Master of Arts in Arts Administration and Policy 2015
I'm an Arts Administration and Policy graduate student from Bloomington, Indiana, and I have a background in theater, business administration, and community outreach. Before joining the 2015 cohort of Master of Arts in Arts Administration and Policy students, I served two years of AmeriCorps Service at Habitat for Humanity of Metro Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky, as the Family Services and Outreach AmeriCorps Member, where I taught and managed the homebuyer program, and developed initiatives towards neighborhood revitalization in the city.
About My Co-op Experience
My Co-op internship is a catchall of administrative duties and tasks at Redmoon Theater. I am the Assistant to the Managing Director Intern. Thus, I work directly with the Managing Director and serve as a support for all of the administrative departments: Finance, Operations & Marketing, and Development. I don't have a typical day at Redmoon. On any given day, I may be filing and bookkeeping, compiling information and writing copy for grants; or create operations materials, including developing policies for Redmoon's volunteer program.
What I Learned from My Co-op Experience
Redmoon has enriched my education at SAIC by serving as a place to see arts administration and policy theory put into action by a high-functioning performing arts organization. One of the most interesting things I've experienced at Redmoon was the planning and implementation of their annual fundraising gala: Spectacle Lunatique. The gala brings together Chicago's elite community to make contributions towards all of Redmoon's free programming throughout the rest of the year. It was a great chance for me to recruit and manage a group of about 40 volunteers, as well as create documentation for Redmoon to cultivate a sustainable program in the future.
Interning at Redmoon has reinvigorated my passion for performing arts, especially theatre, and I am really inspired to take risks in my own creation of a theatre business. Redmoon is innovative in the way that they approach problems and generate solutions. So, I've learned to stay focused and have clarity in my projects, while also keeping an open a space for exploration.
My supervisor, the Managing Director, at Redmoon has empowered me to be a strong arts administrator by really developing an interest in my work and finding projects for those interests to serve Redmoon. This type of mentorship is rare, yet necessary for a student like me: someone who has a little bit of experience in arts administration, is inherently entrepreneurial in my professional pursuits, and looks to have strong women in my life who are candid, confident, and creative.
Advice for Future Co-op Students
My advice to future Co-op students: put yourself out there and explore every interest, if you can. Pursuing experiences that might not be what you think you want can help you to learn new aspects about yourself and about the world around you. Allow your mind to be changed. And, always ask questions.
About the Employer
Founded in 1990, Redmoon transforms streets, stages, and architectural landmarks, bridging international, economic, cultural, and generational boundaries with a unique brand of spectacle: a public art form that is equal parts pageantry, gadgetry, puppetry, robust physical performance, and visual art. Redmoon seeks to transform the experience of our urban landscape through ephemeral events that disrupt everyday life and provide opportunities for public engagement, community building, and recognition of the possibility of change.
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