Library, and catch a Celebrate Brooklyn summer concert or check out 100+ food stalls at Smorgasburg