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NYSCA and NYF Offer Paid Internships with Crandall Public Library and Brooklyn Arts Council

Wednesday, February 13, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Evangeline Mee

Applications are now being accepted for internships supported through the internship program of the New York State Council on the Arts and New York Folklore Society. This year two internships are being offered, to be hosted by Crandall Public Library in Glens Falls and the Brooklyn Arts Council. Applicants may submit only one application, indicating the preferred internship. Any student enrolled in a masters or doctoral graduate folklore program may apply.   Folklorists who graduated from a graduate folklore program in the past two years may also apply. Interns will be expected to undertake a special project linked to their learning program for graduate study which will also benefit the host organization. The duration of the Crandall Public Library internship is 10 weeks, 35 hours per week. It will occur between late spring and early fall, 2019. The duration of the Brooklyn Arts Council internship is 10 weeks, 35 hours per week. It will occur between May and August 2019. A stipend of $5000 will be provided for each of the internships.      

To apply, submit a resume and a letter describing the potential benefits of the internship for the applicant’s career goals as a folklorist and, for current graduate students, its relationship to her or his graduate learning program. The application letter should also indicate how previous experiences in programming, field research and/or administration would contribute to an organization hosting the internship. Following the internship, the intern and the host organization are required to submit a report evaluating the internship.

Applications must be received by Tuesday, March 5th and decisions about the successful candidates will be made by late March.  Applications must be submitted electronically to Robert Baron,  (please do not contact Arts Mid-Hudson or TAUNY for information about these internships).

Detailed descriptions of these internships appear below.

Brooklyn Arts Council: 

The Folk Arts Program of Brooklyn Arts Council carries out field research, programming and services for artists and organizations year-round under the leadership of its Folk Arts Director.  The intern will carry out field research, program development and presentation of artists for “Brooklyn Routes: Tracking Traditions Along the B/Q Train (BRBQ).  This event will consist of a series of small scale events in libraries and on train platforms in collaboration with Azerbaijani, Russian, Chinese, Mongolian, Georgian, Haitian, Armenian, Belarusian, Central Asian, Azerbaijaini, Pakistani ethnic communities along the B and Q subway lines.  A day long large-scale folk arts festival in Prospect Park will present traditions documented through this project. The learning program for the internship will include ethnographic interviews, media training, identification of artists to present, creation of a run of show for the events and field research practices. During the internship there will be opportunities to visit folk arts programs and organizations located in New York City. The intern will be provided with a monthly MetroCard for travel throughout New York City.

Crandall Public Library:

The Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library in Glens Falls has served a large rural region in the Upper Hudson Valley and Lower Adirondacks for three decades.  It operates an extensive local history and folklife archive, contains a gallery for temporary exhibitions and produces programming about regional, occupational, ethnic and Native American traditions. 

The intern will participate in the development and implementation of Lake George on the Water, which will tell the stories of the peoples, places and traditions of the Lake George watershed in a series of mini-documentaries. It will be made available to the public on touchscreen kiosks placed within the Lake George corridor. The intern will engage in interviewing, filming, editing and producing a small documentary series for this project. This internship will also involve creating publicity for the Fall 2019 Live! Folklife Concert series, writing of metadata for catalog descriptions of the Folk Art and Artist collection, and assistance with the production of a new exhibition for the Folklife Gallery that will include writing labels, layout, hanging, publicity and program development. During the internship there will be opportunities to visit folk arts organizations in the region. 

A driver’s license and use of an automobile is required for the Crandall Public Library internship.

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