When the new year started nearly seven months ago, I had no idea just how much my life would change. As I am sure much of the world has experienced, my life since January has seen skyscraper highs and valley lows. Even so, I am very conscious of the fact that I am among the few blessed enough to have been afforded rare opportunities in this time, and for that, I am grateful.
One of the opportunities presented to me was this 10-week internship program. As a member of the 2020 cohort with the Diversity in the Arts Internship Program, I am tasked with finding ways to further diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of the organization that I am placed with. The idea that I might get the chance to partner with a nonprofit organization to further diversity, equity, and inclusion within the arts world seemed like a new and exciting undertaking for me. This program was unlike anything I had done before and amid a worldwide pandemic, it is being delivered in a way that no one has ever seen before. When I was offered the position, I felt determined to make the most of my time and leave a positive impact behind.
I started working with the Newman Center June 1st and right away I noticed that none of the projects met my expectations. The work exceeded my expectations. I felt heard, important, and included in everything I participated in. I was welcomed among the staff with open arms and told many times that my opinions and ideas were valuable. I realized that it’s true what they say, “When you do what you love, it won’t feel like work” and it never did. I knew that the work I was doing held value and could help bring useful change to the Newman Center.
From planning Community Engagement events to learning about Marketing and Communications, I have loved every bit of my time at the Newman Center. Due to Covid-19, the internship looks nothing like how it was designed to look but it still has taught me much in the way of nonprofit work in the arts. Every day feels like a new adventure and I can’t wait to see what happens next.
Genesis Green is a student at UNC Greeley and will writing several more NCPA News posts in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!