Tag Archives: Creative Arts

Middlebury Community Music Center Internship Opportunity

Middlebury Community Music Center (MCMC) is a nonprofit organization that hosts music learning of all kinds for community members of all ages, located in a beautiful historic building on Main Street in Middlebury. Private lessons, group classes, workshops, summer camps are offered year-round. MCMC believes in collaboration and bringing together different types of music under one roof.

The arts administration intern position provides key administrative support in a variety of areas ensuring smooth operations and growth in this dynamic emerging arts organization. Responsibilities include carrying out administrative projects and communications; involves assistance with new enrollment, social media updating, marketing, community outreach, fundraising, copy writing, and website maintenance. 

Candidate must possess self-initiative, organizational astuteness, willingness to follow processes, excellent preparation and reporting, the desire to build community relationships, hospitality, outstanding written and verbal communication skills and expertise with MS Office and Google Systems required. Social media experience and visual and creative skills strongly preferred. Interest in the arts and enthusiasm for music education is a plus! 

Below you will find a list of potential projects you might work on as an intern.

-Monthly Teacher Newsletter

-Occasional Full Community Newsletter

-MCMC private lessons enrollment push (newsletter and maybe a flier/print ad)

If you are interested to learn more about this opportunity, please contact me at agomez@middlebury.edu.

Adapting in Crisis: Case Studies of Resilience in the Arts

Priya Sircar, Director/Arts, Knight Foundation

In the year since the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, “pivot” has been the word of the day—every day. The word has become so (over)used that it has begun to lose its meaning. What does it really mean to “pivot” successfully? To what, and how? 

For many arts and culture organizations, choosing a new direction felt a bit scattershot, as if they were trying anything and everything just to keep functioning, earning income and keeping artists employed. Certainly, organizations of all types found themselves suddenly changing plans . . . some nimbly, some not. But amid evolving public health protocols and uncertainty about how long such conditions would last, decision making was understandably difficult. 

As a supporter of arts organizations, we have been engaging with grantees in our communities throughout the pandemic. We’ve often asked: How are organizations figuring out which direction to go in? And have certain skills or traits helped them to weather the storm? 

Organizations in Detroit and Philadelphia entered the pandemic fresh off of a training program in adaptive capacity, provided by EmcArts and supported by Knight Foundation in partnership with the Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan (in Detroit). To understand the short- and medium-term impacts of the four-month training program, Knight enlisted WolfBrown to conduct a study with participants in each cohort. While we do not yet know the long-term effects of the training, this initial follow-up gave us some insight into how the training was impacting the organizations. For some, the pandemic accelerated the application of what they had learned. Some were still internalizing the concepts and tools they had gained, while others found ways to use newfound skills to identify a way forward. In some cases, additional guidance beyond the introductory training would have been helpful, especially given the severity of the conditions in which organizations have been trying to apply the new information. Clearly, the ability to adapt is a critical skill for organizations, now more than ever. 

For many of us, this last year has been a crucible in which we have been tested, have clarified our purpose and, in some ways, come through stronger. These organizations also tested, honed and applied the lessons of their training, in ways both conscious and unconscious. Here we share a few of their stories that have inspired us and helped us understand how we might not just pivot, but also adapt intentionally and effectively to an ever-changing and unpredictable world. We hope they might do the same for you.

Click here to read the four stories.

Mellon Announces $125 Million “Creatives Rebuild New York” Initiative to Reactivate the State’s Creative Economy and Provide Artists with the Critical Support They Need

(NEW YORK, NY — June 3, 2021) The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation today announced details for Creatives Rebuild New York (CRNY), a three-year, $125 million initiative to reactivate New York State’s creative economy and secure the future of its artists.  Part of the state-led recovery plan for New York, CRNY is a two-part workforce initiative that will provide artists with either full-time employment opportunities or guaranteed income to remedy the devastating economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to read the press release!

Instagram Strategies for Artists During COVID-19

Keep your art business strong with an updated Instagram strategy. 

It can feel weird to post something that is unrelated to COVID-19 or, more currently, social injustice right now. But, this doesn’t mean you have to completely stop sharing parts of your work and it doesn’t mean you should go silent. Consider changing up your usual social media posts to address issues and share resources and posts. Adjust your messaging, but don’t go silent. Click here for a few ways that you can use your Instagram to engage with your audience right now.

Complete Guide to 2020 Artist Grants and Opportunities

There are endless opportunities for artists who know where to look. 

Artwork Archive scoured the internet and compiled the best opportunities for 2020—so you only have to look in one place. 

Each year they send their team on a mission to find the best opportunities, artist grants, and calls-for-entry for artists. From that, they created a list of the top international open calls, residencies, fellowships, and awards that they believe will benefit artists during the upcoming year.

The complete list is broken down into four categories: grants, residencies, calls-for-entry, and opportunity sites.

Click here review the list!

SENIORS – Group Advising Appointments to discuss searching for Jobs/Internships in the Arts

In addition to signing up for 1:1 advising appointments, I’m offering group advising appointments this semester focused on a specific career path. Please continue to check back since we will discuss a different industry during each meeting.  

This week I will be hosting and facilitating two group advising appointments to discuss Careers in the Arts. Please let me know if you would like to attend one. I will add your appointment in handshake.  

Wednesday, April 29 from 3pm – 4pm EST
Career Path: Performing Arts  

Friday, May 1 from 3pm – 4pm EST
Career Path: Fine Arts

These group advising appointments will be a great opportunity for students to learn more about a specific industry, build a career community, and practice peer to peer learning.

I am limiting the number of participants. Therefore, YOU MUST REGISTER WITH ME. Please send an e-mail to agomez@middlebury.edu to let me know you will attend, and I will add your advising appointment to handshake.