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Being on WACTAC for the past 2 years has been one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had in high school. So when Witt asked Kaitlyn (2nd year WACTAC member) and I to attend the Generation O: Conference at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, I was more than thrilled to accept the offer. Although I was excited about the trip, I didn’t really know what to expect. I knew we would be meeting teenagers from around the country who were involved in similar museum related programs but I wasn’t sure what they would be like, and what I could gain from meeting these people.
Day one in Boston was a bit tiring. As soon Kaitlyn and I arrived in Boston, Witt immediately took us around the city to look at some colleges, and kind of get a feel for the area. It was Kaitlyn and my first time in Boston and I have to admit, it’s a gorgeous city. We met Rosana, the Teen Programs director at the ICA that night at dinner, as well as some other teen representatives and museum directors. It was nice to get a chance to meet people before the conference kicked off but I was too busy stuffing my face to really have a valuable dinner conversation with anyone. We ordered so much food that night. I had probably eaten enough for the whole weekend at that point…
From the moment I stepped into the big gray building, I was lured into a world of croisees and leaps, hip rolls and splits, breaking and popping. There were dancers at every corner of the space – and the tapping and sliding of feet along the marble floors became the only sounds in my existence, each and every subtle movement setting off a pulse in my veins. For Choreogrpaher’s Evening, widely acclaimed routines and respected dancers will fill the hallways of the Walker Art Center and the McGuire Theater for a night of exceptional independent dance. The show began with an installation called [...]
Rumor has it that grammy award winning rapper Jay-Z will be running for mayor of New York in 2009. Although some may roll their eyes at the 38 year old rapper who was apparently inspired by president-elect Barack Obama, I wouldn’t be so quick to pass judgement. As a New York native, Jay-Z teamed up with current Mayor Bloomberg and created a program this past summer called “Summer Streets” to keep young people active. Although this may be a bit of a stretch for the rapper, the idea doesn’t seem out of the question for me. Jay Z has articulated [...]
Alicia Keys‘ CD As I Am came out last Tuesday. I’m actually proud of Alicia Keys with this CD because in her first CD, Songs in A Minor sounds a lot like old R&B/Soul tunes and she basically just mimicked the people that influenced her. With Diary of Alicia Keys and this CD I think Alicia has found more of her own sound. My favorite songs off of this CD are “Superwoman”, “Like You’ll Never See Me Again”, “Lesson Learned”, “The Thing About Love”, “Prelude to a Kiss” and “Teenage Love Affair.” If you haven’t already, check some of this [...]
So today a couple of my friends and I headed downtown St. Paul to see Jennifer Baldwin and Christina Baldwin do a FREE opera show called Opera Demystified with the Skylark Opera…and of course it was awesome. It was the show that they usually do for students when they come to schools and it’s pretty much just like an opera 101…but Jennifer and Christina Baldwin made it really fun/funny and if they haven’t come to your school…you should get them to come (even if you think your not that big on opera) …BECAUSE….