Company/Organization: Bergen Performing Arts Center
Topic of Internship
The Bergen Performing Arts Center was created in the grand performance hall of the former John Harms Center, which closed to the shock and heartbreak of Bergen County’s large community of culture lovers, families and students. From 1976 to 2003, the John Harms Center grew to become the one of the largest performing arts centers in New Jersey. It was unquestionably one of the leading cultural institutions in the state. With matchless vintage acoustics, the auditorium hosted world-class events. In April 2003, a group of concerned citizens, headed by Englewood resident Frank Huttle III, formed Bergen PAC and developed a business plan to forge a true public/private partnership, engaging all sectors of the community and bringing together corporations, governments and residents, each adding the commitment and support necessary to renew this unique arts center.
Summary of Internship
The extremely pleasant employees at Bergen PAC have the determination in what they do and that makes me want to give 100% in any task that is put in front of me. As an intern at Bergen PAC I have been exposed to a lot of different situations that is very new too me. My mentor Mark Green has let me go over contracts for certain artists that plan on performing there, which gives me a better understanding of the process before the concerts. There are different parts to Bergen PAC which is the main office upstairs and then the box office. Most people think that the box office is not important because they just give out tickets but there is more too it then just that. They have an important job in which they have too deal with different types of people and they go through a lot of ups and downs throughout the day. This internship taught me that there are a lot of people behind the curtains that should be given praise for the work that they put into to making Bergen PAC able to keeping thriving.
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