What were your first arts internships or jobs like? How old were you when they happened? What have you carried with you from those experiences — as a best practice or as something from which to learn and grow? This session engages participants to actively reflect upon, brainstorm about and discuss the role that pre-professional training has in supporting a well-rounded arts education through a case study of the Bloomberg Arts Internship (BAI) Program in Baltimore. A member of the evaluation team at WolfBrown, a staff member from Baltimore’s program office at Young Audiences Maryland and an alum from the program share more about lived experiences, successes and learnings from BAI. More specifically, listeners will learn about the value of investing early and regularly in diverse talent and the need to amplify school year teachings with workplace experiences to ground and celebrate professional aspirations in the arts and culture field. Ultimately, the session encourages all participants to commit to expanding their understanding of arts education.
Jennifer Zheng, Young Audiences/Arts for Learning Maryland
Kathleen Hill, Senior Associate for Research and Outreach, WolfBrown
Kristina Berdan, Education Director, Young Audiences/Arts for Learning Maryland
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