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DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN ARTS MANAGEMENT FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

Applications deadline: April 23, 2017 at midnight.

The Downtown Brooklyn Arts Management Fellowship Program is a paid 11-month opportunity for a cohort of young people to gain experience and skills for careers in arts management.  The program aims to increase the diversity of staff in cultural organizations by creating a route into arts management without having to take unpaid internships or earn a master’s degree. It is sponsored by four organizations in the Brooklyn Cultural District:  BRIC, Mark Morris Dance Group, Theatre for a New Audience, and the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts.

Fellowship Experience

Fellows will rotate through 12-week work experience assignments at all four partner organizations.  Assignments are available in all core areas of arts management, including Development, Marketing/Community Engagement, Education, Curatorial/Programming, Production/Tech and Administration/Finance.  Fellows will be assigned a mentor during each placement to help maximize the learning experience.  It will be possible to do more than one rotation in an area of interest, but fellows will also be encouraged to experience multiple areas of work experience.

Fellows will also attend a professional development program once or twice each week that will teach leadership abilities, and offer instruction on valuable administrative skills such as how to read a financial statement.  The curriculum will include speakers, group activities, a group project, and networking opportunities.  The fellowship year is intended as a springboard for each fellow’s professional network and career in arts management.

Eligibility

  • College graduation between spring 2015 and spring 2017; or 3-4 years of work experience that substitutes for college
  • Strong interest in working for a cultural organization
  • Some experience in arts producing, presenting or administration – paid or unpaid
  • Excellent communication skills and strong computer literacy
  • Available to work fulltime on weekdays, with flexibility for evening and weekend activities
  • Authorized to work in the US
  • We seek diversity across cultural background, racial identity, gender identity, economic background and physical ability.

Schedule and Pay

This is a full-time, 11-month program starting in September 2017.  Fellows must be available for fulltime work on weekdays, and have flexibility to attend evening events. The fellowship will pay an annual salary of $33,000 plus sick and vacation leave and medical insurance.

Applications will be accepted until April 23, 2017 at midnight. Decisions will be announced in May 2017.

The Partners

BRIC is the leading presenter of free cultural programming in Brooklyn, and one of the largest in New York City. We present and incubate work by artists and media-makers who reflect the diversity that surrounds us. BRIC programs reach hundreds of thousands of people each year.

Theatre for a New Audience opened its Polonsky Shakespeare Center in the Brooklyn Cultural District in 2013.  The Theatre has the mission to develop and vitalize the performance and study of Shakespeare and classic drama.

The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) uses the visual arts as a point of departure for exploring new artistic production across a variety of disciplines. Through exhibitions and programming, MoCADA incites dialogue on pressing social and political issues facing the African Diaspora and fosters a dynamic space for the creation and continuous evolution of culture.

Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG), founded in New York City in 1980 by choreographer Mark Morris, has a mission to develop, promote, and sustain dance, music, and opera productions by Morris and to serve as a cultural resource to engage and enrich the community.

To Apply

Please apply here.

Questions?

Please contact Betsy Smulyan at bsmulyan@bricartsmedia.org.

 

INTERNSHIPS

Theatre for a New Audience offer internships in several areas for college students, graduate students, and students between terms. Please see below for a description of internships offered at Theatre for a New Audience. We are currently seeking applications for 2017 Summer internships.

To apply for an internship, please fill out the INTERNSHIP APPLICATION 2017 FORM and send with a professional resume (rather than an actor resume) and a cover letter specifying the internship for which you are applying. Some internships may require additional materials, as indicated in their description. Email materials to Internship Coordinator Torrey Townsend at ttownsend@tfana.org with the subject line “Internship.” You may also contact Torrey Townsend via email with any questions related to your application.

TFANA interns receive a modest reimbursement for transportation. Any student interning at TFANA is eligible to earn school credit.

 

 

MARKETING AND PRESS INTERNSHIP


Materials required: Application form, professional resume, and cover letter.

Theatre for a New Audience’s Marketing Department is responsible for all sales, marketing, and audience development initiatives for the company, as well as working with our Press Representative to publicize the theatre and productions. The Marketing and Press Intern will work closely with the Director of Marketing & Communications and the Marketing & Audience Development Associate.  

