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A Seven Day Internship

When I tell people I’ll be interning in Dubai over my spring break, the sideways glances ensue.

“Internship? Are you sure that’s the right word?”

“You’re traveling 12 hours on a plane … to work … for a week?”

“Isn’t spring break a time to vacation with new friends or catch up on the ever-growing piles of work?”

Yes, I get it. It’s not necessarily the most traditional form of internship or use of spring break, but when the offer presented itself, I figured what better way to accent my Harvard experience than with an intense, 7-day internship in Dubai.

Ticket booked, lodging confirmed and I will be on my way.

Art Dubai is the largest art fair that takes place in the Middle East, South Asia, and the continent of Africa, and it just so happens to coincide with my spring break. The festival aims to blend public space with the arts, consuming the city with creative works. Last year, about 22,500 visitors, 75 museums, and 75 galleries from 32 countries attended!

I’ll be working with the Sheikha Manal Little Artists Programme in partnership with Zid Zid Kids, the Morocco-based trilingual children’s art education specialists to host a series of educational programs and workshops for children and teenagers attending the festival.

Beyond the chaos of arranging my academic schedule, booking flights, setting aside time for visiting with family and friend while in Dubai, the excitement of applying the concepts and projects in real time to the my work at Art Dubai will be extremely fulfilling.

Dubai-bound & Cambridge-based,

-Nora

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A Tale of Two Cities

Weeks filled with travel – I could not have dreamed of a better way to spend my January break. With the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, and the Grand Bazaar all out of the way, it was time to dig into the human spirit of the city. Orhan Pamuk stands as one of the country’s most prominent & prolific writers, donning the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2006. I dipped into his memoir Istanbul: Memories & the City prior to landing. Then came The Museum of Innocence: part novel, part museum.

Stumble across the eighty-third chapter of the book and your golden ticket will greet you, granting you free entry into the museum located in the neighborhood of Beyoğlu, off the, dare I say it, M street of Istanbul. A novel that tears away at romance, the reader follows Kemel’s passion for his beloved Fusun, as he obsessively amasses trinkets of his beloved.

Enter the museum & you will be faced with a golden wave, that is 4,213 cigarette butts, followed by eighty-three cabins, for each of the eighty-three chapters, brimming artfully with charms that reflect the story, and more: the daily musings of a Turk, living in Istanbul, in the sixties and seventies, who loves.

Clocks, photographs, tricycles, milk bottles, beds, quotes, and such line the walls. Scattered copies of the book garnish each of the four floors, allowing museum-goers to stop and relive the words. The first of its kind, this museum stands as the wunderkammer of the city, teaching more than one-dimensional experiences through the art of storytelling.

As a student of the Arts in Education, I am always on the hunt for an inspiring museum – you can read more about my adventures at No Fame On M Street. 

Hagia Sophia

C’est Moi

Yours just back from Istanbul,

-Nora

 
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