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Week 8- International Child Art Foundation

Monday, August 13, 2012 3:13 pm

Well, that’s all. My last day is Wednesday, and right now the only thing left to do is clear up my accounts with all the other employees and my boss. I think the rest of the week will involve me sending emails thanking the various organizations that helped ICAF out throughout the summer. I had a wonderful time during this internship, and I am happy to have helped out across the DMV. We did a lot of good this summer, and being involved with the Olympics has always been a dream of mine. We were actually sponsored by the Olympics to help put the exhibitions on. I learned a lot from this internship about closing deals and working with different personalities to help make something truly wonderful. The next days will be slow, but at least I get to leave on a good note knowing that our exhibits went very well and our organization can now apply for even greater grants and funding.


Week 7- International Child Art Foundation

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 8:50 pm

Today, we just had our last workshop at our last exhibition for the summer. The venue that I found for the Arts Olympiad is the Georgetown Neighborhood Library. The workshop that we did today focused on teaching young children about the benefits of being both Artists and Athletes. We had the children draw their favorite Olympic Sport, and then they got to hang up their work alongside the International Art from our exhibit. We had about 50 people attend the exhibit, and I’m very proud of our volunteers and artists helping out today. After this weekend, my job at ICAF will be almost done. So, I’m not really sure what is in store for my last week, but I’m just happy to have done something for the community this summer. More to come.


Week 6- International Child Art Foundation

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 9:13 pm

So, this week has been excellent as far as seeing all of our events come together. On Monday, I set up our art exhibit at Woodridge Library in Northeast Washington D.C. On Tuesday, I set up our exhibit at the Georgetown Neighborhood Library. It has been amazing to see the great work that we have done be given to other people. Also, today we held our first workshop for young artists at the Woodridge Library. We had an excellent turn out, and even the parents of the children participated in the activity of drawing their favorite Olympic sport. It was so much fun to help out the under-served area of Rhode Island Avenue, and we made a difference. The art exhibits look fantastic at both libraries, and they both should be done on August 10th. More to come later.


Week 5- International Child Art Foundation

Monday, July 16, 2012 10:05 pm

As of now, four libraries have confirmed to host our Arts Olympiad Exhibition. Today, I went to the Georgetown Neighborhood Library and got them to confirm on dates for the exhibit. The two exhibits I’m in charge of are at the Woodridge Neighborhood Library and the Georgetown Neighborhood Library. My job will be to make sure that the art arrives on time and is hung up properly, the professional artist completes an art event with the library’s child patrons, and also that the art is removed by the end of the week. I am going to be extremely busy in the weeks ahead. The Woodridge exhibit will be on July 30th-August 3rd and one of our artists will come and instruct the library’s child patron how to draw on August 1st. The Georgetown exhibit will be on August 6th-August 10th with our artist hosting an event on the 8th. I’m interested to see how much foot traffic will occur during these events, and I’m even more curious as to how the children will take to these events. Luckily, the Olympics will be going on all throughout these exhibitions, so we have the easiest product to market in all honesty. More to come.


Week 4- International Child Art Foundation

Monday, July 9, 2012 2:54 pm

As of now, we have several venues that have confirmed and are willing to host the exhibitions. Right now, we have three major libraries in Washington D.C. that want to host events for local public school children during the week. As of now, we are also looking for local sponsors to help out with making the event something memorable for both the children and those running the events. After these confirmations, I have decided to now go on a different route to appeal to an even larger spectrum of people who would be interested in local and international children’s art: military bases. Military bases have one of the strongest needs for new events catered to families and children, so I want to do an event at Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia. As of now, they have been more than cooperative with us, and tomorrow they are sending us more information on what they want from us. I think an event there would be the perfect balance of service and entrepreneurship. Also, the Hill is interested in participating in an event provided that our dates match up with their dates and the Olympics. Either way, this has been a very successful venture so far and a lot of children are going to benefit from the work that we will do in the upcoming weeks. More to come.


Week 3- International Child Art Foundation

Monday, July 2, 2012 4:08 pm

So, with the Olympics this month, we are pushing even harder to get our art exhibition underway. This week, I will be attempting to put the art exhibition in the Rayburn building of Congress as we have a lot of support from them. I am interested to see if they will be even more willing now that Olympics fever has started and a lot of people want a distraction from the even deeper political divisions that have occured within the last week. I’ve also been assigned to petition the Pentagon to potentially allow us to use a room in their building. We have done this before with them, and I think they would be interested again. As Ms. Black suggested, I think I am also going to see if our organization can work with the Special Olympics as we are sponsored by the U.S. Olympic Committee. Obviously this will be a long petioning process, but there is still plenty of time this summer, and I am confident we will get a place for this exhibition soon. More to come.


Week 2: International Child Art Foundation

Sunday, June 3, 2012 7:17 pm

This week primarily consisted of soliciting art galleries, Fortune 500 companies, local DC museums, and other corporations to potentially host our traveling child’s art gallery. I must have called and emailed about 60-70 different places across the DMV area hoping to get a point of contact and a potentially interested client. The client’s that I spoke to ranged from the Corcoran Art Gallery to The National Press Club. There are a lot of industries and companies that would love the host an exhibit like this; however, the primary problem is that most of the organizations are already swamped with other predetermined events. This exhibit is a spur of the moment idea due to the summer Olympics; the exhibit focuses on getting local Olympic athletes to come to the art exhibit and work with children to paint their favorite sport or facet of the Olympics. Out of the the 60-70 I spoke to, 15 were interested and the rest were too busy or were not interested in the event as it does not match the theme of their current season. The Arena State, Zenith Gallery, The Fridge, The Parish Gallery, and BZB International are five of the primary targets for the upcoming weeks as they have a lot of experience with working with charities and would love to host something that focuses on the Olympics and local DC public school children. I will be working with these organizations and hopefully many more to reach our goal of hosting 4 art exhibitions this summer in preparation for the Summer Olympics. Pretty soon, I will have to start looking for spokespeople for the event. I would ideally like to have the DC Mayor speak at one of the exhibitions, but only time will tell. More to come.


Week 1: International Child Art Foundation

Monday, May 28, 2012 1:12 am

ICAF is a “501(c)(3) nonprofit that has served as the leading art and creativity organization for American children and their international counterparts since 1997.” My job this summer is to help organize and work with government organizations, media outlets, and corporations to put on exhibitions that feature art from children all around the world. This week, I researched the Fortune 500 companies in the DC Metropolitan Area and also Philadelphia due to its proximity to figure out potential donors and willing participants for hosting an art exhibition. Currently, the organization is working with the Honorable Vincent C. Gray, the mayor of Washington D.C., to potentially host an art exhibition with his party and sponsors. In addition, of the Fortune 500 companies, Smithfield Foods has already agreed to discuss potential involvement in the near future; more on this later, depending on their commitment, of course. As of now, my role and the role of my co-workers, is to figure out potential hosts for our art exhibition. The collection, comprised of 60 paintings, includes works from 22 US states and 30 different countries. The DC commission on the Arts and Humanities has pledged partial support for the exhibition; however a lot more funding is needed. This is my role for a while as we try to get the exhibition off the ground. Within the upcoming week, I will keep you updated on whether or not Smithfield wants to participate or if there are any new potential hosts for this exhibition. I will be making a lot of phone calls and researching these companies in the upcoming days.


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