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Happy Holidays From DITA!

We wish you a happy, safe, and healthy holiday season. DITA will be closed the week of December 22nd, all communications will receive a reply the last week of December.


How Are Host Sites Selected?


With applications closed for the 2021 program, the DITA team is currently in the process of selecting our Host Sites for the coming internship. This year, our selection committee expands with our two newest Advisory Board members along with a representative from DITA's fiscal host, the Arts Students League of Denver.

Selection committee members are provided with the full application from each prospective participant and given three weeks to review the applications and request additional information from the Program Administrator. During their application, each organization selects a staff member to act as a DITA intern's dedicated supervisor, who meets with the Program Administrator while the committee reviews applications. This meeting is usually accompanied by a site visit (currently replaced with video calls due to the pandemic surge) so DITA can confirm adequate working space for an intern and review accessibility.

Armed with notes and additional information, the committee has a selection meeting to go through each applicant, discuss their potential, and craft our Host Site cohort. When reviewing applications, our committee is searching for organizations that have already demonstrated a commitment to DEI, that will provide exciting hands-on opportunities for their intern, and that have a suitable infrastructure established to ensure their intern has support.

Community Happenings

Today is Colorado Gives Day!

Join thousands of Coloradans to support local nonprofits on Tuesday, December 8, 2020. This annual statewide movement celebrates and increases philanthropy in Colorado through online giving. Colorado Gives Day features a $1 million Incentive Fund. Every nonprofit receiving a donation on Colorado Gives Day receives a portion of the fund, increasing impact and the value of every dollar donated.


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Promote Diversity in the Arts Through The Colorization Collective!

The Colorization Collective is an organization that supports teen artists of color, regardless of artistic medium. In other words, writers, sculptors, singers, makeup artists are all welcome! We highlight teens through two main initiatives: our mentorship opportunity, where we pair teen artists of color with adult artists of color; as well as online content, such as blog articles, social media campaigns, and our web-series. All programs are completely free to participate in and may be eligible for community service hours depending on the school.

We would love to feature your work through our initiatives. If you're interested, feel free to email us at colorizationcollective@gmail.com. Teens can:

- Start a chapter of The Collective at their high school. This is a great way to promote diversity in the arts at a local level, as well as build leadership skills.

- Be featured on our blog/social media or our web-series. (More information here.)

- Write a review, interview, or feature for our blog.

- Submit their work to our micro-issue with Siblini Journal

- And more! Simply email us if you have an idea for a project you'd like to see or lead.

DITA Spotlight: Call for Writers

The work to improve diversity, equity and inclusion in the arts & culture sector is being championed by advocates and leaders across the state. To that end, there are dozens upon dozens of voices carrying unique perspectives that can help enrich the conversation that surrounds this movement. DITA is searching for writers who can share their advocacy journey, call attention to underserved communities and goals, and continue to drive the discussion forward.

Email us at dita.internship@gmail.com with the subject line 'DITA Spotlight


Proposal' and share your vision for the next spotlight story.

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