Mary Shannon Tompson

Intern, Summer 2020 | Texans for the Arts
BSFS, Georgetown University

“I am so excited to work with Texans for the Arts because I have always had a deep appreciation for the arts community of Houston, where I grew up. I hope that through my work this summer I will learn more about the strength, diversity, and tenacity of arts communities in Texas, especially during the Covid-19 crisis, when I believe the arts will be more important than ever in revealing our common humanity.”

Mary Shannon Tompson is a junior at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. She is pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science in the Foreign Service, majoring in Culture & Politics and minoring in Art History. Going to school in the nation’s capital has only fueled her passion for political advocacy, and she hopes to gain the knowledge and skills to advocate for the arts through her work with Texans for the Arts. Mary Shannon is the resident illustrator for Georgetown’s feminist magazine “Bossier,” a volunteer captain for the university’s women-led conference “Own It,” and a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. She believes the arts to be essential to the state of Texas, not only as a draw for tourists visiting the state but also as a space for the incredible diversity of Texas to be showcased and empowered.