Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Opportunities: Internship at LVAA

Organization Background
The Louisville Visual Art Association (LVAA) internship program welcomes students and recent graduates who wish to supplement their education and professional experience by working in a not-for-profit arts organization. LVAA internships offer experiential education in a challenging, hands-on environment in exchange for a substantive contribution from gifted and interested individuals. LVAA is a not-for-profit organization that provides art education, art enrichment, and advocacy to a broad spectrum of people throughout Jefferson County and five surrounding counties. Headquartered in its National Historic Landmark home at the Louiville Water Toweron the banks of the Ohio River, LVAA attracts more than 45,000 participants annually to its exhibitions, art classes and special events. LVAA interns have the unique opportunity to participate in the development and expansion of these programs and operations.

The Application Process
There are three application deadlines and selection periods per year. Internships require a minimum commitment of ten hours per week for three months, during which time interns complete a specific project as well as daily assignments. Interns also participate in departmental meetings, special events, and various educational programs, as well as attend LVAA events. The Louisville Visual Art Association seeks diversity in its intern staff and provides equal opportunity to its applicants.

Applications may be submitted electronically by emailing jackie@louisvillevisualart.org and attaching your application form, resume, two letters of recommendation, and any additional materials by the appropriate deadline. Letters of recommendation may be submitted separately with the applicant's name in the subject line. If applicable, include your school's credit requirements in the e-mail.

When submitting an application by mail, send one copy of your application form, resume, two letters of recommendation, and any additional materials by the appropriate deadline. If applicable, include your school's requirements for credit with your application.
Please address all application materials (including letters of recommendation) to:
Education Programs Manager
Louisville Visual Art Association
3005 River Road
Louisville, KY 40207

December 16th for the Winter/Spring Term (January - May)

Internships are offered in following areas:
1.Art Education
2.Arts Administration
3.Community Arts
4.Executive Assistant

1. Art Education
Interns provide organizational and on-site support for numerous education programs, including the Children’s Fine Art Classes (CFAC) program, the internship recruitment process, and adult education classes. Duties may include general departmental duties, such as preparation of program packets, educational materials, research, correspondence, and scheduling. Candidates must have excellent organizational and basic computer skills, and should be comfortable interacting with the public.

2. Arts Administration- Reports to Design and Membership Coordinators
Interns will work to increase visibility for the Louisville Visual Art Association and its programs. Duties include: mailings, production of printed materials, web content organization, membership database and records maintenance, posting events, drafting media advisories, and developing relationships with print publications, television and radio stations. Candidates should have experience with cataloging and/or database entry and Microsoft Office, the ability to work independently, strong writing and organizational skills, comprehensive use of the Internet and social media programs, and experience with Photoshop.

3.Community Arts
The Community Arts Intern will provide assistance in initiating and managing ongoing Open Doors projects and will entail: Assisting in drafting grant proposals for potential Open Doors projects, as well as drafting reports to granters, setting up new community art projects by recording information and documenting projects through photography/video/blog as well as through the organized filing of completed project forms, continued organization of the program, dreaming up and participating in fun community oriented art-making projects next to professional artists and participants from various organizations around the city. Skills required: copy writing skills, Microsoft Office; some photography/Photoshop/graphic design/ web design experience; positive and effective people skills; a vehicle, a phone, and access to the web outside of the LVAA; Art-making experience; a positive attitude.

4.Executive Assistant
The Executive Assistant Intern will work side by side with LVAA’s Executive Director to help coordinate projects relating to: community outreach, marketing and public relations, financial management, fundraising, grant writing, communications, community relations, and advocacy. Furthermore, this intern will be responsible for daily tasks as requested by the Executive Director. Applicant must possess strong organizational skills, proficient writing and communication skills, and the ability to work independently.

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For more information please contact Jackie Pallesen, Education Programs Manager, at 896-2146 x104 or jackie@louisvillevisualart.org