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Brandi

Brandi

Home Institution: Dean College

Internship Site: John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts

Program: Advocacy Service & Arts

Though my time with The Washington Center has come to a close, my time in D.C. has not. I will be sticking around a few weeks longer before heading off to Cape Cod for my summer job with the College Light Opera Company.  

Making a Difference in the Arts

Monday, May 08, 2017

In a previous blog post, I wrote about Donald Trump’s proposed budget cuts, which included eliminating funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and other social programs and organizations. According to the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, “the NEA has already sustained significant budget reductions.

Being a Kennedy Center Intern

Monday, April 24, 2017

Let's start by making this clear: if you had asked me when I started college where I saw myself in the future, I would not have imagined that I would be where I am now - and I still have one more year of undergrad to go. Landing an internship at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts was never something I expected. I wanted it, but it didn’t seem like something that someone from my small town was ever going to do.  

This past week, I visited many of the monuments and memorials on the National Mall with one of my closest friends who came to visit me in D.C. While there, we found the monuments to be more than just tourist attractions. Here's what we decided makes them so timeless:   1. They are empowering.

An Afternoon at the Gallery

Sunday, March 26, 2017

This week, I headed over to the National Gallery of Art. Like the Smithsonian museums, the Gallery is free to the public; however, it is not associated with the Smithsonian Institution.    

Impact of Budget Cuts on the Arts

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably know that Donald Trump’s budget plan was released last week. In this plan, there are many shocking budget cuts that will mean a great deal to the nonprofit sector, should they pass in Congress.  

Common Misconceptions about the Opera

Sunday, March 05, 2017

This week, I (along with my fellow interns at the Kennedy Center) had the chance to sit down with the executive director of the Washington National Opera, Michael Mael. During this time, we discussed the reasons that people choose not to attend the opera, especially young people. Through this discussion, we found the following four misconceptions that tend to steer people away from the opera.  

Four Reasons to Intern in the Arts

Sunday, February 26, 2017

You might think interning for an arts organization is the farthest thing from what you want to do. This semester I've learned (by working with other interns at The Kennedy Center) that even people who aren't studying theatre, dance, music or arts management can find a place in an arts organization. Here's why:   1. You don’t need to be an artist.

Checking out the D.C. Theatre Scene

Monday, February 13, 2017

In my last post, I referenced my small liberal arts college and my internship at The Kennedy Center, but if it’s not clear already: I’m one of those “theatre kids." Most people don’t think of D.C. when they think of theatre. Most think of New York City, the West End, maybe even Chicago, but usually not D.C. Interestingly enough, D.C. actually has a thriving theatre scene so this past week I decided to start checking it out.  

Can't Help Falling In Love

Monday, February 06, 2017

I don’t think George David Weiss, Hugo Peretti and Luigi Creatore were thinking about Washington D.C. when they wrote the song “Can’t Help Falling In Love,” made famous by Elvis Presley. However, the sentiment is the same. I’ve only been in D.C. for a little over a week, and I can’t help but fall in love with this city.



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