Have been frustrating, to say the least. I’m not here to gripe, well no actually this is my blog and I can bitch all I want, but I’m so done with this job thing, so I’ll keep it short (Note: Not actually short).
The Summer Youth Employment Program (Shit, The Kids Need To Do Stuff So They Don’t Kill Each Other), started by our “lovely” Mayor, basically provides jobs to DC youth ages 14-21, or at least it’s supposed too. These “jobs” range from getting assigned to a national park that sends you home every day after half an hour because they don’t need you, to a White House Internship that has you working 9-5 every day. My position is with the, let’s call it the “DC Commission On Artsy Shit” (DCCOAS), and it falls in between. The job has two parts; let’s call them “Dubious Art Project” and “More Legit TrueFacts Job.”
The Dubious Art Project takes place in Anacostia. Anacostia is in South East DC. SE is known for its gun violence. The wall right across from the building we work in used to be a “murder wall.” It had the name and date of death for everyone in the neighborhood who had been killed. It was nearly full. Now, there are really nice parts of SE, and where I’m working doesn’t look (mostly) like the projects, but I’ve lived here for a really long time, and prior to this summer, had only been in Anacostia once. I was doing clean-up on the Anacostia River, so it kind of doesn’t count. Now, I will be spending all of my Tuesdays in Anacostia. You can’t imagine my joy.
The DAP has many parts: a mural, 3 documentrais, and a radio program all about Anacostia. I am on the Radio Program, and by August we’ll hopefully have a half-hour segment that will go on NPR. Whoo, NPR! The downside is that all of the other “deliverables” (the official term for the DAP’s) need research and “stories,” and my group is responsible for all of them. Read: Now that Alexis has started doing Real! College! Reaserch! It will never stop.
We met the artists we’ll be working with, and they are totally legit. It’s mostly the DCCOAS that’s failing. They are, and I quote, “building this ship as we sail it.” Now I’m not a shipwright, but that sounds like a very Bad Idea. But hey! I’m Not In Charge. I do have some hope for the Dubious Art Project.
Now, the More Legit TrueFacts Job still hasn’t started. I secured the position of Press and Media Assistant at an art gallery awhile ago. I’ve been e-mailing my boss for like weeks, but she can’t have me start till STKNTDSSTDKE says I can start. Which is now next Wednesday, more than a week after I was supposed to start. Instead, I’ve been going to “orientations” for two days to get placed at a position I already had, or, like yesterday, not needing to go into “work” till 4:30, when I had to interview for a position I already had. The interview started at 5:00, and I basically made jokes the entire time. But my boss said they liked me, so bully for me!
Today all I had to do was turn in 4 different pieces of writing, 3 of which I conveniently already had. This will count for my hours this week since technically, STKNTDSSTDKE started on Monday. Whoops?
This was not short at all, but there’s really no concise way of explaining this. But! In happier news, the cupcakes at Border’s are really good and I have a cute new vest. Priorities!
This Week= God, is it over?