"The Arts in Action internship in New York City was an incalculably meaningful and influential opportunity for me. My experiences at The Brooklyn Museum and in the Arts and Activism course taught by Mildred Beltré have upended so much of what I thought I knew about systemic issues and how institutions occupy the world. You are compelled to continuously explore ideas relating to place, hierarchies, the “culture wars,” and how the understanding of perspectives outside your own can only be accomplished through critical analysis and empathy; concepts that are naturally imbued within the class studies. I had the chance to thoroughly investigate institutions and their diversity (or lack thereof) as well as the chance to work hands-on in a museum setting while exploring how art activism ignites resistance and revolution. Once you learn through the Arts and Activism lens you cannot go back."
-- Ashley Bertolino, 2020 Arts in Action participant (Art Education, '20)
THE INTERNSHIP (9 CREDITS):
Students will work at their internship sites 24 hours a week (3 days or 4 per week) doing meaningful work as part of the team. Placements will be at various community, arts, and social justice arts organizations in New York City. Students will gain first-hand exposure to the workings of arts institutions and various aspects of the arts. They will gain knowledge of the diverse communities of New York and how communities access art through these institutions as well as gaining a sense of how art and artists function in the world. What are the different audiences? How do artists get their work out? What resources are available to artists and arts institutions? What is their role in the city? What happens in an artist's studio?
In Spring 2020 internships were at the Brooklyn Museum, BRIC, Creative Time, Daniel Arsham Studio, Lower East Side Printshop, Museum of the Moving Image, Queens Museum, and Franklin Furnace.
Credit details: These credits count as elective internship credits, and DO count toward graduation. Keep in mind, however, that you can only count a maximum of 12 internship credits toward graduation as per CAS internship policy. Check with your advisor if you have questions. Sophia Trigg, Internship Coordinator, can also help, firstname.lastname@example.org
THE ACADEMIC COURSE (3 CREDITS):
Taught by Mildred Beltré, Associate Professor of Studio Art, Art and Activism will be focused on community, artist interventions, and the history of community activism through art. This course will look at art and activism in New York City in both a historical and contemporary context.
"This course, focused on community arts methods and the history of community activism through art, will help place the internship in the thematic and political framework of the city.
Starting with a grounding of what context each of us brings to the city, we will consider the historical and current state of the city and how the arts and institutions function within it. The coursework is structured as nodes within intersectional constellations of issues, tactics, and artists. Through readings we learn about international, national, and New York-based movements, artists, and collectives.”
- Excerpt from course syllabus
Credit details: These credits count as academic elective credits unless otherwise approved by your department for major credit.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (3 CREDITS):
Interns will meet every Thursday to begin to develop their professional identity and understand how to navigate the workplace as they get a feel for their career path in the arts. In small groups, interns will interact with peers, identify and leverage their strengths and share their internship experiences. Throughout the program, interns will build a portfolio that showcases what they’ve learned and documents their professional journey.
Credit details: These credits count as elective academic credits.
THE FALL COURSE (1 Credit, fall 2021):
The semester before you head to New York, you will enroll in a 1 credit hybrid (online and in person) course that will help structure your internship application process and help you get to know your classmates! Students will meet in person several times during the semester, but most of the written work will be completed with Mildred and submitted through Blackboard.
This program will take the place of your spring semester. Required components of the application:
- Application form
- Cover letter
- References: You will also be asked to identify two faculty members who can serve as references for you. The first step of your application process should be to contact two faculty members to ask if they would be willing to be a reference. Once you have applied, they may be contacted by our selection committee for letters of recommendation.
Tuition: Students enrolled in this program will pay their normal tuition for a 15-credit semester. All scholarships and financial aid applies.
Housing will be located in St. George Towers in Brooklyn Heights. Find more information on the Educational Housing Services (EHS) website.
Food: There is no meal plan associated with this program, so students will have to coordinate with their roomates to grocery shop and cook. Professor Beltre will also be able to recommend budget-friendly spots around the area.
Travel: Students will need to purchase a metro card. Travel to NYC is not included since students will be coming from their hometowns.