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Internships and Job Searching

One of the experiences I was looking forward to the most at HGSE was participating in the Field Experience Program, and completing an internship. I am one of the Education Program Interns at VSA Massachusetts in Boston, where I am assisting with program evaluation for their in school arts education programs. I am so fortunate to work with amazing staff (including two of my fellow AIE cohort members, Hannah and Aysha), and after reading about what quality arts programs look like in other courses, I am able to see what they look like in real life practice.

I would suggest that you apply for your internships EARLY! It took me a couple weeks to hear back from some of the organizations I applied to, and in order to give yourself as many choices as possible, it is best to start the process at least a month before FEP class registration deadline.

While I initially planned to take time off after graduation, there are so many opportunities available, and I know that the hiring process can take some time. Jump starting my job search was inspired by my visit to New York over Spring Break as part of the EdConnect series sponsored by Career Services. I was able to visit the Posse Foundation, and to attend an informative panel with graduates of the Arts in Education program.

I have found that it is best to utilize as many sources as possible when searching for jobs.  The Career Services office posts jobs, internships, and workshops on Hired. I am planning to return to California after graduation, so I have continued to check the websites of organizations I am interested in throughout this year. Idealist, Opportunity Knocks, and Craigslist can be good options for people in the nonprofit sector, and HigherEdJobs and EdJoin list opportunities in education. Finally, reach out to your network! Facebook and LinkedIn groups have been particularly useful for me.

Tarin Griggs is a Master’s of Education candidate in the Arts in Education program. She has worked as an arts administrator, poet, dancer, and editor. She hopes to partner with nonprofits to bring arts programming back into urban schools in the San Francisco Bay Area

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“Dying While Black and Brown” Performance at Harvard Law

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There are so many events happening all over Harvard every weekend, and I am so thankful that I was able to make it to Harvard Law School to attend “Dying While Black and Brown”. This dance performance by Zaccho Dance Theater addressed both the prison industrial complex and the death penalty. Both the dance and discussion afterward were extremely powerful and eye opening.

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(One of my good friends, Antoine Hunter, danced in the show.)

Tarin Griggs is a Master’s of Education candidate in the Arts in Education program. She has worked as an arts administrator, poet, dancer, and editor. She hopes to partner with nonprofits to bring arts programming back into urban schools in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Favorite Study Spots

Graduate school involves a whole lot of reading at all hours of the day and night. Over the last two months, I have found many different places to curl up with books and my laptop. The location I choose depends the availability of free wifi, electrical outlets, comfortable chairs, and espresso, preferably in the form of salted caramel or peppermint mochas. Here are a few of my favorites:

On campus:

– The Cronkhite Graduate Center Courtyard

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– The purple chairs on the first floor of Gutman Library and the quiet study area on the second floor

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– There may or may not be a rooftop lounge somewhere on Appian Way, but you didn’t hear it from me…

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Off campus:

– The Starbucks on Church Street or in Harvard Square (though it’s often quite crowded)

– Mr. Crepe (Davis Square)

– Diesel Cafe (Davis Square)

I’m sure you’ll all discover a few of your own!

Tarin Griggs is a Master’s of Education candidate in the Arts in Education program. She has worked as an arts administrator, poet, dancer, and editor. She hopes to partner with nonprofits to bring arts programming back into urban schools in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Working on AIE Works!

One of the highlights of my time at HGSE so far has been my work coordinating the AIE Works art show on the first floor of Gutman Library, one of the most lively buildings in the Ed School. I am working in the Arts in Education office as one of the Curatorial and Communications Coordinators, and I was so excited when I found out we were going to have an entire month for our exhibit! Half of the members of my cohort have pieces in the show, which features visual art, photography, and documentation of student art work.

Before…

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and after!

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Back in September when we were soliciting work for this show, I felt like I was primarily learning about my colleagues academic and professional interests. In many cases, this was the first time I was able to see and read about the artistic work the members of my cohort have created and facilitated. There is so much variety in the collection – visual art, photography, poetry, student portraits, documentation of sculpture and murals, and more! I love that this exhibit is another way that the diverse members of our cohort are able to share and learn from each other.

After many weeks of work with my wonderful colleagues Massimo Pacchione and Sarah Quinn (and invaluable support from the incomparable Scott Ruescher), we had an amazing opening reception on October 3rd with live performances by Sterling Higa (a fellow HGSE student blogger!) and Tasha Chemel.

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Tarin Griggs is a Master’s of Education candidate in the Arts in Education program. She has worked as an arts administrator, poet, dancer, and editor. She hopes to partner with nonprofits to bring arts programming back into urban schools in the San Francisco Bay Area.