Regional Arts Commission Now Accepting Applications For 2017 Katherine Dunham Internship

St. Louis – October 14, 2016 – The Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis (RAC) is proud to offer the Katherine Dunham Internship, a 16-week, learning opportunity designed to prepare students who have been historically under-represented in the field of arts administration for careers in the nonprofit arts and culture sector. Established in 2011 by St. Louis arts supporters Sara and Jack Burke, the Katherine Dunham Internship is funded in partnership with RAC where the internship is based. It provides experience in arts administration, a $6,000 stipend, and additional personal and professional enrichment opportunities.

Inspired by Dunham’s history of activism, the internship also has a special emphasis in community art, a practice that utilizes art and culture as a tool for social change and community development. The selected 2017 Katherine Dunham intern will engage with all aspects of RAC’s programs, but will train primarily within the Artist and Community Initiatives Department during the 16-week tenure.

Applicants to the Katherine Dunham internship must meet the following qualifications:

  • Undergraduate senior, graduate level student or recent graduate (1-3 years) from an under-represented demographic group;
  • Educational background in any academic area;
  • Expressed interest in pursuing a career in arts administration, primarily within the nonprofit arena;
  • Expressed interest in social justice and the role the arts can play in bringing people together to solve community problems;
  • Ability to work 20-24 hours per week between January and May during normal RAC business hours, Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm;
  • Willing to spend approximately 2-5 additional hours per week outside of normal business hours on extracurricular activities, such as attending arts and culture events, professional networking or other RAC activities.

Deadline To Apply: Friday, November 11, 2016

For more information and to apply online visit: https://racstl.org/about-rac/internships/

About the Regional Arts Commission www.racstl.org

The Regional Arts Commission (RAC) is at the forefront of efforts to transform St. Louis into a more vibrant, creative and economically thriving community by elevating the vitality, value and visibility of the arts. It is the largest annual funder of the arts in the region, and since its inception in 1985, RAC has awarded more than 6,900 grants totaling over $97 million to support nonprofit arts, individual artists, cultural organizations, consortiums and programs. Directed by a board of 15 commissioners appointed by the chief executives of St. Louis City and St. Louis County, RAC is a pivotal force in the continuing development and marketing of the arts in the region. Visit www.racstl.org for more information, or follow us on Facebook at Regional Arts Commission or Twitter @RACStLouis.

About Katherine Dunham

Katherine Mary Dunham (June 22, 1909 – May 21, 2006) was an African American dancer, choreographer, author, educator, and social activist. Dunham had one of the most successful dance careers in American and European theater of the 20th century, and has been called the “matriarch and queen mother of black dance”. Although most of Miss Dunham’s awards were for her contribution to the arts, she was also known as a formidable advocate for racial equality.



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