A Spring Appeal

Jasmine wants to make art. Parker wants to write about art. Will wants to help people. The Museum is helping all three of these bright, talented young adults get what they want while exploring, learning and growing through our annual internship program.

Jasmine, a high school senior, volunteered on her weekends last fall and is now earning course credit as an intern. She has just accepted one of several offers for a prestigious art school placement this fall. Regarding her experiences at the Museum, Jasmine stated, “My internship has given me a good perspective on what goes on behind the scenes in a museum. … I’m considering curating as a minor in school. I enjoy working at the museum and with the artists there. I love being around the creative energy.”

Parker has worked with us as a gallery attendant while attending community college. Through her time here, she has discovered her career path—she has started a communications internship this spring in preparation to begin her university degree focused on writing and communications for the arts and museums. Will completed his internship last year and stayed on as a volunteer, gaining professional experience in visitor services and customer relations. He has recently been hired as front-line customer service specialist with a local company.

The Museum is proud to offer our internship program for high school, college and graduate students, and is committed to inspiring career goals and fostering professional development for these young adults, including a focus on students with disabilities. We are preparing for one of our largest summer classes of interns ever for 2016, with interns coming to us to work in development, visitor services, communications, education and curatorial. We are excited to see our interns – like Jasmine, Parker and Will – advance their skills and develop significant experience in the field, allowing them to fully take advantage of opportunities for future success.

While grants and membership dues cover a portion of our expenses, we look to you for the additional support as we prepare for our exciting future. Your generous gift will support the Museum’s many education programs, including our year-round internship program. Providing arts educational opportunities is central to our mission, and we are committed to engaging learners of all ages, from toddlers, to young adults, to seniors.

Please consider making a Spring Appeal fund contribution of $50, $250, $1,000 or more.

Thank you for your support of the arts!

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