Britt has launched a new year-long internship program for high school students, thanks to a Connecting Students to the World of Work Grant from the Oregon Arts Commission. The Arts Career Exploration (ACE) program serves juniors and seniors from Medford School District high schools, culminating in a student-curated performance in the Britt Performance Garden in June 2015.
Internships are unpaid, but all expenses associated with participation will be paid for by Britt.
The Connecting Students to the World of Work Grant is a new program from the Oregon Arts Commission, designed to connect underserved students to the work force by offering programs that engage students in the professional elements of an artistic/creative career field. Special emphasis will be placed on selecting candidates who are English Language Learners, Special Education Students, and underrepresented minorities. The Medford School District and Britt will jointly select participating students and will require standard job application materials from students who would like to be considered (cover letter, resume, writing sample). Guidance in creating these materials will be provided by the ACE Coordinator.
The ACE project began in the summer of 2014. Students will work with Britt staff from summer 2014 through June 2015 by job shadowing, attending concerts and events, participating in discussions with artistic and executive leadership, and completing assignments and projects that challenge the students to articulate an artistic vision. Visiting guest artists and the creative arts professionals on the Britt staff will be selected to work with the students.
In spring 2015, the ACE interns will function as a "mini-Britt," each taking responsibilities that culminate in a spring concert for the community in Britt's Performance Garden. With guidance from Britt creative professionals, and using Britt resources, students will develop an artistic vision for the event and go through the steps required to bring it to fruition. This includes creating a budget, selecting and booking guest artists, working with Britt to create artist contracts, developing marketing and acting as box office, house, stage management and production staff for the concert.
By participating in this project, students will gain a deeper understanding of the intricacies involved in creating and presenting art, become more aware of the variety of career paths in the arts, and gain practical skills and knowledge that will make them college and/or work force ready.
Support for this project comes from the Oregon Arts Commission and AmericanWest.