Well, today commenced the second week of full time classes at Western’s Continuing Studies. So far everything has been wonderful, if slightly overwhelming, but first weeks tend to go that way.
Today I had my Introduction to the Arts Class, as well as my Strategic Leadership class. So far, Intro seems to be a basic review of a lot of the material I learned over the years in my Art History classes, but it’s nice to get a refresher just the same.
My leadership class is one that I think I’m going to get a lot of insight out of. For example, today’s class was all about “understanding who you are” and how it’s critical if you’re going to be an effective leader. Homework for this class is some self-reflective exercises which I think are going to be pretty neat. I have to say, it’s going to be difficult, but ultimately pretty cool to focus on my strengths and how to build on them, instead of honing in on my weaknesses and approaching everything from a “what I can’t do” perspective.
After these two classes today, the class trekked it down to Museum London, where we met with the Executive Director, Brian Meehan. It was really neat to be able to meet him and ask questions- he was super open and friendly. After introductions, he actually took us on a tour of some of the vaults of the museum. This is where they house all of the paintings and artifacts not on display.
In one of the vaults there were rows upon rows of artifacts that did not have a home- it felt like a museum in itself. My favourite area was where all of the old steam trunks were- I loved seeing the owner’s initials on them; very eerie, but so cool! In another vault that housed artwork, Brian actually looked through the archived paintings (it kind of felt like the art room in high school; organized, but not in a crazy sterile, classified information government way) and non-chalantly pulled out a small framed Group of Seven painting. No big deal. Just sittin’ back there.
I really really enjoyed being able to look behind the curtain on this tour. It was the first time I actually got to see behind the scenes of an arts organization and it’s intrigued me even more. That kind of rhymed and I didn’t even mean it to.