Alchemy Art Center Seeks Intern
***Position Filled for 2019! Please check back for 2020.***
For the very first time, Alchemy Art Center is offering an exciting new internship position!
This opportunity is perfect for someone eager to learn the ins and outs of maintaining a working art studio, in exchange for accommodation and studio access in the beautiful San Juan Islands. If you are self-motivated, highly organized, and eager to work and learn, we would love to hear from you!
ABOUT ALCHEMY ART CENTER
Alchemy is a new nonprofit Art Center on San Juan Island. Our facilities include a Ceramics studio, a Darkroom, and a Print Shop. We offer monthly Studio Memberships in each area for a total of approximately 20 members. In addition, we host classes for kids and adults and run an Artists in Residence program in the summer. We also hold periodic retreats in our Dome and host music events, art shows and bonfires regularly.
Nestled in the forest, Alchemy is a unique and and beautiful place. We have chickens, a pond, a garden, and ten long-term residents.
We are looking for someone who is willing to devote 2+ hours of their time per weekday (hours might be less or more depending on the day, but total hours will not exceed 10-12 per week). Our internships will start at 3 months, with opportunity to continue if it’s a good fit. This position is primarily as a studio technician. We need help loading and unloading the kiln, making glazes, mixing photo chemicals, keeping the studios clean and organized, setting up for classes and retreats, maintaining inventory, etc. We are also interested in help with the garden, administration, and marketing. This is a great opportunity to learn how a studio works and how to run a community space. You will learn a lot at Alchemy, and we know that you will love your time here.
WHO WE ARE LOOKING FOR
We are looking for someone who is self motivated and highly organized, with a great work ethic, who is willing to learn new skills. Our ideal candidate is someone who is tidy, extremely reliable, and who will take on the responsibilities of the studio with pride and positivity. Many of the tasks we need help with require someone who can determine when/what needs to be done on their own. We will comprehensively train our intern in all studio tasks, but we are not interested in micromanagement. We are also looking for someone who is a good, tidy community member, able to give people who are focused on their work privacy, and who is excited to work on their own projects as well.
ACCOMMODATIONS AND STUDIO ACCESS
Our property is located on 9 acres of forest and open space, with buildings and residences concentrated in our main center. We have ten full-time residents who share two kitchens and bathrooms. Our intern will be sharing the Alchemy Hall Kitchen with one-two current Artists in Residence, and three long term property residents. The kitchen and bathroom must be kept tidy at all times, as they are also used by the studio members and people in workshops. For the summer we will be offering a tent platform as a private sleeping space, although we will be building a lightweight cabin before the fall, providing a possibility to stay longer than the summer. Our intern will have opportunities to participate in a large garden, care for chickens, enjoy a wood-fired hot tub, and make friends with lots of cozy people in beautiful spaces. We also have a 35 foot geodesic dome for Meditation, Movie nights, Yoga, etc.
Our intern will have membership to all our our studio spaces, and may access them for art making during all open studio times. They will also receive a discount on all classes offered at Alchemy.
Please submit a few paragraphs about yourself. We want to hear about your experiences, and why you think you’ll be a good fit at Alchemy. Are you an artist? Please send us pictures if so! Please also provide three references.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions!