Student Tour, Art Institute of Chicago
I realize it's been awhile since I've posted, but I have good reason!  Over the last few months, I have finished graduate school (yay!) and just completed an 8 week internship at the Art Institute of Chicago in the Museum Education Department.  I am extremely happy to be finished with school and the internship was a fabulous experience. 

The Museum Education internship was an 8 week program that began in early June and ran through the beginning of August.  As an intern at the Art Institute, I had the opportunity to participate in a full range of education programs serving all ages, from pre-school children to senior citizens.  My main responsibility was designing and executing daily gallery tours for student groups from around the country.   I learned a lot in the process and loved the experience of talking with students about art objects they were viewing first-hand.  While at the museum, I also assisted in teaching studio art activities, led family gallery tours, participated in research and writing projects, attended weekly museum practices seminars and led gallery talks for adult audiences.  If you would like to read more about my experiences as an intern at the Art Institute of Chicago, check out my entries on the intern blog by clicking here

Jerome McDonnell and I, post-interview.
When I wasn't going to class, writing papers, or leading gallery tours, I managed to squeeze in some time to work on EdPowerment and prepare for my trip to Tanzania.  One of the more exciting things I got to do for EdPowerment this summer was speak about our work on NPR.  Chicago's NPR has a weekly segment on their Worldview program called Global Activism that features individuals from Chicago doing work to better the world.  I was nominated by my boyfriend through WBEZ's website and got a call in late July from the show's producer to discuss details.  After talking with the producer on a Tuesday, I found myself in the studio two days later talking about EdPowerment on live radio.  I must say, I was incredibly nervous the day of the interview.  However, the host, Jerome McDonnell, made me feel super comfortable and the interview went off without a hitch.  If you're interested in listening to the program, click this link.  The segment lasts for about 15 minutes, so get ready!

Not only are things progressing for EdPowerment, but things are also moving forward with my trip.  Since I last wrote, I have purchased my ticket, received a Tanzanian visa, worked out paying my bills and student loans while I'm gone, and am in the process of packing.  Packing to live for a year in Tanzania is proving to be quite difficult.  I haven't actually started cramming my belongings into bags yet, but I have a feeling it will require some creative folding and shoving. 

I am set to leave the United State on September 8th and will arrive in Tanzania the following day.  Kerri and I both arranged our travels through STA and I was amazed to find out that we will be flying into Tanzania on the same airplane from Ethiopia.  Kerri will be arriving in Ethiopia at 5 a.m. on the morning of September 9th from Bangkok and I will arrive three hours later via Washington D.C..  I imagine there will be constant chatter coming from our section of the airplane on our way to Kilimanjaro :).

I have two and a half weeks left of summer here in the U.S. before I leave and have been spending in with friends and family.  While I am ecstatic to live and work in Tanzania for the year, I know I will miss everyone in the United States while I'm gone.  Luckily, Skype will keep everyone a click away! 

Stay posted for more updates! 

10/1/2013 03:17:00 pm

I have two and a half weeks left of summer here in the U.S. before I leave and have been spending in with friends and family.


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