Thursday, April 11, 2013

My next step

This is copied from a note I wrote on Facebook:

Hey everyone!!

While I still have some personal calls to make, I feel it's time to at least share this with everyone publicly. My time at Class Acts Arts is coming to an end, as I submitted my two weeks yesterday

It's been a wonderful and formative time after receiving my M.A. in Arts Management from American University, and has forever informed me on the power of arts and cultural experiences in non-traditional spaces, not in a theatre but in a school's auditorium, not in a gallery but in the multipurpose room at a children's hospital, not in a studio but in the public space of a government organization. And NOT at the expense of the traditional and established arts experiences at an institution, but to compliment and support them, as well as vice versa.

So on April 25, 2013, I begin my work at the Torpedo Factory in Old Town Alexandria, as their Marketing Manager. Now if you're not familiar with the Torpedo Factory, I highly recommend you check it out. And keep an eye out for the occasional post from me, which hopefully educate, entertain, or do some combination of the two. But I also promise that my personal page won't become all Torpedo Factory, all the time.

And...yeah, I'm pretty stoked!! Especially as I work to complete my certificate in Digital Media Management at Georgetown's School of Continuing Studies, I'm excited to jump into the deep end of the Visual Arts world. Also, if and when I do my job right, I can't wait for all of you to join me at some point, whether the Torpedo Factory is a place you're very familiar with or haven't even heard of before, whether you're in the area or might only ever get to know it and its artists digitally.

Oh, and don't worry. This does NOT mean that I'm not going to be involved or engaged in the performing arts either on stage or off. In fact, I've already got a number of ideas for cross-disciplinary collaborations and opportunities, but also plan to get back into my dancing in my free time!! I'll stop there, though.

Thanks to everyone I've gotten a chance to work with while at Class Acts Arts, and I can't wait until our paths cross again, in any capacity!! And I can't wait to meet all the artists I'll be working with!! In the meantime artist or not, especially if you're ever down in Old Town, you know where to set your sights if you want to find me.

JR
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