Worcester Art Museum Offers Internships to Minority Students

WORCESTER, MASS., December 22, 1999 - The Worcester Art Museum will again offer two paid summer internships for minority high school students from the Central Massachusetts area. Developed in 1996 to encourage diversity in museums, this internship introduces young minority adults to the museum field. Minority students who will graduate in good standing from high school in spring 1999, are encouraged to apply.

Over the course of 8 weeks, interns will be 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 will work full-time, Monday through Friday, from 9 am-5 pm, and will earn $2,250.

Museum staff and members of the Museum's Diversity Committee interview semi-finalists applying for the internships. Some of the previous interns are now studying art and art history in college and/or are working at the Museum during semester breaks. Last year's winners were Alixa Garcia of Worcester, Mass., and Kate Audette of Gilbertville, Mass.

Applications for the Minority Internship Program are available from school principals, social workers, and youth workers in Central Massachusetts or from the Worcester Art Museum by calling 508-799-4406 X-3056. Students must submit completed applications by January 28, 2000.

Education and outreach programs at the Worcester Art Museum are generously supported by the George I. Alden Trust; Butler Family Foundation; David J. Freelander Memorial Scholarship Fund; Nathan and Barbara Greenberg Fund for Education; Robert and Amelia Hutchinson Haley Lecture Fund; Jacob and Frances L. Hiatt Scholarship Fund; Hoche-Scofield Foundation; Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency that fosters innovation, leadership and a lifetime of learning; Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation; Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency; Norman and Dorothy Sharfman Education Fund; Stoddard Discovery Fund; Sudbury Foundation Scholarship Fund; Worcester Art Museum Booth Family Fund for Education and Outreach through the Greater Worcester Community Foundation; among other endowment funds and contributions.

Museum Background

Opened to the public in 1898, the Worcester Art Museum is the second largest art museum in New England. Its exceptional 35,000-piece collection of paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, photography, prints and drawings is displayed in 36 galleries and spans 5,000 years of art and culture, ranging from Egyptian antiquities and Roman mosaics to Impressionist paintings and contemporary art. Throughout its first century, the Worcester Art Museum proved itself a pioneer: the first American museum to purchase work by Claude Monet (1910) and Paul Gauguin (1921); the first museum to bring a medieval building to America (1927); a sponsor of the first major excavation at Antioch, one of the four great cities of ancient Rome (1932); the first museum to create an Art All-State program for high school artists (1987); the originator of the first exhibition of Dutch master Judith Leyster (1993); and the first museum to focus its contemporary art programs on art of the last 10 years (1998). The Museum's hours are: Wednesday through Sunday, 11am-5pm, and Saturday 10am-5pm. Admission: FREE for members; Non-members: $8 Adults; $6 Seniors and full-time college students with current ID; FREE for youth 17 and under; FREE for everyone Saturday mornings 10am-noon sponsored by The TJX Companies and Massachusetts Electric Company. For more information, call (508) 799-4406 or visit the Museum at 55 Salisbury Street in Worcester.