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by Jaq Nigg | Jul 26, 2012

by Lisa Watt, festivals and markets coordinator

 

In my “real life,” I’m part of the team that plans Indian Market and Festival, WestFest, Women in Art Market, Winter Market and Mercado. But, as a graduate student in the IUPUI Museum Studies program, each summer I get to moonlight at a different museum as an intern. This year, I’m “on loan” to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque, NM for six weeks, and I’m determined to make the most of it.

For fledgling museum professionals, the opportunity to intern at different museums is a wonderful experience. Everything I learn will undoubtedly help me in the future, from the relationships I’m forming to working with collections (as I did last year at the Whipple Company Store and Appalachian Heritage Museum in Scarbo, WV) to working with development as I’m doing now. My primary projects are to assist with their annual gala and on their summer membership drive. This represents a totally different side of the museum world than what I do at the Eiteljorg: working with education and public programs, where we are challenged to incorporate all sides of the mission into (hopefully) fun and educational programs, oftentimes on a shoestring budget.

 

The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center seems to be poised to blossom into a premier cultural organization in the Southwest; primarily due to their connections with the nineteen pueblos (8 Northern and 11 more). The museum is located on the land where the Albuquerque Indian School was from 1881-1982. There is one original building remaining from the school, which they plan to turn into The Institute for Pueblo Indian Studies, and will welcome academics not only from the Southwest, but from around the world.

 

This is a wonderful and busy time of the year to be in Albuquerque. So much is happening, including many of the pueblo feast days, the International Folk Art FestivalSpanish Market and the Santa Fe Indian Market. This past weekend, I attended the Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo Arts and Craft Show and Market (formerly 8 Northern). It was funny to talk to artists that know me from Indian Market and Festival, because it would take a minute for them to place me. I would greet them and they would look at me like, “how do I know you?” before it clicked. I also met some great artists that I hope apply to our show.

Since it is monsoon season, it rains almost every afternoon and produces the most brilliant rainbows that I've ever seen. No wonder so many artist come here to paint, the colors are indescribable. I cannot wait to get out on the weekends and enjoy all that New Mexico has to offer before coming back to the “real world” in Indiana.

 

 

 

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