By Megan Merchant, Arts Management MA Candidate
This is day 13 of my 18 day stay here in London. The opportunity to study arts management in another country has been an invaluable opportunity. Comparing practices and customs helps to open my mind to new ideas of how an arts organization can function.
As a first time world traveler, starting my abroad experience in London has been the perfect introduction since the customs and language are not too different from the US. However, it took me a few days to get used to the currency, how to cross the street, the tube, and local jargon. My favorite places to eat here are pubs where I had cottage pies, fish and chips, and Scottish eggs. On the trip I saw all the major tourist sites including: Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace, Trafalgar Square, West End, St. Paul’s Cathedral,West Minster Abbey, Tower if London, Tate Modern, Victoria & Albert Museum, Stone Henge, Harry Potter Studios, and Stratford Upon Avon.
I also saw Angela Lansbury in a West End play called Blithe Spirit, Warhorse, and a new musical of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I even heard a latin jazz concert in a crypt at St. Martin’s in the Fields Church. I’ve seen more visual and performing arts in this trip than I usually see in a year. I can’t wait to visit again!
Some arts management highlights and observations from my trip: