An Inside Look
What Have We Been Doing?
In a Covid-19 world, many institutions and organizations have had no choice but to adapt to remote-working and DITA is no exception. Although the internship program has had the opportunity to continue this summer, the 2020 cohort is experiencing a completely different program than last year. Even so, host sites and interns are working together to continue diversity, equity, and inclusion work in all that they do. Continue reading to discover what each intern has been doing this summer and how they have learned to adapt.
"At the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities my duties include; assisting with fundraising efforts and event planning, creating an IDEA presentation for board members, and creating a production video for the gallery. I have been able to work with the gallery who is putting on Pink Progression, a multi-media exhibition celebrating Womxn and the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment. I have learned a lot about what it is like to work in the professional/corporate side of the arts. One of my favorite things about the Arvada Center is the wealth of different kinds of art celebrated here, there is theatre, dance, sculpture, painting, 3D and Digital Art, and a lot more I haven't even discovered yet!" - Claire B.
"Hello! My name is Hannah, and I've been interning at the Arvada Center. My role as a DITA intern was partly to provide insight into how the Arvada Center could implement more of I.D.E.A. (inclusion, diversity, equity, and access). I love working here because I know that most of my coworkers recognize the need for diversity and are willing to help me enact and propose my I.D.E.A. programs in the best way possible." - Hannah L.
"Working with the American Friends Service Committee has been a great way for me to explore the world of social justice through a peaceful nonprofit. To name a few tasks I've been working on so far, I've been engaged with direct action organizing, visual designing, and grant research. I am learning new things every day, and feel grateful that my work is going towards a worthy cause!" - Sam L.
"Lighthouse Writers Workshop provides a space for writers of all experience to come together, celebrate their works, and grow as an artist. As an intern here, I help out with their youth summer workshops, work on administrative projects, and do small day by day assignments. I have not only learned strategies to improve my own writing skills, but have been able to see how a nonprofit organization can navigate & adapt to unpredictable times. I have an immense appreciation for every staff and faculty member here that has continued to show their dedication and commitment to the arts in whatever form possible." - Sierra R.
"Working with the Newman Center for the Performing Arts has given me a unique, one of a kind introduction into the world of arts nonprofit. A few of the tasks I've been involved with include planning community engagement events, writing blog posts, and creating study guides for annual programs. I am grateful for all the experiences I've had so far and hope to continue DEI (diversity, equity, inclusion) commitment in all that I do!" - Genesis G.
"Since working at the Center for Visual Art during a quarantine, I’ve been doing some busy work. I’ve been tasked with writing about employee experiences, and conducting interviews regarding diversity and other workplace ethic. I wish there were a way to know what to do after this as a graduate who isn’t going back to school in the fall, but there’s not much to offer. I wish I could actually see a show or be a part of putting one together, but these times haven’t offered much in that respect. Working with the CVA is not difficult, and I can see they care about social justice." - Kerriana T.