A word from



30th Anniversary Spotlight Series

Name: Danielle Parga

Hometown: Long Beach, New York

Current Location: New York

Relationship to VISIONS: 2006 Peru participant


Where are you now?
I live and work in New York, and am in the art world! I import and export fine art for art galleries. It’s fabulous.


What does the word community mean to you?
Being able to feel warmth from the people you surround yourself with.

What is it like to walk in your shoes every day?
I take a morning train to my office in Chelsea, where I usually have emails upon emails, as work happens overnight in Asia and a few hours before us in Europe. I clack clack clack away at my keyboard, arranging international shipments of paintings, sculptures, etc. After work, I go home, work out and hopefully have dinner on the table.

What was most memorable about your VISIONS experience?
It would be seeing the various archaeological sites. I went on to study Latin American art history and archaeology in college, and I was able to pull from my VISIONS experience to fill in the gaps. I actually returned to Cuzco during college with my professor, which was great as I was able to obtain a new perspective on that wonderful city!

What is something that makes you hopeful for the future?
Michelle Obama.


What do you feel is one of your greatest strengths that you have to offer the world?
I am constantly asking people to see art, and push themselves to explore themselves and the world around them via the creative medium that our fellow humans take upon themselves to manifest.


In what ways, big or small, would you like to change the world?
A smile a day.


What do you hope to be doing 10 years from now?
Director of exhibitions at a museum.


What would you like to say to other members of the VISIONS community?
It’s a beautiful day, don’t let it get away.

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