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COLE FELLOWSHIP 2020-2021 | Call for Applicants

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site (TCNHS) is now reviewing applications for the Cole fellowship, a one-year, residential fellowship at the Thomas Cole National Historic site. Fellows participate in the research and interpretation of the work, home, and studios of the artist, Thomas Cole (1801 – 1848). Four candidates are invited to join the site June 3, 2020 – May 23, 2021. Applications will be accepted through February 10, 2020, with priority given to those received before or on JANUARY 24, 2020.

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site (TCNHS) preserves and interprets the home and studios of Thomas Cole, the founder of the Hudson River School of painting, the nation’s first art movement. Cole’s profound influence on America’s cultural landscape inspires us to engage broad audiences through programs and exhibitions that are relevant today.

Through a combination of research, interpretation, and hands-on projects, Cole Fellows conduct significant research and gain professional museum experience. Selected candidates are provided the opportunity to:

  • Conduct in-depth research that leads to a major project and /or paper based on their work.
  • Attend an intensive one-week seminar with the leading Cole scholar and Professor, Dr. Alan Wallach.
  • Lead tours of the historic site, galleries, and have full engagement in interpretive programming.
  • Work closely with the Curator, and other TCNHS staff on projects that may include collection care and research, exhibition planning, educational programming, and special events.
  • Participate in various events and site-wide staff meetings to learn about the structural, strategic, and creative decisions involved in the day-to-day operations of a historic artists’ house museum.
  • Attend monthly field trips and site visits to museums and cultural venues; benefit from professional development opportunities including resume review and next step planning based on individual career goals.

Additional Compensation: Free shared housing on-site in a fully furnished house with private bedrooms. Electric, water, heat, internet, and garbage removal is provided, along with a monthly stipend of $500.

Qualifications: TCNHS seeks self-motivated recent graduates, graduating college seniors, and graduate students who have expressed a commitment to pursue careers in history, art, museums, material culture, decorative arts, collection and exhibition management, and/or education. Applicants should be flexible, organized, energetic, have a passion for art and ideas, and an affinity for working with the public. A car is helpful, but not required.  Participation for the entire program is required. The work-week in season is Wednesday-Sunday.

APPLICATIONS will be accepted through February 10, 2020, with priority given to those received before or on JANUARY 24, 2020.

Applications must include:

  • Brief letter of introduction describing your interest in the Fellowship and career goals
  • Resume
  • References – Include the names and full contact information for 3 people (professors, teachers, and/or employers only)
  • Writing sample (2 to 5 pages MAX please)

Click here to learn more about this opportunity and to apply!

Work with local artist Doug Lazarus on his upcoming Portrait Project

Local artist Doug Lazarus will be working on a portrait project to celebrate the history of Middlebury. He plans to paint six to seven 10 foot portraitures of past Middlebury community members such as Emma Willard, Robert Frost, and Jim Douglas, permanently displayed along Exchange Street in Middlebury. Doug is interested in 1 or 2 interns to assist him. He would like to start creating portraits in January. If you are interested to learn more about his project, please feel free to contact Doug directly at Douglazarus@gmail.com or (802) 388- 0239.

Schedule your 1:1 Alumni chat with Actor, Co-Artistic Director, and Professor Andrew Smith ’97.5 – Thursday, January 9

Before joining Carnegie Mellon, Andrew worked as a professional stage, film and television Actor, and is the Co-Artistic Director of Project Y Theatre Company in New York City. He founded and led a business in NYC called Artist Building Company, where he hired set designers and painters for NYC remodeling and building jobs.

Click here to schedule your 1:1 chat on Thursday, January 9

Paid Positions: Museum Ambassadors Program Accepting Applications (Deadline Sept. 19, 11:59 PM)

2019–2020 Museum Ambassadors Program Now Accepting Applications for Paid Positions

The Museum Ambassadors Program (MAP) trains Middlebury College students to lead public tours of the Museum. Museum Ambassadors provide valuable community service as they engage school, college, and adult visitors in dialogue about art from the Museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions. They also contribute to projects that help make the Museum more accessible to all visitors.

The application deadline for MAP is Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. All applicants will be notified about final decisions by mid-late September, and the first MAP session will be held in late September or early October.

Learn more about MAP.

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Nourishing Change through the Arts

Dance, music and visual arts event, panel and reception to honor Earth Day & the Arts

Monday, April 22 – EARTH DAY!

Mahaney Center for the Arts (MAC)

4:00 – 7:00p

4:00p  Welcome & Dance Performance (MAC patio)

4:30p  Emergent Universe Oratorio (MAC 2nd floor lobby)

5:00p  Student Performances & Visual Art (MAC 2nd floor lobby)

5:45p  Eco Arts Presentations (MAC 1st floor lobby)

6:15p  Panel & Reception (MAC 1st floor lobby)

Earth Day 2019 Nourishing Change Through the Arts will offer live music and dance performances, artistic displays, and a panel discussion followed by an informal reception. Art will address the theme of all living beings – including humans in relationship to the Earth and our changing climate. All programming will be engaging and participatory when possible and choreographed to flow, literally, like water throughout the entire venue.  The organizers want people to leave this event feeling energized and creative and perhaps inspired to:

  • Engage more actively with their environments
  • Cherish an emergent vision for the future of our planet 
  • Foster human connection within their homes and communities

Questions?  Contact Nadine Barnicle, Professor of the Practice, Environmental Studies

Sponsored by Environmental Studies Program, Franklin Center for the Environment, Office of the Director of the Arts

Arts, Culture and History Internship: Clemmons Family Farm- April 13 Deadline Date

The Clemmons Family Farm (CFF) offers community programs that bring people together to learn about and celebrate African American heritage.

CFF is looking for a student Arts, Culture and History intern for 30 hours a week from June 1 through mid- August, 2019 (start and end dates are somewhat flexible based on the student’s availability).The intern will assist our core team of collaborating artists in planning, developing and overseeing visual arts, culinary arts and performing arts programs for children, youth and adults at the Farm.

Other opportunities may include: researching African-American contributions to Vermont, cataloging Farm videos, assisting at events, leading tours for visiting youth and college students, and welcoming visitors to the Farm during workshops and retreats. Students who are studying African-American or African Diaspora history, art and culture, and/or who self-identify as being African American or of African descent are especially encouraged to apply for this internship. Applicants should have good communication skills, be able to work independently and have an interest in the Farm’s mission and African and African Diaspora culture, history and arts. CFF can provide a transportation stipend to facilitate the intern’s transportation to and from the Farm.

Click here to apply in handshake!