Art and Activism: Seminar (3 credits)
Taught by Mildred Beltré, Associate Professor of Studio Art, Art and Activism will be focused on community, artist interventions, and the history of community activism through art. This course will look at art and activism in New York City in both a historical and contemporary context. It will be focused on community arts methods and the history of community activism through art and will help place the internship in the thematic and political framework of the city.
Starting with a grounding of what context each of us brings to the city, we will consider the historical and current state of the city and how the arts and institutions function within it. The coursework is structured as nodes within intersectional constellations of issues, tactics, and artists. Through readings we learn about international, national, and New York-based movements, artists, and collectives. ARTH 2870: Art and Activism.
City as Classroom: Professional Development Course (3 credits)
Students will meet every Thursday to begin to develop their professional identity and understand how to navigate the workplace as they get a feel for their career path in the arts. In small groups, students will interact with peers, identify and leverage their strengths, and share about their internship experiences. Throughout the program, students will build a portfolio that showcases what they’ve learned and documents their professional journey. These credits count as elective academic credits: CAS 1990 "AiA:City as Classroom"
Learning by Doing: Internship (9 credits)
Students will work at an internship for at least 24 hours a week (3-4 days) doing meaningful work in the arts world. Expect to work 360 hours over the course of the semester. Students will be matched with one of several internship sites that have agreed to host UVM students. There may be several students at each site, adding to the feeling of community this program thrives upon. While every effort will be made to match you with an internship that aligns with your interests, it is essential to understand that any experience in a NYC arts organization will be helpful to you in your future career in the arts. Matches will be made by November 17. Any questions about this process should be directed to Kelley Di Dio.
Past internship locations have included: the Brooklyn Museum, BRIC, Creative Time, Daniel Arsham Studio, Lower East Side Printshop, Museum of the Moving Image, Queens Museum, Franklin Furnace, Weeksville Heritage Center, Brooklyn Children's Museum, and the International Studio and Curatorial Program.
Students will gain first-hand exposure to the workings of arts institutions and various aspects of the arts. They will gain knowledge of the diverse communities of New York and how communities access art through these institutions, as well as gaining a sense of how art and artists function in the world. What are the different audiences? How do artists get their work out? What resources are available to artists and arts institutions? What is their role in the city? What happens in an artist's studio?
These credits count as elective internship credits and DO count toward graduation. Keep in mind, however, that you can only count a maximum of 12 internship credits toward graduation as per CAS internship policy. Check with your advisor if you have questions. CAS 2991 "Int: AiA: Learning by Doing"
Mandatory Fall Meetings
There will be a series of meetings throughout the fall semester (prior to the program) that are designed to help structure the internship matching process and prepare you for your time in NYC. These meetings will also allow you to get to know your classmates before departing. Dates are as follows:
- Wednesday, October 19 at 5:30 PM
- Wednesday, October 25 at 5:30 PM
- Wednesday, November 8 at 5:30 PM
- Wednesday, November 29 at 5:30 PM
UVM students must meet the following requirements in order to participate in Arts in Action:
- At least junior standing during the semester you intend to participate. (In some rare cases we will consider a student with sophomore standing who has previous internship / professional experience or who is in their 3rd year at UVM).
- GPA above 2.5
- International students who hold F-1 or J-1 visa status must seek permission from the Office of International Education in order to participate.
- Application form
The application form is designed to help you think about your reasons for applying to this program. It will ask you about yourself, your experiences, and your goals.
Your resume should list your education, previous employment, skills, volunteer experience, and any educational or leadership experience you believe has prepared you to be an intern. Try to keep it to 1-page. (Example resume)
You will need to contact a professor or other professional reference and ask if they would be willing to provide you with a recommendation. You'll be asked to submit their name on the application form. Then, they will be sent an auto-email asking for them to fill out a survey about your strengths as a candidate. A reminder email from you about this is always helpful!
If selected for the final round, you will be asked to attend an interview with the selection committee. This is to get to know you a bit more and to allow you to express anything that did not appear in your application materials.
- October 11 – Application deadline
- October 2 - October 11 – Rolling Admission Interviews
- October 13 – All students have been notified of admission decision
- October 18 - All students informed of financial aid amount (for the program fee)
- October 25 – Deadline to accept your place in the program and pay deposit (see below)
- November 13-16 – Registration for courses associated with this program
- December 8 – Deadline to complete the pre-departure checklist
- January 13 – Move-in window begins
Housing will be located in St. George Towers in Brooklyn Heights. Find more information and accessibility information on the Educational Housing Services (EHS) website. Each student in the program is guaranteed a bed in a double room. Roommates will be randomly assigned with change of roommate requests being routed through the EHS team after program enrollment. Any concerns about the housing should be sent to Sophia Trigg, CAS Internship Program Director, who can get in touch with the EHS team prior to enrollment.
There is no meal plan associated with this program, so students will have to coordinate with their roommates to grocery shop and cook. Professor Beltre will also be able to recommend budget-friendly spots around the area.
The New York City subway and transit systems now accept ApplePay, GooglePay, and SamsungPay, as well as contactless credit and debit cards. You can also purchase a pre-paid card to use. More information can be found on the MTA website.
Financial Information & Program Costs:
Tuition: Students will pay their normal tuition & fees for a semester at UVM. All scholarships and financial aid apply as they would during any other semester as a UVM student. Questions should be directed to Student Financial Services.
Deposit: Students accepting their place in the program will be required to pay a $300 deposit by October 25, 2023. This deposit is non-refundable unless UVM cancels the program. This deposit will count toward the total Program Fee listed below.
Program Fee: Students will pay a program fee of $9,847 to UVM that will cover housing for the semester and one meal per week during class time. The $300 deposit mentioned above counts toward this program fee total, so in function, you will be charged $300 in October on your Fall bill (the deposit) and then charged the rest ($9,547) on your Spring 2024 bill.
Financial aid to assist with the program fee will be need-based and will be calculated based on information provided to Student Financial Services through the FAFSA. You will find out how much assistance you qualify for by October 18, 2023, so that you can make an informed decision about your participation in this program prior to the deposit being due and accepting your place. If you did not complete the FAFSA but believe you will need help with this program fee, please reach out to SFS and loop in Sophia Trigg, CAS Internship Program Director, for support.
The Arts in Action Team:
Kelley Di Dio – Director of the School of the Arts - firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact Kelley for questions regarding the program content, organization, internships, course, or other general questions.
Mildred Beltre – Professor of Art & instructor of the Arts in Action program. Mildred will be on sabbatical during Fall 2023, so all questions regarding the content of the program internship matching, or about whether the program is a good fit for you should be directed to Kelley Di Dio (above). Mildred will be running the program in New York during Spring 2024.
Sophia Trigg & Kelly Smith – CAS Internship Programs – email@example.com. Contact Kelly and Sophia for questions about the application process, Program Fee, housing, timeline, deposit, or other general questions and we can direct you to the right person.