Hi! My name is Anna Gonzales and I’m the Education Intern here at CAM Raleigh. During my semester here at CAM I’ve experienced a little taste of everything a museum has to offer. I’ve had the opportunity to work closely with the new amazing teen council, helped out with open studios, and had the chance to participate in many of CAM’s big events. As a Graphic Design junior at NC State College of Design, I’ve also had the opportunity to do some in-house design for CAM creating a variety of projects and activities.
I spent a lot of my time at CAM working with and helping the Teen Council. The council meets once a week and is full of some of the most enthusiastic and creative characters around. I helped the teens with their various projects within CAM and spent a lot of time interacting and talking with them to aid them in their efforts. Since it is CAM’s first Teen Council we spent time looking at other art institutions’ teen councils and what kind of events and activities they participated in and created. I helped them bounce ideas off each other and think of the possibilities they might have overlooked. Their first big event was FANime (an anime event for teens). For this event, I helped them ideate activities that they could offer and helped out where they needed me. FANime was a great success and I think it really inspired and showed the Teen Council what kind of impact they could have with the teen community. Working with and getting to know the teens on the council has been an awesome experience.
As the Education Intern, I was able to help with most of the events CAM hosted. First Fridays, Thirds Fridays, and Family Sundays were always a opportunity to interact with museum patrons, especially the kids. We would always have a hands on activity for visitors to make and take home. For these activities I would help with set up and clean up as well as demonstrating the activity to visitors during the event (that is when I wasn’t on button duty or gallery patrol). During the December First Friday, I had the opportunity to create the hands on activity for the night. My activity was called Clip Art and consisted of using paper clips and assorted decorating materials to make paperclip bookmarks or pinned-on flare to wear. I also designed a how-to instruction sheet to aid visitors in their Clip Art creations. It was exciting to see a project that I created and planned actually happen in the museum.
CAM is such a unique place because it not only lets you see and appreciate art and design it also lets you create it. CAM is an innovative and inspiring place full of amazing people and I count myself lucky to have had the chance to be a part of it.