Western Washington University Alumni Association

Arcadia Trueheart

Major - Fairhaven College concentration
Hometown - Portland, OR

I was born into a family of artists and I have been raised surrounded by mural projects, late nights at my parents’ studio, and piles of sketch books. As I grew older, I developed an interest in performance and teaching younger children. In middle school, I began teaching art and performance workshops to younger kids in my neighborhood. When I was 17, I had the opportunity to travel to Nicaragua and teach art and acrobatics to children. This experience made me acutely aware of a discrepancy in opportunity and standard of living in different parts of the world. I was also opened to the beauty and richness of a new culture. Because of this experience, I decided to work and volunteer in the U.S. and Latin America for two years before starting college at WWU. At WWU, I have been able to continue my love of community service by working at the WWU Center for Service Learning as the Community Engagement Peer Advisor. In this job, I am able to research and make connections with local Whatcom non-profits while helping other Western students find enriching volunteer opportunities in the community. This job has also encouraged me to volunteer in the community at children’s read-in events, river conservation projects, and the Migrant Youth Leadership Conference. This is the second year that I have received this scholarship and it has (and will continue to) greatly enrich my life because it allows me to continue attending an out-of-state school where I can study in the unique interdisciplinary program offered through Fairhaven College.

“Community involvement and leadership have been very important parts of my life leading up to college, and continue to be central to my college experience at Western.”

I enjoy movement and dance, specifically partner acrobatics, trapeze/aerial arts, and contact improvisation. I love being in nature - hiking, swimming in cold rivers, running in the ocean, and painting in the woods. A strong community is also very important to me and I like to develop friendships through cooking and feasting.

My experience teaching and traveling abroad and in the US before college greatly impacted my life because through those experiences I developed a passion for community involvement, specifically working with youth and the arts.