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As a girl from small town Mint Hill, North Carolina, I had no idea what I would experience when I accepted a PR and Marketing internship with City Parks Foundation and SummerStage. In my mind I’d be seeing some great concerts and experiencing some cool places in the city while getting to use things I’ve learned at Elon University. Since then I’ve experienced a range of emotions from fear all the way to gratitude.
My first day on the job was working in the office for a few hours and heading to Brownsville, Brooklyn. To state what is obvious to most who live here in the city, Brownsville is VERY different from my small town in NC. I was definitely experiencing some fear when I stepped off the train and didn’t have any sense of belonging.
After passing out schedules around the neighborhood, and receiving many date offers, it was time for the concert to begin. The crowd began to fill in and the DJ was awesome. People were having the best time and by the end of the show they were coming up to us at the marketing tent and thanking us for inviting them and for having the concert in their neighborhood.
This set the tone for the rest of the summer. Whether I’m saving photos, posting our schedule on events pages or monitoring social media, I know that at the end of my work day I get to see a concert that reaches hundreds of people right in their own neighborhood. A community comes together for the arts. That’s how I would summarize SummerStage. We are unifying a community, one concert at a time.