As the Director of USA Gap Year Fairs and the Marketing & Outreach Manager for Dynamy Internship Year, Alia plays an integral role in propelling the gap year movement forward. She began working for both organizations in 2015, and has enjoyed meeting with prospective students and families, coordinating fair logistics, and representing Dynamy at the fairs in over 40 cities across the country.

Alia earned a B.F.A. in Ceramics from Massachusetts College of Art & Design and an M.F.A. in Studio Art from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Before joining our team, Alia taught art courses at the University of Colorado and Colorado State University. There, she developed an affinity for teaching and inspiring students to chase their passions. Alia is excited to encourage others to seek out gap year opportunities, as her own experiences working as an studio assistant and studying abroad really influenced her desire to shift her academic focus from science to art.

As an artist, her own creativity and curiosities have led her to travel extensively across the United States and Europe, visiting museums, installing exhibitions, and getting to know individuals from different cultures. One of her favorite research trips allowed her to study the photographic archives at the Cinémathèque Française in Paris and collections at Tate Modern in London. Most recently, Alia has exhibited work at the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science as well as the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI). She has lectured at Harvard University’s Ceramics Program and was an Artist in Residence at Worcester Center for Crafts. In her spare time, she enjoys participating in educational workshops and community outreach programs.

Email Alia Pialtos at pialtosa@youinc.org

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