Art and Heritage in Washington D.C.

If there’s one thing I was excited for in Washington D.C., it’s the plethora of museums. Knowing there would be plenty of museums and organizations throughout the city that my Southern Utah University Arts Administration classmates and I could enjoy gave as all excitement and anticipation. Unfortunately, I realized I would only be able to see a few museums this visit instead of every single one on my list. My admiration for cultural preservation and passion for art steered me in the direction of a few notable places that piqued my interest. If you love art and culture as much as I do, take a look at the visits that have become some of my favorite places. Continue Reading ›

Memorials and Monuments in Washington D.C.

My first visit to Washington D.C. had been nearly 20 years ago, but the experience of seeing the Hope Diamond and First Ladies’ inaugural ball gowns stayed with me all of these years. Friends and acquaintances who have lived in this city loved the abundance of activities and sites to explore and continually share their enthusiasm for the area. Learning I would be re-visiting this city for Arts Advocacy Day, I was eager to arrive and explore every inch of Washington D.C. While photos of the memorials and monuments along the National Mall and Memorial Parks can be seen just about anywhere, seeing them in person is what makes a stronger impact. Continue Reading ›

A Visit to the Baltimore Museum of Art

On the way to Washington D.C. for Arts Advocacy Day, Katie and Cameron (my graduate school classmates) and I decided one thing had to be done: Visit Baltimore and eat Captain Crunch French Toast. In order to make our goals happen, we purchased tickets on a red-eye flight that would land us in Baltimore early in the morning. Despite the fact that we were met with biting cold weather, we ventured out into Baltimore after devouring breakfast at the Blue Moon Café. Our main destination? The Baltimore Museum of Art. With student loans and budgets on our minds, we were excited this site is free admission, and as Arts Administration students, we’re even more excited to explore a museum with exquisite art. Continue Reading ›

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

If you read my last post about Pittsburgh, you already know my family’s main reason for visiting involved my mom’s sense of adventure and my dad’s desire to see Los Angeles Dodger victories against the Pittsburgh Pirates. From my previous posts about Petco Park in San Diego, California and my affinity for the underdog, you already know baseball has always been a part of my life as long as I can remember. Not only am I named after the Brooklyn Dodgers, but my dad has also written a book Legend for the Legendary: The Origin of the Baseball Hall of Fame about whether or not Abner Doubleday invented baseball, and my family has been proud visitors and members of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Although there’s plenty going on in my life as I struggle to arrange housing for a fall internship in Chicago, watching the games at PNC Park reminds me of how baseball is always there to remind me to not give up hope and solutions will develop when I least expect it.  At PNC Park, I begin to see that baseball is more than a game. Continue Reading ›

Pittsburgh: Beyond the Steelers

When I told friends I was visiting Pittsburgh, most responses were a mix between curiosity and uncertainty. Known for being a blue collar and industrial city, Pittsburgh may not seem to have character or charm. However, I found quite the opposite. While others may choose to travel to New York City or Washington D.C. further east or visit other northeastern cities like Chicago or Boston, Pittsburgh has art, history, and culture all its own. Pittsburgh may seem to only attract sports fans for the Steelers or an occasional Pirates fan, but there’s more to this city than what you’d expect. Although my main reason for visiting involves watching the Los Angeles Dodgers play the Pittsburgh Pirates, I find there’s more to discover in this unique city. Continue Reading ›