Contributing to Democracy
I had wanted the position because I felt that working at OFTA would combine my interest in politics with my love of art. Though I was excited to begin the internship, I had no idea what to expect.
Looking back, I see my experience was even more fulfilling than I could have imagined. My time at OFTA was spent busily; I helped around the office, worked on data entry and attended several meetings. But the internship was also incredibly enriching and informing. I can confidently say that I come away from it all having learned more about the political system, state elections, and, of course, art.
“My summer internship at Oklahomans For The Arts taught me about how many ways I could contribute to democracy”
I’ve always had an interest in politics, but when the presidential primaries started this year my interest became focused on the science of it, what politicians do to win specific demographics, why speeches are written in certain ways and so forth.
I started checking statisticians’ websites to see the likelihood of certain events and through this I got frustrated. I would see the numbers and percentages predicting who would win in my home state and feel like I, as an underage citizen, had no control over any of it.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think fifteen year olds should vote, but since I had grown incredibly invested, it was hard to feel so useless. To remedy this, I phone banked a little for a candidate, but as a busy student there was only so much I could do.
“Through my work at OFTA, I realized how much happens at a state and local level, especially in a field like art, which also depends on quality education.”
>So it wasn’t while working at OFTA, but rather while visiting Quartz Mountain, where my brother had just finished Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute, that I was reminded about the power of arts programs.
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