My Time at The Arts Partnership

Hi everyone! It’s Lauren Richardson, the Fall 2017 communications intern at The Arts Partnership. I thought this would be a good time to share and reflect on my time here because sadly, I only have under a week left at The Arts Partnership.

This fall has been one of the best experiences I have had. My eyes opened up into the professional world as well as the art world.

This being my first internship, I was concerned I wouldn’t know exactly what to do or how things worked but The Arts Partnership team made me feel welcome and helped me learn along the way. My main jobs were managing the calendar and writing blogs once a week but I was able to do so much more!

Me and TAP Comm. Coordinator Chelsey Ewen at the Plains Art Museum!

I have always loved all forms of art but when I was younger I focused mostly on the musical aspect of art. I played the violin, the piano, sang in choir starting in fifth grade and participated in many musicals and plays while growing up.

I knew I wanted to learn more about the arts especially the art community right here in Fargo and this fall I am pleased to say I accomplished that.

I’ve visited numerous art museums around the FM area. Before my internship I would visit museums and feel slightly out of place but now I can confidently say I feel comfortable in museums.

Browsing the NDSU Memorial Union Gallery!

Being able to meet some of the artists throughout my time here has inspired me to learn more about art. Being able to go to museums and recognize artist’s names is one of my new favorite things. You feel greater connections when you have some knowledge on art and the artists who created it.

One of my favorite parts about my internships was getting to interview wonderful people across the FM area for my blogs. I was able to write across the whole sector of art– a comedian, directors of exhibits, directors of plays and ballets and much more.

One of the first things I attended as an intern was a Community Supported Art (CSA) party. This was incredibly special because I was introduced to multiple forms of art in one night. I got to hear artists play music and Steve Knutson, a local artist, talk about his inspiration for his art this year. Seeing the passion the artists have and the attendees drove my passion for art even further.

Works by artist Steve Knutson at The Arts Partnership’s Community Supported Art (CSA) party in September.

One of the latest things I was able to do was be on KFGO radio and talk about the Concordia Christmas Concerts. This was an opportunity that would have never come my way if not for my internship. Being on the radio has always been a dream of mine, and now it was achieved!

Me and TAP Comm. Coordinator Chelsey Ewen on KFGO with Bob Harris!

Being able to be apart of and see the behind the scenes work of The Holiday Art Market has been an incredible experience. Seeing all of the artists work hard and forming relationships was the artists has been amazing.

Come to the remaining APT Art Markets 4:30-8pm Thursday, Dec. 21 and Jan. 4 and 10am-2pm January 6!

There have been so many experiences over the past few months, it would take pages and pages to write about it all. To sum it up, The Arts Partnership has helped me become more knowledgeable about art in our community. It has helped me grow in the professional world and most of all it has helped me grow as a person.

Checking out the Rourke Art Museum

Browsing Ashley Kunz’s painting at the Plains Art Museum

I love writing but I am just beginning. There is a lot of growth to still happen but my internship has already helped me do that. I now know the career direction I want to go because of my internship. I know that I love the arts and will support local art forever.

If you’re interested in learning about internship opportunities with The Arts Partnership, contact Chelsey Ewen at chelsey@theartspartnership.net!

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