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Texas Cultural Trust, Education and Program Intern, Application Deadline, BTT Gateway Job ID 9625

Mon, June 1, 2015

  BTT Gateway Job ID 9625 

Established in 1995, the Texas Cultural Trust is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that promotes the importance of the arts in educating our children and sustaining our vibrant Texas economy, through awareness, outreach, economic research, and the development of an art and digital literacy curriculum for public school students. The Texas Cultural Trust supports the programs of the Texas Commission on the Arts and other qualifying state agencies. Programs of the Texas Cultural Trust include the biennial Texas Medal of Arts Awards, the Young Masters Program, Arts and Digital Literacy Initiative, Create Texas, Adventures in the ARTS--a children's book, Texas Women for the Arts and Founders for the Arts. For more information, please visit www.txculturaltrust.org.

The Opportunity:

The Texas Cultural Trust is looking for an Arts Education and Program Intern. This intern will work for the Program Director. The position will focus on the Trust's arts education program, the Arts and Digital Literacy Initiative. This intern will also assist with research and outreach on the impact of the arts on Texas' children and economy.

Duties include:
 Provide support to Program Director on special projects and initiatives
 Will work on the Kennedy Center Partners in Education Program
 Assist with the Houston Endowment Public Policy and Engagement Grant
 Assist with the National Endowment for the Arts Research Grant

Preferred Qualifications:
 Strong communication skills (written and verbal)
 Background in art and K-12 education
 Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, Excel, PowerPoint
 Organized, with an ability to prioritize time-sensitive assignments

***********Days and Hours Flexible. Currently not a paid position. Parking stipend offered.


About the Arts and Digital Literacy Initiative:
The Arts and Digital Literacy Initiative, which bridges fine arts education and technology, is a program of the Texas Cultural Trust in collaboration with the University of Texas at Austin College of Fine Arts. The initiative is a project-based, fine arts curricula for high school students that establishes the connection between traditional fine arts education and digital media. Digital literacy is the future of communication and commerce and creates learning experiences that develop students' capacities for critical thinking, creativity, imagination, and innovation. The courses are based on a combined set of fine arts and technology standards, resulting in arts instruction that is rigorous and designed to specifically develop student's media literacy, providing integrated relevant skills that will prepare them for the 21st century workplace. The State Board of Education approved the new Fine Arts TEKS which include the Trust's Arts and Digital Literacy Curricula (Art and Media Communications I & II, Music and Media Communications I & II, Theater and Media Communications I & II, Dance and Media Communications I & II). Once the new Fine Arts are implemented in the Fall, 2015, all of these courses can be offered as a fine arts credit. Currently, all Texas high school students are required to have one fine arts credit for graduation. Until the implementation of the new Fine Arts TEKS, these courses can be offered as a statewide elective credit. For more information, please visit www.txartandmedia.org.

Previous Intern Testimonial:
"Many internships do not allow you to actually grow and learn. That is the opposite of true at the Texas Cultural Trust. At the Trust, I was given legitimate responsibility with interesting, challenging projects. But I always felt well-supported, too. There was never a time when I was discouraged from asking a question or proposing a new idea.

If you are interested in arts and education at both a pedagogical and policy level, you will enjoy working in depth on the Arts and Digital Literacy Initiative. I had the opportunity to write instructional student surveys for seven courses to help evaluate pupils' backgrounds in the arts and technology, as well as how the courses have then shaped potential career choices for these students. Additionally, I was able to work one-on-one with the Development Associate to write a very important grant that would help determine the quality of teacher training and available technology for students in West Texas classrooms. Other significant experiences included designing a distribution graphic for the Arts and Digital Literacy Curriculum, being a part of meetings with the ADL advisory committee, supporting and attending the Texas Young Masters event at the Paramount Theatre, researching various well-known artists and arts organizations, and simply being a part of a community of very knowledgeable, kind, and selfless co-workers.

If I could do any internship program again, it would be this one."

Arts and Education Program Intern, Spring 2014

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