Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Opportunities to Work for Connecticut Arts Organizations

The Connecticut Office of the Arts has launched its 2018 Arts Workforce Initiative designed to provide internship opportunities for Connecticut college students, emerging professionals and military veterans at Connecticut not-for-profit arts and cultural organizations. 

A total of 28 individuals will be placed with selected host organizations for a 10-week, paid internship June 4-Aug. 17, 2018.

To be eligible for an AWI Internship, individuals must:
Be a Connecticut resident 
Demonstrate a financial need 
Align with the Office of the Arts' READI Framework
Have availability to successfully complete the program
Specialize in or wish to grow professionally in the following categories: arts administration, arts presenting/curating, media arts, performing arts, visual arts, arts education, and literary arts
Be enrolled in an accredited college or university or be an emerging arts professional (for the "40 and Under" Category)
Be a veteran of the US Armed Forces (for the "Veterans in the Arts" Category)
Apply here. Applications must be received no later than midnight Sunday, April 8, 2018.


To be eligible as an AWI Host Organization, an organization must:
  • Be a not-for-profit Connecticut arts/cultural organization
  • Be able to provide an internship opportunity within the following categories: arts administration, arts presenting/curating, media arts, performing arts, visual arts, arts education, and literary arts
  • Be able to provide a hands-on and engaging internship opportunity 
  • Be in alignment with and display an understanding of COA's READI Framework
  • Be able to accommodate an intern or interns from June 4, 2018 through August 17, 2018
  • Be committed to ensuring that the intern or interns complete(s) the required 250 hours
Apply here to be a host organization. Applications must be received no later than midnight Sunday, April 8, 2018.

For more information:
Questions:
Contact Adriane Jefferson at 860-500-2328 or via email

Due to the enormous success of the AWI pilot program in FY17, COA has committed to expanding the Arts Workforce Initiative in 2018. The number of interns has more than doubled from 12 to 28 and the application process is now open to all Connecticut not-for-profit arts and cultural organizations that can provide a hands-on and engaging internship opportunity in the arts.

Last year, during the pilot phase of the Arts Workforce Initiative, 12 individuals successfully completed internships with the following organizations:
Hartbeat Ensemble, Hartford
TheaterWorks, Hartford
Neighborhood Studios, Bridgeport
The Mark Twain House and Museum, Hartford
The Writer's Block Ink, New London
The International Festival of Arts and Ideas, New Haven
Expressiones, New London
The Amistad Center for Arts and Culture, Hartford
City Lights Gallery, Bridgeport
The Judy Dworin Performance Project, Hartford
The Autorino Center at St. Joseph’s College, West Hartford

The Workforce Initiative is funded by the Connecticut Office of the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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