Organization: Appalshop, 2008
I interned this summer at Appalshop, a non-profit media arts and education center located in the central Appalachian region, in an arts administration position which allowed me a wide variety of opportunities. Initially my main duties involved preparations for the Seedtime on the Cumberland Festival, "A Festival of Mountain Arts" including performances from such artists as Darrell and Wayne Scott, Lee Sexton, and Kathy Mattea. My job included securing necessities for the festival like folding chairs and recycling bins, as well as coordinating hospitality for performing artists and festival volunteers. In addition I was in charge of documenting the festival, assembling the grounds plot, and stage managing Kathy Mattea's concert. After the festival I primarily focused on arrangements for a panel of four Appalshop filmmakers to speak at the 2008 American Folklore Society Annual Meeting. Before my internship was complete, I also had the opportunity to aid in hospitality for several Indonesians participating in a Media/Arts Exchange with Appalshop, while honing my copyediting and databasing skills in my spare time. Looking back upon my internship with Appalshop, I have no doubt that it has provided me with the confidence, experience, and connections I will need to accomplish my post-graduation goals.
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