Hey, everyone! I’m Carter Ridl, one of the 2017 summer interns at The Arts Partnership. My special project this summer has been to research different Arts Advocacy Groups and Arts Incubators around the Midwest.
Now that I am a little over half way done with this internship it seems like it would be a good time to reflect back on how it has it has helped me grow as a person.
Growing up, the arts were always important to my family. My eldest brother played the viola all the way through high school and into college, and my other brother played percussion, sang in choir and was involved in theatre throughout high school.
I played the viola for five years, sang in choir for nine, and was in theatre for eight, so art events were something that have always been a part of my life — at least fine art events. I’ll admit — I didn’t pay as much attention to the visual arts as I should have, but this internship has really opened my eyes to other art forms I was unfamiliar with.
I’ve been to art museums in the past, and they never really clicked with me, but that changed once I was able to meet the artists through this internship. Doing so helped me have a personal connection to their art.
Along with learning more about art, I’ve also learned about the non-profit sector and have learned business skills through my TAP mentors Dayna, Chelsey and Tania.
Thus far my favorite experience was at this past Community Supported Art (CSA) party hearing Tyler Gefroh speak about the watercolors he did.
I found it fascinating how instead of just painting random buildings he asked each of the shareholders to submit a building that has meaning to them, and if they didn’t submit one he chose a building that has had a meaningful impact on his life.
As I go into my final three weeks here at The Arts Partnership I hope that I can learn, and accomplish, just as much if not more as my first half.