Ongoing

Oakland Technical High School

Externs have the opportunity to work with Oakland’s Fashion Art and Design Academy instructors to enrich a variety of science and humanities classes by integrating arts education methodologies.

Organization Description:

Fashion Art and Design Academy (FADA) provides a small, engaging, and diverse collaborative learning community for all students. Through real-world, work-based learning experiences, industry partnerships, and education in a range of disciplines, FADA students are empowered to begin post-secondary paths in the fields of fashion, art, and design.

Externship Description:

Externs at Fashion Art and Design Academy assist in lessons by engaging students one-on-one with their work. Externs help FADA students with specific assignments, such as exhibition installations, portfolio presentations, photo documentations of artwork, and writing their artistic statements. Externs also have the opportunity to work with instructors on enriching a variety of science and humanities classes by integrating arts education methodologies.

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SOMArts

Externs at SOMArts Cultural Center serve as community liaisons for artistic programming helping to publicize and promote exhibitions and events through on- and off-line outreach, as well as marketing activities.

Organization Description:

SOMArts is a beloved cross-cultural and community-built space in San Francisco, with a rich history spanning over 40 years. As an incubator for ideas that lie outside the mainstream of contemporary art funding and consumption, SOMArts provides a space where cutting-edge events and counterculture commingle with traditional art forms to open up, engage, and inspire the community.

Externship Description:

Externs at SOMArts Cultural Center serve as community liaisons for artistic programming helping to publicize and promote exhibitions and events through on- and off-line outreach, as well as marketing activities. In addition, CCA Externs identify and activate opportunities for SOMArts to engage with community groups, schools, and neighborhoods.

“CONNECTS taught me to appreciate my role as an artist in my community. Artists aren’t here to just make art, we’re here to bring people together, to educate others!” – Michelle Lagasca, BFA Illustration (‘14), 13-14 CONNECTS Extern

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Children’s Creativity Museum

Externs apply their art and design skills to furthering what Children’s Creativity Museum list as the needed three Cs of 21st century skills: Creativity, Collaboration, and Communication.

Organization Description:

The Children’s Creativity Museum uses interactive art and technology exhibits to engage youth and families in the 3C’s of 21st century skills—Creativity, Collaboration, and Communication. They envision a world where critical thinking, broad collaboration, effective communication, and multiple prototyped solutions inspire new ideas and innovative solutions. They believe that the success of the next generation will hinge on not only what they know, but also on their ability to think and act creatively as global citizens.

CONNECTS provided me with an opportunity to “introduce” myself as an Arts and Education Administration professional through an established organization, rather than just through cold call pitches or a resume. My time at CCM and planning Creativity Day was like a living work portfolio that gave local organizations a reflection of my skill sets in action. – Dani Neitzelt, MA VCS, 13-14 CONNECTS Extern

Externship Description:

CONNECTS externs support Children’s Creativity Museum staff as assistant instructors, as well as community engagement program assistants. Within these roles externs assist with school field trips, artist in-residency workshops, and large museum-wide family events. Externs apply Art, Design, Teaching, Community Development, and Project Management skills throughout various roles within the museum, and gain experience with community engagement and museum programming.

Our extern was absolutely amazing. She was excellent at building relationships with outside organizations for our annual Creativity Day. She also was extremely organized and very good at communication. We had nearly 1200 visitors that day who were able to enjoy our museum due to her outstanding work. – Jill Slagter, Senior Manager, Education and Exhibits at the Children’s Creativity Museum

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Public Architecture

At Public Architecture, the SF non-profit design firm, CONNECTS externs actively contribute to their mission of community betterment through ar, design and architecture.

Organization Description:

Public Architecture undertakes public interest design and challenges other firms’ engagement in pro bono design, and mobilizes designers to transform communities. They ask designers and manufacturers to commit their resources to design for the public good and help nonprofits see design as a vehicle to advance their missions. Public Architecture shares best practices, lessons learned, and advocates for social impact design through resources, presentations, and other outreach efforts.

Being able to be a part of a group that has the goal of community betterment through art and design has been an important part of my education experience.—Leila Khosrovi, MArch, 13-14 CONNECTS Extern

Externship Description:

Externs at Public Architecture gain invaluable experience as assistants in the 1% pro bono design program. Within this role externs perform research, outreach, and support the writing and design of case studies highlighting partnerships between designers and nonprofit organizations. Additionally, externs update web content, craft presentation slides, compose outreach materials, and create graphics.

Our extern was instrumental in the writing, editing, design, and publication of two pro bono project case studies, which served to fulfill our partnership obligations with two of the largest design associations in the nation (ASID, IIDA)…. her energy and enthusiasm were infectious; we miss her already! – Jennifer Lau, Development Manager at Public Architecture.

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Creativity Explored

Working as studio teaching assistants, CONNECTS Externs cultivate individualized projects geared towards the skills and interests of developmentally disabled CE artists

Organization Description:

Creativity Explored provides supportive studio environments and art materials for adults with developmental disabilities to use for the creation of art that is personally rewarding and appreciated by others. At Creativity Explored, art is a captivating means of challenging and transforming assumptions about disability. Creativity Explored works with community by increasing awareness of the value and diversity of artistic expression in the Bay Area.

The most rewarding aspect of working at Creativity Explored  is being a part of a loving community of artists who are given the space, materials, and opportunity to have a visual voice to create, learn, and sell their art. – Iesha Anglin, MFA, 14-15 CONNECTS Extern

Externship Description:

As studio teaching assistants externs build relationships with the artists at Creativity Explored, and learn to understand their tendencies, skills, and interests. Externs facilitate the creation of art by adults with developmental disabilities, and conceive of projects that challenge the artists to build and develop their creative practice. Within this role externs gain experience with studio space facilitation, adaptive strategies, and project management.

Our extern is a really engaged and thoughtful person who brings sophisticated concepts to CE artists in a manner that they can understand. – Francis Kohler, CE2 Studio & Services Manager/ Visual Arts Instructor at Creativity Explored.

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