External Affairs Marketing Officer
I was raised just south of Wassaic in Wingdale, NY. After attending Catholic school my whole life, I headed off to Roger Williams University in Rhode Island. I majored in Anthropology & Sociology (with a concentration in Music), and studied abroad in Cape Town, South Africa for 6 months. I stopped straightening my hair, cut virtually almost all of it off, and started growing out my now "afro."
I got started in the non-profit sector as a music marketing intern for the Ridgefield Playhouse. It was fun, interesting, and challenging work—so, the next summer, I took up another internship at the Rhode Island Philharmonic. Those internships set in stone my love for working in creative environments (with music sprinkled in).
After college, I landed back at the Ridgefield Playhouse as a marketing assistant. I worked there for 2 and a half years until, one one October evening in 2016, I stumbled upon a job listing at the Wassaic Project. I could just feel it was the one—I had loved going to WP festivals and The Lantern in years past.
I applied, and next thing I knew I was putting my two weeks in and starting my position at WP.
I'm really enjoying my time here. The environment is positive, friendly, and everyone's open to ideas.
I didn't major in Marketing, but Anthropology & Sociology is still tied to what I do. Art, music, dance, film—it's all a part of someone's culture. Everyone's culture is different, and everyone wants new cultural experiences. WP offers that, and I'm glad to be a part of that.
When I'm not working at WP, you'll find me thrift shopping in the area (seriously—after years of Catholic school uniforms, shopping is my new favorite thing), spending time with my boyfriend in Jersey City, hanging out at home with my Weiner dog Nathan, and enjoying everything life has to offer.
Art, music, dance, film — it's all a part of someone's culture. Everyone's culture is different, and everyone wants new cultural experiences. TWP offers that, and I'm glad to be a part of that.
Paloma Hutton, Wassaic and Wingdale, August 2017
Photos by Verónica González Mayoral