Central to our mission is our dedication to changing the story of who can be a glass artist, who can be a nonprofit professional, and who can be a leader in the arts and arts education. In 2022 we established our Glass Art Internship, multi-week paid internship designed to increase the participation of those self-identified as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) in the field of glass art and art education.
Sponsored in collaboration with Crafting the Future, GlassRoots, and UrbanGlass, the 2024 Glass Art Internship is a 12 - 15 week paid internship designed to increase the participation of those self-identified as BIPOC in the field of glass art.
This internship aims to: ~ Train participants in glass-art making including, but not limited to, glassblowing, flamework and kilnforming.
~ Expose participants to and train in the various departments and roles within a glass-art educational organization, including development, programs, recruitment, marketing, and technical/studio assistance through a lead project.
~To increase the participation of BIPOC in the field of glass-art, in both studio and administrative roles.
~To eliminate financial barriers to participation in such an internship. *This is a paid internship program paying interns at the rate of $20 per hour and covering their travel costs from Newark to Brooklyn or vice versa via mass transit.
Timeline:Virtual Information Sessions January 4 6:00 pm OR January 5, 4:00 pmRSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org Application Due: January 10, 2024 Candidates interview scheduled week of January 15, 2024 Candidates notified by: January 19, 2024 Start date: First week of February
Compensation: Interns are paid $20/hour.Interns can also enroll in classes during their internship and accrue personal studio time.
Opportunity: Interns will experience both personal artistic growth and professional development. As an Intern, you will gain a wide set of glassmaking, teaching and nonprofit management skills. You will also have a chance to develop and expand your professional network. Each Intern will be assigned a GlassRoots mentor.
Responsibilities: The focus of each internship will depend on the Intern’s background and professional interests. For example, an art student will spend more time in the studio assisting and taking classes, while a nonprofit management student will be given project responsibilities around capacity building and development. Responsibilities will generally include the following:
Teaching Apprentice and Studio Assistant.You will assist the lead teacher in executing art projects with students as a Teaching Assistant and assist in preparing the studio for classes for both youth and adult classes and team-building events. Participate in events including street fairs, festivals and open houses. Organize and maintain studio spaces and equipment. Assist in cleaning. Be proactive in creating a workable studio environment. Assist teachers in teaching classes as needed. Be available for evening and/or weekend hours for attendance and support. Prepare rosters and folders for classes. Conduct supply inventories.
Nonprofit Management WorkYou will work with the Director of Development as needed on special events. Research and write grant proposals. Conduct outreach to new partners. Maintain databases for marketing, planning and reporting.
Professional DevelopmentEach intern will be eligible to take glass art classes during their internship to develop their skills further. To be considered: participants must be 18 - 26 years old as of January 1, 2024.
Self-identify as a Black, Indigenous, or Person of Color
Have an interest in learning glass art making Have the ability to travel to and attend instruction for 4 days in Newark, NJ, and 4 days in Brooklyn, NY each month (or approximately eight hours per week at each location).
PLEASE NOTE: Persons of all abilities are encouraged to apply. It should be noted, however, that glass art-making requires manual dexterity and upper body strength. It includes processes that will require the ability to lift a certain amount of weight, but generally, we are able to create tasks for people with a wide range of abilities in the studio. Additionally, glassblowing requires a high tolerance to heat. To be considered, participants must be 18 - 26 years old as of January 1, 2024 self-identify as a Black, Indigenous or Person of Color have an interest in learning glass-art making have the ability to travel to and attend instruction for 4 days in Newark, NJ, and 4 days in Brooklyn, NY each month (or approximately eight hours per week at each location).
This program is made possible by funding from Crafting the Future.
ABOUT CRAFTING THE FUTURECrafting the Future works to increase access to creative enrichment by connecting BIPOC artists with opportunities that will help them thrive. www.craftingthefuture.org
ABOUT URBANGLASS UrbanGlass, the New York City-based nonprofit established in 1977, fosters experimentation and advances the use and critical understanding of glass as a creative medium. www.urbanglass.org Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: We are committed to the principles of equal opportunity and diversity and to attracting and supporting staff and board who represent the rich diversity of the communities we serve. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or mental or physical disability.