Exhibitions Volunteer/Intern

Summary

As part of PIVOT (Programmatic Interns and Volunteers Organized Together),the Curatorial Department at the Society of Arts and Crafts seeks an exhibitions volunteer/intern to assist the Assistant Curator with exhibitions duties. The dual mission of The Society is to encourage the creation, collection, and promotion of the work of contemporary craft artists and to advance public appreciation of fine craft. The Society fulfills its mission through exhibitions, the twice-annual CraftBoston craft show, a retail gallery, public programs, and awards and grants for craft artists. After more than 40 successful years on Newbury Street, The Society is moving to 100 Pier 4 in the Seaport in late Summer 2016 and is expanding its programming capacity.

Primary Responsibilities
● Assist with exhibitions planning and organization
● Exhibition installation and deinstallation (basic tools knowledge preferred)
● Monitor the gallery during open hours (availability on Thursday evenings preferred)
● Engage with guests in a thoughtful, polite and informative manner
● Assist with educational programs

Goals
Following the volunteer/internship period (August 1 to end of December), the volunteer/intern will have learned
the following skills:

● best-practices object handling
● gallery preparation
● education and engagement

The Society is committed to encouraging the next generation of artists, curators, educators, and arts administrators. At the completion of the volunteer/internship period, the volunteer/intern will have the opportunity to:

● have an informal interview with Society staff to learn more about their backgrounds and current roles
● have their resume and cover letter reviewed
● practice interviewing skills

For volunteers wishing to have this experience for class credit as an internship, please make note in your cover letter and if selected, we will be able to accommodate this.

Basic Qualifications/Requirements
This volunteer opportunity/internship is open to everyone. Ability to lift 25 lbs, and the ability to stand on ladders required. Knowledge and skills of hand tools prefered. The volunteer/intern should possess excellent communication skills and ability to work independently, and should be hard-working, reliable, detail-oriented, and have a sense of humor.

10 hours a week. Unpaid. To begin September 1.

Please send resumes to Associate Curator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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