Hello, everyone! My name is Gabi and I’m one of the interns here at Art House. You’ll be hearing from me in the coming months as I document my journey with this beautiful organization and I look forward to sharing my experience with you. I’m a senior Theater and Business Administration major from Baldwin Wallace and I’ve spent the majority of my college career with the aim of working for or opening an after school art program once I’ve graduated. Imagine my surprise when I opened an e-mail from a professor notifying me that there was an internship available for an organization that lined up with my dream almost perfectly! I jumped at the opportunity of course, and – though I may have been overly enthusiastic during my interview – I’m so happy to be here.
I’ve only been here a few weeks but I’ve already begun to reinforce the fundamentals of running a non-profit organization that I’ve learned in my classes; the board and staff are the bones holding everything together, grants and donors are our lifeblood, and the quality of our programming brings in our neighbors, people from all walks of life and all ages, our reason for surviving. I’m hoping that by the time I leave this place I will have gained the understanding of what it takes to run an organization like this and be much better prepared for what my future brings me. So far I’ve been working on marketing materials and linking our social media sites, but at different points over the next few months I hope to help with some of the Arts-In-Education programs, documenting the student’s progress as they dive into their projects, and hopefully will learn more about the grant-writing and application process.
The artistic community here in Cleveland is an incredible thing to bear witness to and it would be nowhere near as prominent as it is today if it weren’t for the Cleveland Foundation, the Ohio Arts Council, the George Gund, Martha Holden Jennings, the Mardi Gras Fund – the list goes on. In addition, the residents of Cuyahoga County also help through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.. Their belief in the power of creativity and healthy stimulation of the community has given us the opportunity to reach more students, touch more families, and inspire more art throughout the Cleveland area. I am so excited to be working with both Art House and our donors, but more prominently I am excited to see the effects of our combined efforts to bring such an amazing thing as art to those who deserve it.