Truck Studio Intern Profile: Kelsey Cavin

Meet Kelsey! Kelsey Cavin began working for A.W.E. as a high school intern for Truck Studio in 2014 while attending the Milwaukee High School of the Arts. Since then, Kelsey has worked for A.W.E. as an office intern and a college level Truck Studio intern- and she plans to keep working for us this upcoming summer! Here’s more:

Kelsey with a Truck Studio participant at Burnham Park

What motivated you to apply to our internship?

I’ve known I’ve wanted to work with kids for a long time. In high school, I was batting around the idea of majoring in art education, so A.W.E. seemed like the most applicable option to me. Plus, I wanted to work outside, and gain some job experience that might be versatile when I’m trying to pay for school.

Why does art matter to you?

Art is my favoritest thing in the world, ever.  I mean totally and completely. I’m devoted to it. Completely head over heels. It’s the most versatile method of communication out there; imagery can convey things there aren’t words for. I think that’s really incredible, that you can literally show another person how you see. It’s even crazier that they can see things you didn’t put there on purpose! Art is bonding and it’s talking.

What skills did you develop during your time working for A.W.E?

As a young person, the social and professional skills I gained there did me a lot of good. Reanna is a really patient person and probably the best first boss a kid could ask for! I learned a lot about resume building, how to act in interviews, hiring process, professionalism, etc… It helped a lot with an old phobia I had of talking to strangers, too. Having to talk to parents and community members helped me overcome that.

What was the best part of your internship?

Always and forever, conversing with kids. They are so smart, they have so many ideas, so much to say. I learn so much when I’m working with them, about art and myself. They have super open minds. They suggest the most outrageous stuff, but I always start thinking, well, why can’t we execute this idea? Just being privileged enough to experience and be included in their raw perceptions and musing of the world is awesome.

Do you have a favorite memory from the summer?

I have loads! In my first year, at the end of programming, we all went to Noodles and Company together. This is sentimental, but it was like, one of the first times I went out to eat with a lot of people, and felt like I belonged there.

And of course there’s tons of unforgettable kids! This little girl from Tippecanoe Library, Ruari, was just the most hilarious kid I’d ever met…She made her mom an 8.5”x 11” accordion style “card,” that, I kid you not, was about 15 double sided pages of flower drawings. I mean it–it wasn’t even a card, it was a book, but she was calling it a card. She was hilarious and totally unrestricted. Her project covered a whole table. I strive to be more like Ruari, so free and out there.

Has working at A.W.E. helped you realize any creative or professional goals?

I think it definitely solidified my interest in doing art with/for kids. I’d always liked them but I didn’t realize they were actual artistic geniuses ​until I started doing A.W.E.

What would you say to someone thinking of applying to work for A.W.E?

It’s the best, man! Seriously, there’s not a more fun job out there. However, I only advise it if you genuinely care about it. Nothing’s more discouraging to a kid than you not caring; they can tell when you don’t.