Works to Work Internship Program
The Works International Visual Arts Society - Edmonton, AB
Internship

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// ABOUT THE WORKS INTERNATIONAL VISUAL ARTS SOCIETY

Based in downtown Edmonton, The Works International Visual Arts Society advances the development, awareness and appreciation of art and design in Canada and provides artists, designers and the public a forum for exchanging ideas.

For over 25 years, the Society has presented The Works Art & Design Festival - a unique, free event that attracts artists, designers and patrons from around the globe. Each summer, for 13 days, the best in cutting-edge design, digital art and new media technology are showcased alongside traditional visual art mediums. Thousands of artworks from across Canada and the world are exhibited in galleries transformed from alternative spaces ranging from vacant retail spaces to city parks. The Festival also presents workshops and seminars on the exciting changes and arising issues in art and design.

Edmonton enjoys the Society’s programs year-round through its free public gallery, ongoing education programs and The Places program which leaves permanent works of art and design in public places.

// ABOUT WORKS TO WORK

The Works to Work Summer Internship, Certification, Education and Scholarship Program features both theoretical and hands-on learning. Participants complete in-class modules while also working to deliver The Works Art & Design Festival. The program is fast paced and focuses on connecting theoretical learning with real-world applications.

The program begins in May and runs throughout the summer with 46 hours of in-class/home-study instruction and over 500 hours of practical work experience. Participants benefit from working with experienced arts presenters as well as world class artists. Since 2001, participants have worked alongside Governor General Award winning artists, international arts educators, and prestigious Canadian art curators.

Several learning strategies are used throughout the program including site lectures, student instruction, cohorts, home study, hands-on demonstrations, professional exposure, guest lectures, and research. Students are provided with a manual that includes a learning guide and assignment modules that must be completed in order to qualify for certification and scholarships.

To encourage ongoing skills development, Works to Work allows participants to return summer after summer to progress from the Assistant to Coordinator to Supervisor level. One position may be certified each summer.

// WHO SHOULD APPLY?

  • Students and graduates of visual art and design programs, marketing,

communications and public relations programs

  • Students and graduates of arts and cultural management programs
  • Persons considering a career in arts and culture
  • Artists interested in building and expanding their careers
  • International arts students
  • Students in related fields (museums, theatre, heritage, recreation, etc.)

Available Internships

Exhibit Production & Technology

ASSISTANT LEVEL
Participants learn to assist in the preparation and
handling of artwork for exhibit production and
presentation. The course covers preparation planning,
install/dismantle, light/sound and other technologies
(including new media), design, presenting/display,
basic construction, inventory methods, teamwork,
and safety.

COORDINATOR LEVEL
Participants advance the skills acquired at the
Assistant level and develop skills in the following
areas: ongoing planning; reporting and liaising with
staff, volunteers, venue operators, artists, and other
arts organizations; budgeting; inventories; design;
install/dismantle; shipping/receiving; and
insurance/customs brokerage.

SUPERVISOR LEVEL
Participants develop the skills to supervise and
manage the Exhibit Production & Technology team.The
Supervisor oversees exhibit production from creative
conception through construction and exhibition to
final evaluation. This advanced position is the conduit
between the exhibition team and The Works’ Directors.

Curatorial

ASSISTANT LEVEL
Participants learn to assist with requirements in the
development of exhibit content and arts presentation.
This course covers curatorial research, registration,
reporting. documentation. archiving, communicating
curatorial intent, install/dismantle, audience
development, and information gathering and
dissemination.

COORDINATOR LEVEL
Participants further advance their skills in developing
exhibit content and arts presentation with an
emphasis on animating the artwork. This course
also covers research, conceptualization. critical and
creative writing, and public relations.

SUPERVISOR LEVEL
Participants develop the skills to supervise and
manage the Curatorial team. The Supervisor will
learn the theoretical underpinnings of the curatorial
field. This advanced position is the conduit between
the Curatorial team and The Works’ Directors.

Placements are also available in the following Departments:

MARKETING INTERNSHIP
Participants learn to assist in Festival Marketing
initiatives by developing, implementing and
marketing of all programs for the Society, The Works
Art & Design Festival and Special Projects.

PUBLIC RELATIONS INTERNSHIP
Participants will assist with the plans and production
of The Works Media Launch and co-ordinate Media
communications before, during and after The Works
Art & Design Festival.

DESIGN INTERNSHIP
Participants will learn to assist with the design of
The Works Art & Design Festival Marketing collateral.
Internship may include working with the Marketing,
Volunteer, Special Events, Curatorial and Art & Design
in Public Places Departments.

STAGE COORDINATION INTERNSHIP
Participants will learn to assist with the
administrative planning and oversee the operation
of The Works Stage before, during and after
The Works Art & Design Festival.

SPECIAL EVENTS INTERNSHIP
Participants will assist with the administrative
planning and production of all Special Events before,
during and after The Works Art & Design Festival.

VOLUNTEER INTERNSHIP
Participants learn to assist in Festival Volunteer
recruitment, training and events, maintain and
develop providers in the community and assist with
the daily operations of the Volunteer Trailer during
The Works Art & Design Festival.

MAIL
The Works
10635 - 95 St. NW
Edmonton, AB T5H 2C3
Attn: Amber Rooke
EMAIL
theworks(at)telusplanet.net
FAX
780.426.4673
PHONE
780.426.2122

Remember to include:

  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • 3 references (incl. phone numbers)
  • Cover Letter

Students and recent graduates, please
enclose a copy of academic transcripts


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