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  • Worcester Art Museum Offers Paid Internships for Minority Students

    (WORCESTER, Mass., January 6, 2004)-The Worcester Art Museum is accepting applications for its paid summer Minority Internship Program through Friday, Jan. 30.

    Interns in the program spend eight weeks working with Museum staff in all departments. Minority students from Central Massachusetts who expect to graduate high school this spring in good standing are eligible.

    Applications for the Minority Internship Program are available from many high schools, social workers, and youth workers in Central Massachusetts or by contacting the Worcester Art Museum at (508) 799-4406, extension 3007. The application is also available online. An informational video featuring former interns talking about their experiences is available to borrow free of charge.

    Developed in 1996 to encourage diversity in museums, this internship program introduces young minority adults to the museum field. Interns are exposed to the variety of careers available in an art museum by working with staff in the Museum's Administration, Curatorial, Education, Development, and Marketing divisions. Each intern works full time and earns a stipend. Museum staff and members of the Museum's Diversity Committee interview semi-finalists applying for the internships.

    Previous interns have gone on to study art and art history in college, pursuing interests they developed during the internship. One intern has studied art conservation in France, while another is pursuing a degree in teaching at Massachusetts College of Art. Many participants in the Minority Internship Program return to work as teaching assistants in the Museum's education department during school vacations. Last year's interns were Angelica M. Merly of Worcester and Julian Guzman of Southbridge.

    The Minority Internship Program is a part of the Worcester Art Museum's Discovery Program made possible through the Helen Stoddard Discovery Fund, and the Booth Family Fund for Education and Outreach of the Greater Worcester Community Foundation.

    About the Worcester Art Museum
    The Worcester Art Museum, which opened to the public in 1898, is world-renowned for its 35,000-piece collection of paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, photography, prints, drawings and new media. The works span 5,000 years of art and culture, ranging from ancient Roman mosaics to Colonial silver, Impressionist paintings and contemporary art. Dedicated to the promotion of art and art education, the Museum offers a year-round studio art and art appreciation program that enrolls over 6,000 adult and youth students each year. Public tours are offered Saturdays at 11 a.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m., September through May. Audio tours are also available in English and Spanish.

    Museum hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (evening hours sponsored by Commerce Bank), and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and full-time college students with current ID, and FREE for Members and all youth 17 and under. Admission is also FREE for everyone on Saturday mornings, 10 a.m.-noon (sponsored by The TJX Companies, Inc. and Massachusetts Electric, a National Grid Company). The Museum is located at 55 Salisbury St., Worcester, Mass., easily accessible from the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90), Route 290 and Route 9. Free parking is available near entrances on Salisbury, Lancaster and Tuckerman streets. For more information, call (508) 799-4406.