Lauren Kaminski is a postgraduate student recently returned from Trinity College Dublin, working towards her MPhil in International Peace Studies. She obtained her BA in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. Lauren is a Charlottesville native and has previously interned with the Charlottesville Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau and was a Program Associate for the national non-profit, No Greater Sacrifice. In her free time she enjoys graphic design, poetry, and various athletics.
What makes Charlottesville-Albemarle special to you?
Charlottesville has a lot to offer with its city and country balance. Its charm can be difficult to explain to others who are unfamiliar with the region, but I really enjoy coming from a place that is so indescribable and so irreplaceable.
Most looking forward to about working at Charlottesville Tomorrow?
Engaging with the community in a new way and becoming a truly informed citizen.
Ultimate Charlottesville Saturday?
The ultimate day would be getting a morning buzz with a Mudhouse coffee, followed by a scenic Blue Ridge hike, and ending with friends at one of the surrounding area’s breweries or wineries.
Favorite arts and culture venue in Charlottesville and away from Charlottesville?
I’ve really enjoyed seeing the IX Art Park grow into the space that it is now. On a nice day I love to explore the various installations. Every time I go there is something new to see. It is an interactive, creative, and engaging space in the heart of Charlottesville.
Away from Charlottesville I enjoying spending my time in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C. --I especially enjoy their various photography exhibits.
Most interesting trip away from Charlottesville?
One of my most interesting trips away from Charlottesville would have to be attending the New Year Hogmanay Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. It was a weeklong celebration filled with torchlight processions, carnivals, and Adele choreographed firework shows. To bring in the New Year with thousands of people from all nationalities, especially under the majestic setting of the Edinburgh Castle, was truly a once in a lifetime experience.
What’s still on your bucket list?
Cage dive with Great Whites in Cape Town, explore Iceland and Patagonia, and eventually muster the courage to go skydiving.