2013 Teachers

Ngoc-Tran Vu will be graduating from the NYU Tisch’s MA Arts Politics Program in May 2013.  She was born in Saigon, Vietnam and grew up in Boston, Massachusetts.  She graduated from Brown University in 2010 with a double concentration in Ethnic Studies and Visual Arts.  Tran previously lived in Washington D.C and worked as an Enrollment Management Officer for the University of the District of Columbia before moving to New York City.  She enjoys photography, creative activities and social justice endeavors.  As a visual artist, activist, educator and scholar, Tran have always been passionate about the arts and using its tools to express a progressive consciousness as well as to connect people and communities together.  Check out her website.



Lindsay He is a visual artist with a focus in photography. She is currently finishing her junior year with a double major from the Photography and Imaging Department and the Political Science Department at New York University in 2014.  She was born in Kangding, China and grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  After graduating from high school, Lindsay decided to pursue her passion for photography and human rights in New York City.  She looks forward to working as a documentary photographer focusing on political and global human rights issues.  Lindsay has set her goals in the non-profit sectors and dreams of making a difference in the world.



maureenMaureen Dai grew up in Sarasota, Florida and will be graduating with a BFA in Photography & Imaging from NYU in 2014. She initially took an interest in photography when she received her first point and shoot camera in the 10th grade. From there, her passion for the medium grew. She began dedicating every weekend to creating photo shoots centered around her friends and hometown. After graduation, she hopes to work in an environment that allows for the creativity of the photography world to be combined with the structure of the advertising and marketing world. To view her work, click here.



Lorie Novak, Program Director, is an artist and Professor of Photography & Imaging at New York University Tisch School of the Arts and Associate Faculty at the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics. She founded the Community Collaborations program in 1996. She was introduced to photography in High School and wanted to be able to offer that opportunity to NYC high school students since so few schools have arts programs. See  photographs, installations, and Internet projects at www.lorienovak.com .


 2012 Teacher Bios