IIP Placements in the Arts
Baboro International Arts Festival for Children
Location: Galway, Ireland
Baboró International Arts Festival for Children is Ireland’s flagship international arts festival devoted exclusively to children and families. It brings the most diverse selection of world-class events from Ireland and around the world to its annual one-week festival in Galway each October. The IIP intern will be an essential part of their team as they prepare for their 16th annual festival. The IIP intern will be responsible for updating and developing the Welcome Pack for Artists and Delegates, working on the Google AdWords campaign, updating the Baboró website with Festival information, conducting web research for Baboró, and other duties as they arise. The IIP intern will have the opportunity to develop additional projects in line with the needs of the 2014 Festival. IIP candidates with an interest in the arts are encouraged to apply. One placement has been established for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP interns): Intern One: My main responsibility was to create the official Welcome Pack for the incoming artists and delegates of the 2013 festival. This involved researching each participating company and its respective show, writing the company backgrounds and show descriptions, designing the welcome pack, and collecting business contact information/soliciting deals. I served as the point of contact for company managers, helped create festival schedules, and assisted in updating and revising the Baboró website. Intern Two: Designed, created, and assembled 300 craft kits for the festival to sell as merchandise. Also ordered other merchandise.
Bayimba Cultural Foundation
Location: Kampala, Uganda
About: Bayimba Cultural Foundation recognizes the relevance of culture and arts in developing and shaping society. It also recognizes the potential of the arts and creative arts industry in Uganda and believes that it offers viable options for self realization by individual artists as well as arts organizations and that it contributes to social and economic development in Uganda. The Bayimba Cultural Foundation is dedicated to making Uganda a significant hub for music and arts on the African continent and over the past several years it has sought to organize a wide range of activities to develop the creative arts industry in Uganda. One placement has been established for an IIP intern.
Intern responsibilities: This summer, an IIP intern will be responsible for the execution of an assessment of Bayimba’s past and current arts education programme within the wider Ugandan (and East African) context and make recommendations for the future (competitive) positioning of Bayimba Academy as a separate and distinguished (informal) arts education institution. Specific responsibilities for the IIP interns will include a desk-study to collect and assess information available (research, surveys, policies etc.); meetings with relevant internal/external stakeholders (staff, partners, participants); an environmental scan of (current and future) arts education climate; assessment of Bayimba’s relevance, strengths and weaknesses in arts education; identification of business niche(s) for the future Bayimba Academy and presentation of assessment and recommendations to the full Bayimba team.
Qualifications: IIP candidates with a background in social sciences and an interest in creative industry are encouraged to apply. Experience in arts education, cross-cultural communication and relevant software applications would be an asset. Interested IIP candidates should also have good analytical, presentation, organizational and collaborative skills.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): Intern 1: Researcher: developed framework for measuring the economic impact of music festivals in East Africa, which involved survey creation, interviews, and marketing ; helped with logistics at music festivals (ticket sales, information) ; launched an artists' cooperative which gave Ugandan artists a vehicle for sharing performance opportunities, equipment, and skills/knowledge; transcribed speeches at associated events. Intern 2: Marketing and Advertising Strategic Coordinator: brand promotion, media landscape analysis, analysis of current advertising tools, competitive analysis, etc.
The Cape Town Edge, ASSITEJ, and Alexander Upstairs
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
About: This IIP placement is with all three entities: the Cape Town Edge, ASSITEJ and Alexander Upstairs. The Cape Town Edge is a festival within a festival. They bring together productions that show off the lively, diverse, and high quality theater industry of Cape Town and create a vibrant space at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival for them to thrive. The Association Internationale du Theatre pour l'Enfance et la Jeunesse (ASSITEJ) is a global alliance linking thousands of theaters, organizations and individuals in more than 80 countries, working in the field of theater for children and young people. ASSITEJ South Africa links theater practitioners, organizations, schools and companies across the country who share a belief in the transformative difference that theater can make in the lives of young people. ASSITEJ SA focuses on creating access to theater for young people, supporting and developing emerging and established artists, empowering arts’ education, and connecting and advocating for the arts in the lives of young people. The main project of ASSITEJ will be a sister project of Cape Town Edge. Alexander Upstairs is a professional theater. Three placements have been established for IIP interns.
