The last two days have been full of exciting events! Yesterday, during a press conference, I was presented with my diploma from the Art School from Targu Jiu ( a city outside of Novaci) for completing two years of study in decorative Romanian art. The diploma represents the workshops I attended on Romanian art and the cultural events I participated in during my time in Novaci. The courses were taught by an art teacher and my very good friend, Daciana Ungureanu( Daciana’s website) , from whom I have learned about the diverse motifs used in Romanian ceramic work and on Romanian folkloric costume. AND today I was give the title of “Gorjeanul of the Day” (Gorj is the county where I live, so I am basically Gorj person of the Day)!
There is no better way to finish up my service. I feel tremendously humbled to have the opportunity to take part in so many Romanian traditions. Nonetheless, to live in a community that will remain apart of me long after I leave. Thank you to all of my friends who have, without reservations, invited me to their weddings, birthday parties, religious celebrations, cultural festivals and to be part of their day to day lives. Your warm hospitality will make it easy for me to promote Peace Corps 3rd Goal: Helping promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.
A special thanks to Daciana, my teacher, who introduced me and taught me about all of the beautiful Romanian folkloric traditions. It has been an absolute privilege to learn first hand from someone who loves and continues to promote her culture. Multumesc mult din sufletul meu, te astept in Chicago cu…vedem!
Here is a clip from the press conference( at the top of the clip it says: American received a 10(A +) from the School of Art):
Here are two county articles, you can use google translate or just look at the AWESOME pictures and my diploma!