Allentown Art Museum is seeking an energetic and synergistic intern for The Threads that Connect Us Internship for the Summer of 2021. This internship opportunity is tied to the Museum’s summer exhibition, Roots, and the accompanying programmatic initiative, The Threads We Share. This season-long program will consist of both in-person and virtual quilting circles, in which an Artist in Residence will guide a textile workshop while a mediator guides a conversation around a central theme. This group will also share and gather stories from the group while they create quilting squares. This program will culminate in a community quilt and an exhibition in the Museum’s Community Gallery which will highlight the stories shared in these circles and the experiences that connect us.

This intern will be integral to the success of the program, as this person will assist with coordinating circles with different community groups, help create quilting kits, setting up for the circles, including setting up video and audio equipment for capturing stories, as well as developing, collecting, and managing survey feedback and group participation.

Interns will gain practical experience running a community-wide programmatic initiative including coordinating with outside partners and vendors, planning dates, materials, and other logistic details. They will work with diverse audiences both in-person and virtually, while gaining valuable teaching experience. Students will broaden their understanding of museums and their role in a community while developing greater interpersonal, writing, moderating, and community building skills. As an integral part of this project, this intern will influence the reach and impact of this program and make a difference in many lives throughout the Lehigh Valley.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please note that meetings will occur both in-person and on a virtual platform. In-person quilting circles will take place at community centers and meeting locations across the Lehigh Valley as well as at the Museum. Any physical interactions at the Museum will strictly adhere to social distancing and hygienic measures as mandated by the Pennsylvania State policy.

Qualifications:

The Public Engagement department is seeking an individual who is energetic, personable, flexible, and passionate about the arts and community building. Candidates with experience teaching virtually or in-person and that can provide a portfolio of work that includes lesson plans or educational arts activities will be given special consideration.

This individual will work with the Museum’s diverse audiences and therefore must possesses knowledge, sensitivity, and understanding of the social, political, personal, and cross-cultural needs of students and participants. Familiarity with graphic design and video editing/creation is also a plus.

Fluency in Spanish is preferred, but not required.

Quilting or textile manipulation experience is also preferred by not required.

Compensation:

The Allentown Art Museum is proud to offer stipends to Interns accepted into the Summer 2021 program. Other benefits include a complimentary Student Membership which gives access to discounts at several local shops and eateries, as well as a discount at the Museum Store.

Stipends are provided at the end of the semester and are dependent upon the completion of the program. All travel will also be reimbursed based on the mandated 2021IRS rates.

Application Instructions:

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Applicants must supply the following materials to be considered for this position:

  1. A letter of interest outlining how the candidate’s qualifications and experiences align with the position description.
  2. A curriculum vitae.

All materials should be sent to education@allentownartmuseum.org with the subject line “The Threads that Connect Us Internship Application.”

State and Federal Clearances as well as a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can begin work with the Allentown Art Museum.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

Allentown Art Museum is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.

About Allentown Art Museum:

Founded in 1934 and incorporated in 1939, the Allentown Art Museum (AAM) is the premier public visual arts facility in northeastern, PA. The Museum strives to be an inclusive regional resource that uses arts and culture as a catalyst to drive interaction, education, experimentation, and social change by offering exhibitions and programs that inspire, teach, transform, and engage our Valley–one person, one idea at a time. Our vision is to stimulate the active exploration of the arts and provide access, education, and engagement. Our goals include developing innovative programs to ensure that we can listen, respond to, and serve our community effectively. The Museum maintains a collection of 20,000 works of art in a 54,000+ sq. ft. facility, enjoying 60,000-70,000 visitors annually.