WRITTEN BY LI-PING HSIAO
My name is Li-Ping Hsiao and I am an international Graduate student in the Arts Management program at George Mason University. This Fall I have been interning with Mason’s Potomac Arts Academy, assisting with a wide variety of tasks and learning about Arts Marketing.
In September 2011, I joined the marketing department of the National Symphony Orchestra as a part-time worker over in Taiwan, where I am from. From this job, I learned the administrative operation of government organizations and non-profit business organizations. In May 2011, I was accepted to the post of an administrative part-time worker in one of the famous percussion schools in Taiwan, Ju Percussion Music School. This job enabled me to learn about the administrative and operational aspects of the music classroom; the multi-pronged communications with parents, teachers, and the director; and concert marketing. My tasks helped me to learn about marketing, business operations, communications, and the importance of organization.
Now, during my studies in the Arts Management Program at Mason, I have had the experience of interning at Bethesda Summer Music Festival as a Production Assistant, the San Francisco International Arts Festival as a Marketing Assistant, and Mason’s School of Music Concert Band. Those working experiences, along with those in my home country of Taiwan, have inspired my interest in the field. Along with these, my current internship with Mason’s Potomac Arts Academy has helped me realize that the quality and maintenance of an arts program (whether performance, educational program, or other) requires the support of a dedicated administrative team. A perfect performance corresponds with an excellent arts organization; an excellent arts organization corresponds with a strong administrative team; and a strong administrative team must certainly have a great administrative leader. Through the accumulation of practical internship experiences, I am able to apply my acquired knowledge to all sorts of performing arts programs.
I feel like the things I’ve learned in my internships here will help me become an arts leader back in Taiwan, even though the arts and cultural landscape are different than in the United States. I would also like to help build a cultural bridge between the U.S. and Asia through the arts!
Thanks to Li-Ping for all of her help at the office this Fall!
– Mason Potomac Arts Academy Staff