Art to Go See

For those of you in the DC area, I thought I’d share my recommendations for art galleries and exhibitions that are new or coming soon to the city. ARTECHOUSE: Opened in June 2017, this new gallery is tucked away near l’Enfant Plaza amidst government and other office buildings. Their current exhibition “XYZT” is a virtual…

Reflections on the Summer

It feels like the summer passed so quickly! It was strange not getting on the Metro this morning and heading into work. However, I’m so thankful for this experience and for meeting all the lovely and amazing people that I did this summer. Here are some of my final thoughts on my internship: I really…

Day 32: Last Day is on Fire!

Today is my last and final day as a F|S DMT intern, and it was, literally, on fire- the Smithsonian Castle next door caught fire and the entire building had to be evacuated. Luckily, the fire was small and contained and no one was hurt. I was heading out to meet 2 other interns for…

Day 31: A Trip to NMAAHC

Today was Nina’s and Chelsea’s last day, so Ryan treated the office to lunch out. We braved the rain and headed to the popular Sweet Home Café in the new National Museum of African American History and Culture. It smelled amazing in the cafeteria! Chelsea and I chose the BBQ chicken, Ryan had the empanadas,…

Days 29 and 30: Finishing Up the Week

Instagram Stories is still going strong! On Thursday, after a visit to the National Portrait Gallery, Chelsea and I got to go behind the scenes of a new exhibit, Resound: Bells of Ancient China with its curator, Keith Wilson. Although still being installed, Keith showed us around the collection of 60 bells ranging in size…

Day 28: More IG Stories

Today was a little laid back: Nina and I went up to the photo studio to film Robb, a photographer, for today’s IG stories. We had him take us behind the scenes for his work, including shooting a jade, which will be part of an extensive online catalogue. After lunch, Nina and I went down…

Day 27: Published!

It’s great to get your work published online so you start building a professional online presence, and today I got to experience that! I’ve been recruiting interns to write for the Freer|Sackler Bento blog, which has been a great lesson in communication and organization. Interns are doing interesting things all across the board and with…

Days 25 and 26: SoundCloud

Another task Ryan had for me involved the Freer|Sackler’s presence on SoundCloud. Most of you are probably familiar with the site, but for those of you that aren’t, it’s a platform where you can upload and distribute audio, as well as record and promote music and podcasts. F|S has a podcast channel on the site: https://soundcloud.com/freersackler…

Day 24: User Testing and Dry Run

Remember that Wayfinding project I helped out with in the Freer a few weeks ago? Today Nina and I helped Dani out again, this time with user testing for the audio guide on the app Dani’s creating. This involved going into our only open exhibition, Turquoise Mountain, and asking visitors if they’d be willing to…

Day 23: Folger Shakespeare Library

Today is going to be a bit of a fangirl post, so feel free to click away if Shakespeare, old books, and Elizabethan England aren’t your thing. Thanks to Melda’s connections from the IIIF conference in June, the entire DMT department got to visit the Folger Shakespeare Library for a private tour and a demonstration with…

Day 22: Preparing to Launch

After another conference call with Chris, we had more information about the dry-run week of our Snapchat and Instagram stories. Today, I created fake accounts (shhhhh!) on Snapchat and Instagram for our fake week of content. Only a few staff members will have access to these accounts so we can get feedback on what works…

Days 20 and 21: A Bit of Everything

Wednesday and Thursday I bounced around between projects. Wednesday I did some more editing on the Snapchat/IG storyboards that Chris had commented on, tweaking them so they can hopefully be added to a master calendar of the stories. Next, I moved on to a project I’d worked on over the weekend- creating social media posts…