Katie working in Greg's office where she was stationed over the summer.
The Vermont Folklife Center, 2011
I did my internship back home in Vermont at the Vermont Folklife Center. I worked under the direction of Gregory Sharrow the center's director of education. The main task I worked on the VFC's Traditional Arts Apprenticeship program. I had three main tasks with the apprenticeship program: site visits, applications, and panel preparation. I got to see the 2011-12 Traditional Arts Apprenticeships program though from the 1st applications to sending out the award letters. The applications included Somali-Bantu drum making and needlework, Turkish knitting, Burundian traditional dance and embroidery, blacksmithing, Native American beading and basket making, and woodworking. I got to see so many different cultures and types of art up close and it made me appreciate how important this program was to the people involved in it.
A second task I worked on was assisting with the preparation and running of the Vermont Folklife Center's Discovering Community summer institute: Students, Digital Media and Place Based Learning. The institute is designed to teach educators about the importance of place based education and gives them examples and tools with which incorporate it into their classrooms.
I also met with a Bosnian woman to help me alter the lesson plan I created last semester in folklore and education so that it can be posted on the Vermont Folklife Center's New Neighbors: Bosnia website. Finally, I also assisted with archival and inventory work as needed at the center, including inventorying a collection of duck decoys and scanning photo albums of a woman who lived to be 101.
Katie interviewing a hunter/trapper as part of the Discovering Community summer institute.