Internship at DC JazzFest: Inspirational Nonprofit by Mari Takeda
I began my arts administration internship with the DC Jazz Festival this past May, and learned so much valuable information from the staff and everyone else involved. I worked in the office and on site at various venues throughout the festival in June, getting to meet the artists and enjoying their amazing performances. As a musician myself, I was inspired by the energy artists brought to the crowd and the upbeat responses of the audience. Getting to see this year’s festival from beginning through post-production – and the preparation for next year’s festival, has been fascinating. I was at the Dis is ‘Da Drum series as part of the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center and seeing a series dedicated to drums and percussion was very special to me. The series allowed amazing drummers and percussionists including, Victor Provost (steel pan), Tom Teasley (world percussion), and Nasar Abadey (drum set) to showcase their talents every day of the series, and the audience was able to experience their unique style for free - right on the Millennium Stage.
Being a part of something that offers a great deal to the community has taught me what it means to be a non-profit organization. The festival that included family-friendly events, unique opportunities for young artists, such as the DC Jazz Prix, and performances by incredible artists at multiple venues, brought joy and passion of music to everyone involved. I am very thankful for the opportunity to have been able to intern for the wonderful DCJF team this summer.