From meeting the wonderful staff of Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) embracing the comedic minds of my fellow interns from week one to week three, there’s this ball of excitement inside of me to meet new people who are so open-minded to everything from music to clothing. They are comfortable with new things, which makes me feel open-minded. During week one of my internship I met plenty of people and learned what an office is really like. It is usually pretty quiet, calm, and organized compared to right outside on the UPenn campus where it’s usually a lot of traffic and loud students. In the office space you usually hear nothing but a lot of typing and the bell from the front door ringing. Here at ICA I am also taught how to understand the concept of art in a descriptive and a pretty brain-twisting way. For example, Katie showed me some pictures from her favorite artist, and she wanted me to look at them for a little while so I could give her an idea of what I think it meant. (New descriptive sentence).
Two women here at ICA that I really get to spend my time with and have had the honor of being taught things by them are Mrs. Jill Katz. She is one of the kindest women I’ve recently met and she is really helpful. I feel like I can ask anything about ICA, anything around it, and anything that shows her passion for her workspace. The other woman that I really got to sit down with and learn about is Katie. Katie is really humorous and different than I expected. She can be goofy and then she can become very professional with a bit of her personality in what we call “the agenda” — my objective book for my internship at ICA. Nonetheless, Katie has helped me become a better spectator of art and that’s only from knowing her a week. But, clearly I couldn’t have picked a better place to intern than ICA. The Bloomberg/ workready program has really chosen some great places for us interns to learn this summer.