Mud, Museums, and a Metropolis

Mud, Museums, and a Metropolis

Friends keep asking me why I'm doing The Washington Center with a look of confusion on their faces. I must say I can't blame them, especially because I'm usually knee-deep in clay and look like a mud wrestler. Not your pristine business-woman or politician.

I'm a ceramicist and a studio art major. I grew up in the Berkshires, MA, on the border of Vermont. My childhood consisted of crayons, hiking, theatre, and running through the woods pretending I was Pocahontas. I never wear make-up and only own one dress. I can safely tell you that my hair can dread up in two weeks and that I have no political aspirations. But I came to The Washington Center for the Advocacy, Service, & Arts Program.

I'm interning at a print-making studio and community arts program called The Pyramid Atlantic Center. I wanted to gain experience in community art organizations and selfishly wanted the chance to make artwork as well. Finding an internship in the arts was far from difficult because D.C. has so many museums, galleries, and art centers. From a small non-profit to a big museum; you can find plenty of appetizing internships to sink your teeth into. But start your internship search process early because most sites have early application deadlines. In fact, it's best to just be early for everything regarding The Washington Center, find your internship early, respond to e-mails early, arrive to class early, and do your homework early. I say this because as an experienced procrastinator I have done all the above incorrectly.

But don't worry, my fellow procrastinators, there's a perfect place for people who like to take their time.  That place is called a museum. Washington D.C. has as many free museums as it does interns in the city so on my free time I've been checking out the artwork. Now maybe I've been learning about the works of Guaguin, Pollock, Rothko, and others for far too long in a dark classroom with a projector because standing in front of them at the National Gallery has a much different feel. I've also come to the conclusion that the Smithsonian could rule the world... their information center might as well be a castle. As much as you want to go to all of them at once it's impossible. My personal favorites this week were the Phillip's Collection, the Hirshhorn Museum and the Freer and Sackler Gallery. Boredom isn't an option here you can always go to a museum or free event.

 My roomate Karen, at the Hirshhorn Museum

 (One of my roomates, Karen, at the Hirshhorn Museum)

(at the National Gallery's Sculpture Garden)

One problem with running to all of these museums are blisters. In D.C. you're going to walk... a lot. I used to think my flipfops were cute but now my goofy, comfortable sneakers are heavenly. For those insisting on adorable footwear the Metro will do just fine. At first I wanted to walk everywhere just to avoid the Metro; it was one of my biggest fears (along with attempting to cook). Growing up in the woods, I felt pretty sure I would be lost underground, penniless, and alone searching for a way home. To ease my fears I looked at the map of D.C.'s Metro at home and it only confused me more. But trust me, it's now laughable that I was ever scared at all. Honestly it's incredibly simple and you won't have any problems. But when in doubt, Google maps performs miracles.

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