Time Flies When You’re Unemployed

May 5, 2014 § Leave a comment

Well, time flies when you’re volunteering an ass-ton at least. Which I am. And I’m trying to go to all the events in Birmingham, which is pretty much impossible, but I think trying is still respectable. Here’s what I’ve been up to (which should explain why I haven’t posted in a while):

  • Volunteered two days (total of about 23 hours) at the Magic City Art Connection. Was too busy volunteering that I didn’t actually get to see any of the art, so next year I’ll be more intentional about taking time to walk around. Was asked to be on the MCAC Board next year. BALLER!
  • Volunteered at the Birmingham AIDS Outreach Arty Party, one of their big annual fundraisers. Attended said party and did not bid on any art, which was super dumb, because my artistic tastes are so different from everyone else’s that the pieces I liked didn’t have a single bid on them at the end! I could have gotten them for $20/each. Was asked to be on the Arty Party Committee next year. BALLER!
  • I’ll be volunteering for the Girls on the Run race this weekend and for Do Dah Day in two weeks as well. Next month, I’ll be volunteering at the Magic City Brewfest! Would be more exciting if I could drink on the job… JUST KIDDING (no I’m not). 

I’ve also got some other things brewing in my little pot of opportunities:

  • I’m spending the summer like I did last summer — working in the studio of a local artist through a program designed by the Joan Mitchell Foundation in New York. It’s just part-time though, so don’t get too excited. 
  • I’m teaching a monthly art workshop this summer with the newly-founded Magic City Acceptance Center, part of Birmingham AIDS Outreach. I’m soooo excited about working with the students. They’re all LGBTQ teenagers who can use all the support, enthusiasm, and optimism that they can get because growing up in Alabama can be super tough for that group. 
  • I’m working with Space One Eleven, a local gallery and art center, to revamp their mentorship program which runs during the school year to help students develop portfolios and college applications. One item on today’s to-do list is to type up all of my ideas for the Education Coordinator so she can see my vision for the program. 
  • My photographs and writings are being published a dear friend of mine’s new magazine, which is very exciting for everyone involved! I think the magazine will appeal to a large group of people, so I have no doubt it’s going to be successful. Plus the world needs more arts magazines. You can never have too many!

I still need to get my ass back in the gym and start eating more healthily (I’m completely broke and living entirely off a new credit card so I try to buy as little food as possible. I think I have some humus and a can of soup right now.) but I have made leaps and bounds as far as cleaning my apartment is concerned. Only two loads of laundry left! And they’re little loads. I need to get more serious about making art too, but I’m having difficulty sitting down and Just Do[ing] It, Nike style. 

I think I’m actually getting better, too. I don’t know if the new med cocktail is actually working or if it’s just a change in attitude, but I’ve had not one, not two, not THREE, but FOUR of my supervisors thank me for my positive, can-do attitude and reassuring, calm presence in the face of stress. And they’re talking about ME. HOW. WEIRD. IS. THAT. This year is finally turning around, me thinks! 

Looking forward to a mini-vacation in Chattanooga this week with an old friend of mine. Should be a good trip, though I imagine it will feel too short. Plus the hotel we got is gorgeous and historic, and it’s downtown so we can just walk everywhere instead of worrying about driving, parking, etc. When we get back, my parents will be in town! And there’s a digital art festival this weekend! All good things. Plus the weather has been absolutely gorgeous over the last few days, which makes me super happy as well. 

I should be hearing back either this week or next week about a job I interviewed for at a local museum here. Fingers crossed! It would be a great fit for me, I think. I’ve got another interview tomorrow which I think I’m mostly qualified for but I’m not sure I’m ready to give up museums yet. With all this volunteering and so many art events lately, I’m really feeling how much I fucking love art. Lordy. It’s ridiculous. It’s such a part of me, I think it always will be no matter where I end up or what I end up doing. 

So all in all, things are going great! All I need is a job. 🙂 

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