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New faces at Fitton Center

Hamilton (OH) – The Fitton Center for Creative Arts welcomes two interns to the organization for the summer.

Lesley Padilla takes a seat at the welcome desk in the main office, while Lyndsi Moore works with the education team to assist with summer art camps.

Moore knows the Fitton Center well, growing up on stage with Performing Arts Inc. Her first show was The Jungle Book back in fifth grade; she’s since graduated to choreographing and directing young thespians in shows like Seussical Kids and the upcoming Matilda Jr. Padilla graduated from Hamilton High School in 2023 – she played basketball for the Big Blue – and recently completed her freshman year at Ohio State University, where she studies information systems.

Moore recently completed her junior year at Miami University; the rising senior is an arts management major and serves as treasurer for the All-Girls Cheer Team. She’ll compete with the squad at the National Cheer Association championships in April 2025.

She has been on site for some preparation and training in advance of 24 different art camps over a six-week period, but looks forward to being full time with the official beginning of Summer Camp Creativity Monday, June 10.

“I love the arts and working with kids,” Moore said. “Arts access isn’t the best right now, so I’m really excited to see so many kids engaging with the arts in so many different mediums.”

Padilla started this week and works full days Tuesdays and Thursdays and half days on Wednesdays. She answers phones and welcomes people to the Fitton Center.

She likes the idea of being the first friendly face people see upon arrival.

“I try to be that way,” Padilla said. “You never know what somebody else is going through. Sometimes your smile is the difference in another person’s day.”

(Popular administrative assistant Julia Bailey isn’t going anywhere, by the way. However, having Lesley on the desk half the week allows Bailey time to take on an expanded role with the executive team on the second floor.)

“We’re glad to have Lyndsi and Lesley on board,” said Mark Motz, marketing manager. “We also are glad to be in a position where we’re growing and continually doing more on site and in the community.

“They won’t just be making coffee and sharpening pencils; they’ll get a hands-on sense of what we do and practical experience of how we do it.”

The Fitton Center for Creative Arts is located at 101 S. Monument Avenue on the Riverfront in downtown Hamilton, Ohio.

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