Welcome to the VOICE from the arts editors

by Praycious Wilson-Gay and Rosalia Preiss
Arts Co-Editors
the Durham Voice

VOICE staffers

Some of the VOICE staffers gather for a group portrait, left to right, Teen Editor-in-Chief Zenzele Barnes, Arts Co-Editor Praycious Wilson-Gay, photographer Alex Nelson and Arts Co-Editor Rosalia Preiss. At center is Praycious' little sister, Michaiah Wilson. Photo by Jock Lauterer

Hi, we are Praycious and Rosalia, the Arts Editors of the Durham VOICE. We’ve known each other since elementary school, and we are still close friends after all these years.

In the upcoming issues, we will be bringing you stories about Durham Youth and their artistic expressions. From community murals to school plays, we’ll cover it all! We’ll have an eye out for unique and diverse art, that shows off Durham Youth’s creative side.
Both of us are really excited to be working with this publication, and we can’t wait to catch up with you guys in future issues! It’s going to be so much fun! Here are our bios:

Rosalia Preiss

Hey, my name is Rosalia Preiss, and I’m one of the two arts editors here at the VOICE. I’ve lived in Durham my whole life, and I can’t wait to tell you guys about the amazing arts that go on in this town. I am a freshman at the Durham School of the Arts, and my concentrations are Chorus and Theater. I love to be in plays, especially musicals, and my favorite is ”Wicked.” My other talents include juggling, book reading, soccer playing, and most recently, photography, which is how I got this job.

I’m an only child, and I live with my mom and dad here in Durham. Other additions in our house include a crazy cat named Billy Bob and an assortment of unnamed fish. I love to ride my bike, read Harry Potter, watch movies, play soccer, and listen to music. I’m new to journalism, but I’m super excited about my job here at the Durham VOICE and I can’t wait to see you guys in future issues!!!

Praycious Wilson-Gay

I am a 14 years old native of Durham and a freshman of Josephine Dobbs Clement Early College High School. I am an exciting, intriguing, open-minded person who enjoys playing the violin and clarinet, writing poetry, taking photographs and dancing. The Arts are my life, especially the transient world of Broadway and fashion.

I firmly believe we need more balance in the world, and I love challenging tasks where the outcome exceeds my expectations. Therefore, with this opportunity, I hope to encourage my peers to experience and/or express creativity, one piece at a time.

To submit stories, features, ideas, photos, videos, poems, or whatever, just email the NECD Community VOICE Program Coordinator, Carly Brantmeyer, at cbrantmeyer@gmail.com