I can’t believe this is my last blog post for Columbia College as a Graduate Ambassador. I have moved on from an Ambassador to a full-fledged employed alumni.
Chicago is an epicenter for summer music festivals. When you say July to any Chicago music fan, they automatically think– Pitchfork. It is an annual summer music festival that takes place over one weekend in July (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) at Union Park. The music spans from indie-rock, rap and hip-hop, dance, punk, experimental, electronica, and jazz. This year I attended as a volunteer on behalf of the non-for-profit, Rock For Kids, helping run their charity auction, which benefited music education for at-risk youth.
The standard question, “hey, what’s up—how have you been?” is generally followed up with the standard response, “oh, you know, super busy.” I came across a New York Times article, The ‘Busy’ Trap written by Tim Kreider and felt like he had really tapped into something. It seems that no one has the time to enjoy themselves outside their work obligations and if they do find time to squeeze in some fun it is also paired with a sharp twinge of guilt that they aren’t promoting their work.
Chicago has got to be one of the best cities to live in during the summer. Great weather, beaches, out door eating and drinking, and my favorite, street festivals. Attending summer festivals is a staple activity while living in Chicago. I attended Do-Division and saw this HAWT punk-rock band, Le Butcherettes. I also hit up Sausage Fest in Wrigleyville where I saw the lively Aussie electronic rockers, Art vs. Science. The food is pretty spectacular too.
Please Generate Art (PGA) is a collection of designers, performers, marketers, music-makers, fundraisers, writers, builders, and planners that span all of the graduate departments. This was the second annual showing for PGA. PGA is an interactive and artfully crafted miniature-golf-like-course.
The next day, I graduated from Columbia College Chicago’s Art, Entertainment & Media Management program. The day had finally come. The room was filled with excitement and nervous energy. Our guest speaker, Lee Flaherty, CEO of Flair Communications Agency left us with two messages—1. Have a “hell yeah” mentality and 2. Be grateful.
In my previous blog post, Finding Bob Boilen, I discussed my final project for my Managing and Licensing Intellectual Property course taught by Joseph Bogdan. I utilized my previous blog as a method of reaching out to the producer of NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Series, Bob Boilen. It was a rewarding experience to use my role as a Graduate Ambassador to complete my final project.
It is time to craft my final paper in my Gallery and Art Market Management course. My final project is to identify a trend that I believe will have a major impact in art market management during the next five years. I am to discuss the management implications of these trends.
This semester, I have a unique final project in my Managing and Licensing Intellectual property. I have to find the producer of NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Series, Bob Boilen, and interview him about his methods in selecting artists to be on the show.
Rock For Kids (RFK) Shifting Focus fundraising event at Hinge Gallery was fun-fabulous. Throughout the night there were around 100 people that came to support. I was totally amazed by the support our sponsor, Audiotree, family, friends, fellow students, RFK supporters and others who came to check out the exhibit.
Inspired by the phrase, “treat yo self,” coined by NBC’s Parks and Recreation’s characters, Donna and Tom, I went on spring break! I was in serious need of some R&R. My boyfriend and I decided we wanted to take a trip to somewhere neither of us had been.