It has been over a year since Nia Franklin became the reigning Miss America. Formerly Miss New York, she has spent the last year on a variety of projects focusing on advocacy for the arts.
Currently residing in Brooklyn, Nia joins us for an interesting CYInterview with featured columnist Jay Bildstein, about the state of the arts in New York City and how the current economy has made it more challenging for artistic and creative people in that part of the country. Different ideas and possible solutions are discussed.
Becoming Miss America was not something that Nia had planned. In her freshman year of college, her father was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Due to his challenge, she became his stem cell donor. Making an effort to find ways to pay for her college education, Nia began her quest to become Miss America. And, as they say, the rest is history. She will receive $50,000 in scholarship money to assist with her schooling.
A songwriter/composer, as well as a singer, Nia is talented by anyone’s standards. One of her singing genres is opera. She shares with us that she is working on a new opera and a debut EP of music that she will release in the future.
In challenging times across the United States and the world, there is no denying that the arts play a pivotal role in people’s lives. Nia is using her platform as Miss America, to spread a message about the importance of the arts. This is much needed.
You can listen to the entire CYInterview with the reigning Miss America Nia Franklin below:
Listen to the entire Miss America Nia Franklin CYInterview: