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Giddy Up! An Arts In Action Internship!


Jun 11, 2013 Advocacy, Grant Writing, Presentations, Program Management, Storytelling , , , 10 Comments

Hello Arts In Action community and blog readers! My name is Hallie and I will be your trusty cyber intern this summer. Why a virtual internship, you might ask? Well, lucky for me, Grace-Anne has allowed me to learn from the team at Arts In Action through technological communication and my own personal experiences here in Boston as they forge the Routes To Self-Determination and Self-Advocacy! A virtual internship does not require me to show up in person. It doesn’t even require me to change out of my pajamas! But rest assured, I am here to travel this journey with everyone.

I must admit, I have never blogged for anything with more than one reader (my mom). This is all a new experience for me! Currently, I am an incoming senior at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts studying Anthropology and Community Health. As my undergraduate education is coming to a close, I am eager to acquire skills that will ease the entrance into a workforce of route plowers! I believe that Arts In Action’s team of multidisciplinary genius types are the ones who can show me the way.

I recently returned from a semester abroad in Kenya, Africa. For the first time since childhood, I got the chance to say “no” to classrooms, desks, and dozing. My first experience conducting field work helped me recognize the value of interpersonal interaction, mindful inquiry, chain sampling to and from each spot of research, and TRANSIT (More on all of that throughout the next weeks in my blog). I spent the past six months, the most educational months of my life,  on several modes of transportation. Therefore, skills I wish to develop as a virtual intern with Arts In Action will not materialize unless I am active. Realizing that I learn best when in active spaces was something that makes me feel a strong sense of self, and I appreciate Grace-Anne for accepting this. Although I will be checking in from a comfy chair over here, I plan to take advantage of Boston’s vast resource landscape in order to get the most out of this visual internship as I integrate ideas with real life scenarios. Here are some of my internship goals:

– An intentional and efficient relationship with technology (research and social media)

– If one needs a grant…where does one start?!?

– How can my experiences help me to contribute to brainstorm and other efforts at Arts in Action this summer?

If you have any ideas, book recommendations, walking paths, or New England-specific activities that could help me get the most out of this internship, please comment below or email me at hallie.abelman5@gmail.com

Until next week…

-Hallie Abelman, Arts In Action 2013 Summer Intern




  • Enee
    Jun 12, 2013 at 12:50 am Reply

    Hi Hallie,
    This is very exciting. I am thrilled that you have this opportunity and count me in as a loyal reader!

    1. g1alfiero
      Jun 12, 2013 at 9:49 am Reply

      Hi Enee!
      Thanks for being such an incredible source of support for Hallie, Arts In Action, The Florida Self-Advocacy Movement, and Diane White of Program Design! What a great friend, mom and role model you are!


  • Crawford
    Jun 17, 2013 at 4:03 pm Reply


    I am looking forward to navigating the technological tangle with you! How often can I expect a new post?

    Also, here is a website I think you might like: http://undergroundnewyorkpubliclibrary.com/

    Good luck,


  • Amanda
    Jun 17, 2013 at 9:25 pm Reply

    This is great! You’re an amazing writer, an innovative thinker, and I am so excited for you. Can’t wait for the next post! 🙂

  • Aaron
    Jun 18, 2013 at 4:40 am Reply

    I enjoyed reading this Hallie! So impressed by your writing/humor. I look forward to what is to come. Your big brother loves your very much.

    1. g1alfiero
      Jun 18, 2013 at 1:01 pm Reply

      AWWWW, that is so sweet Aaron!

  • Joan Short
    Jun 18, 2013 at 4:40 am Reply

    Hallie, it sounds like you are just the person to give great thoughts and ideas for Art in Action. I will be looking forward to reading it and seeing how you sh

  • Joan Short
    Jun 18, 2013 at 4:48 am Reply

    Show how to integrate your ideas into action.
    Looking forward to reading more.
    Love you, Aunt Joanie

  • Rachel
    Jun 18, 2013 at 10:05 am Reply

    Hi Hallie!

    Arts in Action sounds like an amazing organization. This will definitely be a great learning experience! I am really excited for your upcoming blog posts and to learn what you will be doing as a “cyber intern”.

    May the forces be with you.

    Good luck!

    XO, Rachel

  • Hallie Abelman
    Jun 18, 2013 at 1:23 pm Reply

    Thanks for all the encouragement everyone! Stay tuned!

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