After many long days and countless hours of pinning craft ideas to Pinterest, adjusting materials, and making activities more suitable for kids, I finally moved onto the next step of being a Teen and Youth Programs Intern at the MAH. You might be asking yourself what that next step was, well lets just say it required a great deal of felt, paint, toilet paper/paper towel rolls, tacky glue, and a very, very hot-glue gun.
Now I never thought that when I accepted my internships at the museum that I’d spend so much of my time covered in tempera paint, hot glue and feathers, or cutting down paper towel rolls with exacto knives and scissors. Or that I’d be making countless unicorn horn headbands and having to beg for the prototype back from Sandino, one of our wonderful supervisors. To be honest though I wouldn’t have it any other way. The numerous weeks spent on these projects was so much fun and allowed a wonderful creative outlet for myself and so many visitors during the MAH’s 3rd Friday event Games and Folklore.
The extensive planning and preparation for two activities (Toilet Paper Trolls and Unicorn Horns) was certainly a lot of work and became tiring at some points, but the truth is there’s no other way I would have preferred to spend my time.
My internship officially began in May of 2014 when I started working on the first ever Summer Teen Art Market with my fantastic and brilliant supervisor Emily Hope Dobkin and fellow intern Alex Jackson, and since then I have experienced non -stop joy coming from the work I do with the MAH. Clearly seeing children’s and adults faces light up with joy and creativity when making a toilet paper tube troll in The Enchanted Forest for Kid Happy Hour, or helping them making a custom unicorn horn headband at the Mythical Makeovers station, filled my heart with so much happiness and joy that I was smiling non-stop. In fact, look back on it now I still am overcome with joy.
Carmen Palacios-Chisolm, while she maintains her duties as troll and unicorn keeper, is also a Teen and Youth Programs intern this summer at the MAH