“We have built an institution for the public, not for the few,” said founder and first president of the Art Institute of Chicago, Charles Hutchinson in 1887.
The Art Institute of Chicago was built for the people of Chicago and the staff of the world-renowned museum wants the public to know the Institute is still for them. Recently, the MSLCE cohort had the opportunity to visit the Art Institute and hear from Sarah Alvarez, Director of School Programs, and Emily Fry, Director of Interpretation, about how the museum continues to welcome the public after 139 years.(more…)
“The program is what you put into it,” Joe Giovannetti said in reflection on his time as an MSLCE student. If his current position is any representation of that belief, then he is certainly reaping the benefits of his labor.(more…)
As a classically trained singer and self-described innovator Daniel Grambow has already been working professionally in the arts for over ten years. He sees engaging audiences as key to saving arts organizations, like orchestras and operas, and aims to do just that for the rest of his life. “I want to build equitable, efficient and effective arts organizations that celebrate local culture and innovate with their programming,” he said. “I hope to be leading arts organizations until I am old and gray.”(more…)
Ellen Lupton, Curator of Contemporary Design at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City recently gave a lively talk to the Northwestern community on the relationship between experimental artists and commercial design. Her talk parallels the current exhibit at Northwestern’s Block Museum of Art, “Up is Down: Mid-Century Experiments in Advertising and Film at the Goldsholl Studio.” Goldsholl Studio was a Chicago graphic design firm that worked through the 1950s and 70s. They became popular for their use of experimental art in commercial advertisement creations. The exhibit is named after the Millie Goldsholl short film Up Is Down (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjBn2YE-RoA). I would recommend watching this before you visit the exhibit to get a sense what type of work the Goldsholl’s did. It’s also an interesting and quick watch that, although made in 1969, is still relevant today. (more…)
Kayla DeSouza entered the MSCLE program knowing exactly what she wanted to do and now she is doing just that. DeSouza dreamed of working at an afterschool arts nonprofit and currently she is a fellow at The People’s Music School in Chicago.
“I am very passionate about where I work and our mission,” she said. “It was very spot on for what I wanted to do.” (more…)
Students in the School of Communication got valuable face-time with some of the biggest decision makers in film and television, thanks to the Office of External Programs, Internships, and Career Services (EPICS). The TV and Film Industry Connect networking event, hosted by EPICS, was designed to connect interested students with leaders from the local and national film and television industry in a causal, intimate setting that allowed for plenty of one-on-one conversations between students and the invited professionals. The MSCLE cohort had a good showing of attendees, adding to an energetic and engaged mix of students from across the School of Communication. (more…)
The currency of real networking is not greed, but generosity. – Keith Ferrazzi
Jonah Zeiger, Associate Director of EPICS (External Programs, Internships, & Career Services) at Northwestern University, presented on the power of relationships and looking for connections between others during his Pathways and Networks in the Creative Industries Seminar last week. As a fellow ENFP (which stands for: Extrovert, Intuitive, Feeling, Perceiving) on the Myers-Briggs scale, I have a special appreciation for those who champion the causes of others and there is no doubt that each of us in the MSLCE cohort left this seminar feeling championed! (more…)
By Miya Williams Fayne Jing Zhang’s parents encouraged her to play an instrument as a child as they believed it would positively impact her future. At eight years old she chose the Chinese zither, a traditional string instrument, and has been playing ever since. She loves that playing an instrument makes people “more sensitive” and opens up areas for personal discovery. “It is a really good way for me to share my personality,” she said. “My passion for music will always be there.” (more…)