What was it like to be a slave at the historic Locust Grove, built in 1790 and where pioneer and Revolutionary War hero George Rogers Clark resided in the last years of his life? Tiffany Caesars research yielded two original short plays performed during her internship at the home. The experience opened my eyes to how performance could be combined with history to make the past come alive, said Caesar, a 2010 masters student in Pan-African studies.
Now curator of art at the Montana Museum of Art and Culture at The University of Montana in Missoula, Brandon Reintjes credits his internship at the Speed Art Museum with a vital role in determining his career. The 2009 masters degree graduate in critical and curatorial Studies packed a diverse range of projects from writing exhibition text to constructing 13-foot high walls. It was far from dull, said Reintjes, who worked on projects with various departments throughout the museum.
Christian Potter combined language skills, interest in Asian film and social networking talents to produce one of the most successful Asian Film Series ever for the Crane House and UofL in his internship. They made me feel like part of a dedicated team, Potter said. I was able to see the direct impacts of my work as they fit in a nonprofit organization and within my community. A 2010 graduate, Potter is coordinating Crane Houses Teaching in Asia program and plans to move to China to teach English.