Responsibilities:

  • Assist in implementing marketing and audience development initiatives.
  • Research emerging technologies and social media platforms and report to Marketing staff on possible new initiatives.
  • Assist in generating content for the organization’s social media channels.
  • Conduct outreach to Brooklyn community partners, including Local Perks partners and neighborhood non-profits.
  • Research new industry and community media outlets.
  • Assist in the design and creation of digital and printed promotional materials
  • Maintain the digital and print press archives.
  • Report to TFANA staff on industry and community news.
  • Attend and assist in the coordination of special events as needed, both at the Polonsky Shakespeare Center and off-site.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate a passion for theatre and possess excellent organizational and interpersonal skills, proficiency with computers, attention to detail, be comfortable in the digital space and social media, and can work efficiently in a fast-paced environment. Experience in Adobe Creative Suite a plus. He or she might be asked to run errands outside the office, and should be comfortable navigating public transit. Some evenings/weekends may be required, and office hours will be adjusted accordingly. This is an ideal position for individuals interested in pursuing marketing or press careers in the theatre. Approximately 20 hours per week.

 

ARTISTIC PRODUCTION AND MANAGEMENT INTERNSHIP    


Materials required: Application form, professional resume, and cover letter.

Artistic Production and Management interns work with the Associate Producer and Associate General Manager, to support all aspects of producing the company’s mainstage productions, workshops, readings, and residencies in The Studio Program. Production interns may work in the administrative office, rehearsal room, and/or backstage assisting stage management and the Theatre’s technical department.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Assisting with organizing and executing day to day management of current and future productions.
  • Assisting in correspondence, research, productions.
  • Assisting in research/coordination of artists’ needs, such as housing and travel.
  • Organizing and maintaining files and archives.
  • Supporting rehearsals and working backstage for productions, readings, workshops, and special events.

Candidates should have excellent organizational and interpersonal skills, attention to detail, proficiency with computers and Microsoft Office, and the ability to work efficiently under pressure. He or she will be asked to run errands outside the office, and should be comfortable navigating public transit. He or she will work in the administrative office, Polonsky Shakespeare Center in Brooklyn, and other rehearsal spaces. The Production and Management internship is designed for individuals pursuing production or management careers in the theater. Approximately 4-6 hours per week.

 

DEVELOPMENT/CAPITAL CAMPAIGN INTERNSHIP

Materials required: Application form, professional resume, cover letter, and a writing sample (preferably a fundraising related letter or proposal).

Interns in the Development/Capital Department receive well-rounded, hands-on experience in raising contributions for a not-for-profit theatre. Interns report to the Capital Campaign Associate but have direct access and regular contact with the Director of Development, the Development Associate, and the Senior Institutional Giving Manager.

Possible projects include:

  • Prepare research on individual and foundation prospects using WealthEngine, wealth intelligence software, and Foundation Search
  • Assist with the planning and implementation of special events
  • Draft and edit a letter of intent for a foundation prospect
  • Prepare proposal and report packets
  • Enter gifts and write acknowledgement materials for in-kind ticket donations in Raiser’s Edge donor software
  • Draft and design eblasts in Constant Contact
  • Assist with the spring membership appeal, helping to raise more than $20,000
    • Draft and distribute solicitation letters
    • Design and implement solicitation email communication
    • Write and distribute acknowledgement letters for membership gifts
  • Filing, data entry, and assistance with mailings as needed
  • Additional projects as needed or requested

Development/Capital Interns are also included in department and staff meetings, and will have an exit interview with the Director of Development upon completion of their time at Theatre for a New Audience. Interns are encouraged to brainstorm about projects that interest them, and the department strives to provide personalized, resume-building experiences for each intern.

Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, Raiser’s Edge, Constant Contact, and WealthEngine preferred but not required.

 

EDUCATION INTERNSHIP

Materials required: Application form, professional resume, and cover letter.

Theatre for a New Audience’s Education Department seeks a summer intern for our NEH Summer Institute: Scholarship and Performance: Teaching Shakespeare’s Plays. The internship will take place over a period of 6 consecutive weeks from June 26th– August 4th. 2 of these weeks will be spent at Polonsky Shakespeare Center in Brooklyn, and 4 will take place at our administrative offices. The Education Intern is responsible for assisting with the planning and implementation of our NEH Summer Institute. This includes, but is not limited to, assistance in: arranging housing for participants, planning extra-curricular activities, compiling welcome packets and information for participants, setting up space, and attending and taking notes during the daily sessions of the institute. The position is part time, apart from the weekdays of July 17th-July 28th.

by Milton Glaser

 

 

Pictured above: Kathryn Hunter and cast members of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, photo by Joan Marcus.