Intern responsibilities: IIP responsibilities may include but are not limited to: overseeing productions (including technical dimensions), hands on marketing, the collection and collation of audience data, and the presentation of workshops. IIP interns will have the opportunity to take initiative and run with a number of aspects of the planned projects, depending on their skills and interest. The intern may also work on production and marketing, including learning aspects of technical theater (sound, lighting, set, and multimedia). There is also the opportunity to travel to another festival with a production from National Arts Festival before returning to Cape Town to wrap up projects. Previous IIP interns have created a budget for the performances at the festival, drafted reports for sponsors, contributed website content and managed other festival related logistics.
Qualifications: IIP candidates with interests in the performing arts, arts administration, theater, working behind-the-scenes in theater, working with children, and doing workshops are encouraged to apply. Technical experience in running a theater show and knowledge of the backstage workings of a theater would be an asset.
The Culture Fund of Zimbabwe Trust
Location: Harare, Zimbabwe
About: The Culture Fund of Zimbabwe Trust is an organization that provides financial and technical support to cultural practitioners, institutions, and activities with the ultimate aim of contributing to the development of the cultural sector in Zimbabwe. The Fund works with artists, institutions, associations, promoters, administrators, and other experts on projects that include performances, festivals, exhibitions, workshops, research, and other programming. The Fund was set up to assist Zimbabweans with access to finance, skills, and markets. In an effort to make these available to cultural practitioners, the Fund not only makes funds available, but also works to create platforms that help identify, develop and showcase talent. It is the Fund's vision to create a diversified and sustainable sector that not only preserves Zimbabwean values and heritage, but also contributes to wealth creation through arts and culture. One placement has been established for an IIP intern.
Intern responsibilities: The IIP intern will work within the programs department to assist with incoming grant applications as well as work to establish a database for the department. Specific responsibilities for the IIP intern may include: Marketing, media and publicity: contributing to institutional marketing plans, writing articles and other promotional and publicity materials; Resource Mobilization: assisting with identifying and engaging international funders, contributing to project concept development; Grant Application Processing: preparation of grant offer letters and contracts, compilation of weekly project recommendations and updating grantee spreadsheets; monitoring and evaluation of funded projects, producing monitoring reports for projects monitored and attending to grantee queries; Research and Development: contribute to research programs; and Workshops and Exhibitions: assisting with workshop coordination, representing the Culture Fund at stands during exhibitions, assisting Programs and Projects officer(s) in implementation of program activities and any other duties.
Qualifications: IIP candidates with interests in social sciences, media and communications, research, monitoring and evaluation, and arts and culture management are encouraged to apply. Skills in marketing, fundraising, communications, and new media would be an asset.
Sesame Workshop India
Location: New Delhi, India
Sesame Workshop India, the organization behind Galli Galli Sim Sim, uses the power of the media to help children reach their highest potential. They develop and distribute high quality and engaging content to reach children aged 0-8. Their content aims to facilitate young Indian children's basic academic and life skills, while celebrating India's rich cultural diversity, in order to promote their overall cognitive, socio-emotional and physical development. Galli Galli Sim Sim, the television series, has been watched by 80 million children since its debut in 2006 and currently reaches approximately 18 million children per year in partnership with national cable channels. Recently SWI has entered the school education space through the launch of Sesame Schoolhouse whose curriculum and methodology integrates hands-on project-based learning, with creative approaches to foster critical thinking and problem solving, laying a strong foundation to promote lifelong learning. IIP intern(s) will work on projects in one of the following three areas:
- Education team: The IIP intern will work to adapt and customize an existing educational product for a digital medium. This intern will be responsible for adapting an existing Sesame Street Preschool board/floor game or a print book into a digital experience for children 3-6 years. The IIP intern will also work closely with the Education, Design, and Technical teams to develop the mechanics and user interface of the game/book and explore how the user experience and interactivity can be increased. The intern will be provided with reference materials on best practices for developing digital content for young children.
