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Arts Council of Indianapolis Seeks Public Art Intern for Jan-May 2017

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Arts Council of Indianapolis Seeks Public Art Intern for Jan-May 2017



Public Art Intern: Spring 2017 semester

Arts Council of Indianapolis

  • Eligibility: Current undergraduate junior or senior, recent college graduate, or current graduate student. Community college students must have completed the equivalent of 16 semester-long courses to be eligible for this opportunity.
  • Commitment: 10 hours per week for 15 weeks (flexible; 2-3 days/wk)
  • Stipend: $1,500.00 for the semester (based on $10/hr for 150 hours)
  • Start date: Week of January 16, 2017 (flexible)
  • End date: Week of May 1, 2017 (flexible)
  • Credit: May be used for community service credit or independent study upon coordination with student and student’s home institution


About the Arts Council of Indianapolis

The Arts Council of Indianapolis fosters meaningful engagement in the arts by nurturing a culture where artists and arts organizations thrive.

The Arts Council advocates for the need and importance of broad community funding and support for a thriving arts scene; innovates by constantly pursuing and promoting innovative ideas and programs that better serve the area, its artists, and arts organizations; and connects artists, audiences, businesses, foundations, and arts and cultural organizations with opportunities to explore and expand central Indiana’s creative vitality.

The Arts Council owns and operates two performance and exhibition spaces, the Indianapolis Artsgarden (attached to Circle Centre Mall) and Gallery 924 (at 924 N. Pennsylvania Street). Its online initiative, the Indy Arts Guide, provides a comprehensive arts calendar featuring thousands of events, performances, exhibitions, and artist opportunities throughout central Indiana. More information about the Arts Council and its activities can be found at

Description of Opportunity

The Arts Council announces an opportunity for an undergraduate or graduate student, or a recent B.A./M.A. holder, to serve as an intern with its Public Art department. The department consists of one full-time Director and a Coordinator shared with the Artist Services department. Additional service-learning students may participate in departmental activities.

The intern will assist the Public Art staff with maintaining the Arts Council’s Public Art Directory. Duties will consist of reviewing existing entries for accuracy, researching facts, correcting entries, adding new entries, adding photography, and (skills permitting) creating new photography.

Additional projects occurring during the semester, which will require assistance from the intern, are a collaboration with the City of Indianapolis to paint recycling bins and program planning/outreach/administration of the new Public Art for Neighborhoods initiative.

In addition to performing assigned tasks, the intern will likely be exposed to many facets of public art work including project meetings, selection processes, on-site installations, master planning, and community engagement. The intern may also be exposed to other Arts Council departments including Artist Services, the Indianapolis Artsgarden, Gallery 924 at the Arts Council, Grant Services, Arts Education, and Marketing.

The intern may also work on a public-art-related independent project with departmental supervision, as desired or as time permits.

The internship schedule is flexible. The intern may work two or three blocks of time per week as convenient, approximately 10 hours per week, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The total number of hours for this internship is 150 during the course of the semester.

This is a paid internship. The intern will receive a stipend of $1,500.00 for the semester, assuming the full schedule of 10 hours per week for 15 weeks is completed. Interns are required to complete a timesheet.


  • Education: Current undergraduate junior or senior, or recent A.A., B.S., or B.A. holder. Current M.A. or M.F.A. students are preferred. Appropriate majors include (but are not limited to) Art History, Art Administration, Public Administration, Museum Studies, Fine Art/Studio Art, Visual Communications, English, History, Information Science, Journalism, Communications, and Marketing. Must have completed the equivalent of one English composition class with a grade of B or better.
  • Experience: At least one year (or the equivalent) working in an office environment with extensive computer use. Prior work in an art museum, art gallery, or public art program (or similar) is preferred. Prior work in community arts settings is preferred.
  • Skills: Excellent written and verbal English; demonstrated knowledge of proper English grammar and punctuation; good research skills; and knowledge of how to apply proper footnoting and citations are required. Computer fluency is required, particularly with Word and information databases intended for public use. Prior familiarity with and love of public art is preferred. Familiarity with creation of a publicly-accessible database and with administration of a WordPress site is preferred. Academic or practical experience with the visual arts is preferred.


How to Apply

Send cover letter and updated resume via mail or email (as DOC, DOCX or PDF attachments) no later than January 2, 2017, to:

Julia Muney Moore, Director of Public Art
Arts Council of Indianapolis
924 N. Pennsylvania St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Selected applicants will be invited to interview during the week of January 9, 2017.  Interviewees will be asked to bring a writing sample and a list of references.

For additional information, use the email address above or call Julia at (317) 631-3301 x240.