Hillwood students learns the business of the arts

Job shadowing give students the opportunity to see the realities of a profession or industry and the connections between learning and the real world. Delores L., a student from Hillwood High School's Academy of Art, Design and Communications,  participated in an internship this summer though the Frist Center of the Visual Arts. In this post, Delores writes about her experience.  

On October 23, 2012, I had the opportunity to job shadow at The Frist Center of the Visual Arts. When I first arrived I was warmly greeted by the Director of the Education and Outreach Program. She gave me a tour of Frist and explained the significances of some of the various structures of the building and exhibits. I proceeded to the Education and Outreach Department, and later met with the Tours and Programs Coordinator. He talked about what his position entails at the Frist.


I then got the chance to meet with the Outreach and Educator for Public Programs where I learned how the Frist promotes exhibits and outside programs. The Educator for Public Programs told me that you have to be really organized for her job because things are always changing and you're always trying to keep up with everything. The next stop was part of the museum which is called Martin ArtQuest. It was a really cool place, it had a lot of art stations where you can make and design you own artwork. After a very busy morning, I had a networking lunch with the Director of Education and Outreach and a few other people from my morning visit. This gave me a chance to ask some questions about the Frist and got to know the Director of Education and Outreach a little better.


After lunch I met the Design and Operations Director. He took me to one of the largest exhibits which is called “Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video”. He showed me some blueprints of the exhibit and explained how his team and he create a design and then presents the design to the artist for approval. If the artist does not like some parts of the design, they worked together to get a good compromise. The Design and Operations Director pointed out items in the exhibit that the Design Team had to modify and how they set the lighting, choose the background colors and arrange the photos in a way that it would draw the visitors in and make the art stand out. With this in mind, I had the opportunity to visit the Design office and meet a Graphic designer who was working on a future exhibit and view a board in the exhibit room that showed plans for a future exhibit.


At the close of the day, I had the opportunity to meet again with the Director of Education and Outreach and express my appreciation for the opportunity to job shadow at the Frist and tour the “Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video “. This experience gave me the opportunity to observe how a museum operates and the many jobs that are incorporated. I love the part where I got to shadow the Design and Operations Director. I want to work in a design field, and this gave me a chance to see how it functions.