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Summer Intern Review: Caroline Song

August 17, 2017
I am sure you have seen some of the amazing social media posts that have been scattering our social media outlets, and I hope you have been thinking to yourself, "Hey! These are some pretty CHAWsome images!" You wouldn't be the only ones thinking this! We here at CHAW are very thankful for the amazing, thoughtful, and hard work that Caroline has put into her time this summer at CHAW. Now, we are here to allow Caroline to speak for herself on her experience with us, so here it is, in her own words: A Summer Review from CHAW's Social Media Intern, Caroline Song. 

I am so thankful to have been given this opportunity to be an intern, working with the Marketing Department at CHAW. Since starting here in July, I’ve been working with programs like Adobe Illustrator and Hootsuite in order to promote their numerous summer events, which have included their annual Paint Bucket Campaign andFriday Art Nights. I was able to help publicize the Artist Residency Program as well as the opening registration of the Fall YAP and adult classes, showing parents and children the amazing classes that they can take this coming fall. Using pictures that I was sometimes given and sometimes making a design by scratch, I would combine it with text and try to find the best way to communicate this information most effectively with our audience by experimenting with shapes and colors. This would eventually result in images like the Zora & Amelia Pop-Up Shop promotion.

When first starting out at CHAW, one of the very first things that I was assigned to do was to interview Lise Bruneau and Barbara Schelstrate, respectively the director and the original music composer of this past summer production of A Midsummer's Night Musical. It was nerve wracking for me to say the least, I had never interviewed someone before, so how was I to be able to conduct a whole interview? But sitting down with them, I was able to see how passionate they were about this musical, and about the arts in general, which made it so easy to get through what I thought was going to be a brutally long hour. And that’s something that can be said for my very short month here at CHAW. Interacting with the staff and seeing every week how much time and effort they all spend showed me how much CHAW truly values the arts,something that doesn’t take much priority in most other places. If anything, my experience at CHAW has only strengthened my love for the arts and has played a major role in solidifying my choice to continue to pursue art in college. 

This past month has been such a great experience for me and is one that I will take with me to whatever college I go to. The absolute dedication that I see at CHAW to giving the community a chance to explore and delve deep into the arts, whether it’s playing your heart out on an instrument or painting a wonderful masterpiece, is amazing to witness and I’m so sad to go. If I am able, I plan to come back to CHAW to possibly be an intern again as I’m finishing up my senior year in high school. The people that I have gotten to work with have been the absolute kindest and have such a big heart for others and the arts. I’m so grateful to have been a part of the CHAW community and I hope that I’ll have the chance to come back!   

Caroline, thank you again for that you have done; you are truly #CHAWsome!! 

We are in need of our next Social Media intern! If you or anyone you know would be interested, please contact me, Liz Rubando, at lrubando@chaw.org

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