Hello all! My name is Katie Johnson and I have had the awesome opportunity to serve as an intern in Adult Programs at Crystal Bridges. When I received the exciting news that I would be joining the Museum team for the summer, I felt it to be a bit daunting. ‘Adult’ programs? Does this mean that I have to starch my shirts? Bulk up my vocabulary? Know how to recommend fine wines? I assumed all of the fun, spontaneous creativity was reserved for Youth and Family programs. I can’t be the only one who wants to play with those puppets in the Experience Art Studio, right?
But in fact, through working in Adult Programs, I have realized that the sense of wonder and curiosity does not fade one bit when you reach adulthood.
Academy Award Nominee Sam Green made a recent visit to the Museum to host a live documentary experience titled The Measure of All Things. The film was inspired by the Guinness Book of World Records and from the first frame, guests were captivated by the quirky and at times unbelievable records Green had recorded in his travels. Half of the enjoyment of the screening was hearing the audience’s “ooo”s and “ahh”s at records such as the world’s longest fingernails (28 feet 4.5 inches!) or the longest time trapped in an elevator (41 hours!). There was a sense of child-like wonder among the audience. You could sense that people were experiencing something they never had before and continuing to learn.
This is the experience Crystal Bridges wants their guests to have. At my orientation, I was told that the Museum’s goal is to encourage guests to “Discover, Dream, and Do.” At our Open Mic Nights and concerts, I have seen people from all over Northwest Arkansas given an opportunity to discover Crystal Bridges’ collection and see their own artistic dreams become reality. It has been so gratifying to see the community engage not only with Crystal Bridges’ impressive collection, but also with the people sitting next to them.
Whether guests are enjoying a night of sipping fine wines and cocktails at Wednesdays Over Water or dancing in a conga line to the salsa stylings of La Calle Soul band at First Friday concerts, the purpose of these programs is not only to provide a night of enjoyment but also to connect and engage with the community.
So, while I will be graduating college in December and officially stepping into the world of adulthood, I have learned that you can never be too adult to keep the curiosity you had when you were a kid. We’re still the inquisitive kids we once were, just with better clothes and less braces. It has been a real treat to hang out with the big kids in Adult Programs and I will definitely be back to attend the many programs at Crystal Bridges that allow me to continue to Discover, Dream and Do!
Interested in learning more about internships available at Crystal Bridges? Watch our Employment and Internships page for opportunity postings!