SOUTH TANGERANG — It’s an odd feeling to know we had ARTIVEX just a few months ago. I am here as Nayla and as one of ARTIVEX’s PR team. In these paragraphs, I will be talking about the shenanigans of Artives’ first exhibit. Our journey began in August 2019. So in twelve grade, our dear subjects such as graphic design, illustration, and photography/film, were all combined into one. We were given a task to create something for South Tangerang’s city branding, whether it is a film, a book, fashion, etc. We were given a whole semester to work on it. But was it just ‘it’? In the process, I’ve learned mighty things about creating something not only beautifully made for the eyes but also for it to be meaningful and accurate in design.
Before we were given the green light to start each of our productions, we were first and foremost reminded of design thinking. Yes, the classic, empathize – define – ideate – prototype – test. The design thinking process includes in-depth field research and a report along with it. On top of all of that, we were all juggle in finishing the research on time while also organizing the exhibition. With Mr. Heykal’s help, we learned a few basics in event organizing, such as the many division it has, the importance of location, team-work, et cetera. I happen to be chosen as one of the PR Team, PR as in Public Relations, or the people who connect the event to a bigger audience. My first reaction was “Woah, I’m so excited, I love organizing Instagram feeds!” but then I realized to do this job we must be able to communicate well with a heck lot of people, and I tend to be shy at talking to new people, and that was when I realized what was going to be my challenge. We knew this event would prepare us with the set of skills needed in the real world, so whatever it may be, however uncomfortable it might sound, we have to believe that it’s going to be useful one day.
In the process, we all learned how wonderful South Tangerang is, and discovered a newfound love for the city. From August through December, our team has gone through one heck of a journey. And despite getting shorter in members along the way, with the help of each division, school staff, our subject teachers (Mr. Trada, Mr. Ary, and Mr. Wawan), and our lovely lower class-mates, we were able to make our first exhibit. We are so honored to kick off this annual project, and have guests such as Director Fajar Nugros to our event! So on behalf of Artives, we want to thank all of you from the bottom of our hearts.
The Last thing, being highschoolers, of course, we’re all going to be a noob in everything, everyone has their strengths and flaws, and it’s normal to make mistakes or feel nervous. Other than help and moral support from teachers, friends, or parents, also know that the internet is there to guide you, say you could log on Wikihow or Youtube for your first leadership gig or Quora on how to correctly propose an event. Our generation is privileged enough to live in an era where such useful informations are easily accessible.
That is all from me, and I wish the best for HHS events to come. In summary here are the things I’ve learned:
- A Positive work environment is as important as the work that needs to be done.
- Be kind and try to be open to one another, make a safe environment for every member to say their opinions.
- Be initiative.
- If you don’t understand something, ask, don’t assume.
- Communication is key!
Penulis: Nayla Nafisha (Murid Kelas XII SMA HelloMotion)