- Research team: The IIP intern will work on data analysis and reporting of their qualitative research studies. The IIP intern will be responsible for synthesizing findings from multiple research studies and will prepare a report and summary sheet on how the provision of low cost tablets and mobile phones with educational content increases engagement and familiarity with the technology. The IIP intern will also present the success stories and challenges of introducing technology in low-quality classrooms and in homes (marginalized population) in order to inform future initiatives and interventions.
- Games and innovations project: The IIP intern will analyze the existing innovations in children’s educational products in India and provide recommendations to the Sesame Workshop India team on growing trends. This IIP intern may also interview parents, teachers, and other stakeholders for additional information. This IIP intern will also be provided an opportunity to work with the Education team to develop a new innovative product or its prototype.
IIP candidates should have: the ability to think outside the box, a commitment to making a meaningful difference in the lives of children, sensitivity to different cultures, and excellent research and writing skills. IIP candidates with interests in media, anthropology, English, psychology, sociology, the humanities, and international education are encouraged to apply. Four placements have been created for International Internship Program.
Southern African Music Rights Organization (SAMRO) Foundation
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
About: The aims and objectives of the SAMRO Foundation include the promotion of the national arts through sponsorships of various kinds, encouraging excellence in the arts through education, facilitating economic participation in the creative economy, influencing cultural and arts policy by means of research and advocacy, and promoting living cultural heritage. One placement has been established for an IIP intern.
Intern responsibilities: The IIP intern will be responsible for the following: organizing and conducting workshops on various issues surrounding preservation and promotion of music; organizing small-scale exhibitions on certain South African composers and their works; conducting research on South African composers in order to compile comprehensive profiles for exhibitions and workshops; assisting the team to further develop the current Music Archive Marketing Strategy; and strengthening the SAMRO Foundation's website and social media presence.
Qualifications: IIP candidates with interests in marketing, communications, music and the creative industries (arts, culture and heritage) are encouraged to apply. Technical skills in project management, research, and/or archival databases would be an asset.
Location: Beijing, China
About: SURGE Art showcases China’s most promising emerging artists in its major art fairs and e-commerce platform – selecting talents from renowned artist communities to prestigious art schools – their mission is to bring the most provocative and artful works to the forefront of the art world. It prides itself as a leading platform for discovering quality, contemporary art in China, selling artworks at affordable prices, accessible to all. With over eight years of hands-on experience in the art market, its mission is to provide China’s cutting-edge artists an opportunity to display and sell their work to the wider public. SURGE Art has held art fairs since 2006. Their fairs see thousands of artists, participants, selling hundreds or works of art and attracting tens of thousands of visitor to each fair. Their online gallery brings thousands of quality artworks by hundreds of artists to viewers with just one click, so that art can be accessible all year round. Two placements have been established for IIP interns.
Intern responsibilities: IIP interns with SURGE Art will work on one or more of the following three projects:
- Written Content Production for Website
- - Conduct interviews with artists to enhance the depth and breadth of the existing artist profiles
- - Create blog posts about studio visits and SURGE Art events
- - Assist other staff in daily office routines
- - Assist other staff at events and with online projects
- Visual Content Production for Website
- - Document interviews with artists to enhance the depth and breadth of the existing artist profiles
- - Assist in the productions of artist videos to be featured on the website (Example: http://surgeart.com/artist-profile/chen-linggang/)
- - Assist in documenting studio visits and SURGE Art events
- - Assist other staff in daily office routines
- - Assist other staff at events and with online projects
- Catalogue, Proposal, Flyer and Book Design
- - Assisting in the design of catalogues for SURGE Art annual acquisitions to be distributed to our VIP clients
- - Assist in putting together a professional-looking and aesthetically pleasing proposals for our art consultancy clients
- - Assisting in designing flyers and posters for our pop-up events