My name is Travis Walsh. I’m a graduate of Apex High School and I have spent my spring semester as an Education Intern for CAM Raleigh. Over the past four months I have had the time of my life helping out around CAM. I have had the chance to help out with some amazing programs such as Arthouse 2013, the Teen Art Exhibition, and First Friday and work with artists like Ryan Travis Christian.
Before coming to CAM I had never been a part of First Friday. So I wasn’t really sure what to expect. It was a very new and different experience. I ran the Creation Station at the March First Friday where we made broaches with volunteers from Oaks + Spokes. People of all ages came and enjoyed the creation station. They always had smiles on their faces and were raving about First Friday.
Towards the end of my internship I had a chance to work with CAM’s Teen Council on the Teen Art Exhibition. I was tasked with collecting and cataloging art for the exhibition. The theme for the show was “Greater Than, Less Than” and it encouraged students to work on a very large scale or a very small scale. Pieces ranged from a robot the size of your finger to an eight foot wide painting of a cow. When the show opened people were able to cast ballots for their favorite pieces. The show drew tons of attention during the May First Friday.
I have to say my favorite time at CAM was when I helped out Cayce Lee with her all day printmaking workshop. I have never had the chance to work with printmaking before, so it was a learning process for me as well. The workshop taught students basic print making skills and how to use stencils to design t-shirts. I had the chance to do some printing myself and had tons of fun helping out Cayce with her workshop.
My time here at CAM has been an unforgettable experience. From painting walls to sorting papers, I feel like I have done it all. My internship has helped me realize that Raleigh has a booming art culture that isn’t going to stop growing anytime soon. My time here at CAM has been amazing, and I look forward to helping out with future events.