DFBRL8R APPRENTICE PROGRAM is a system of structured mentorship in exchange for service at Defibrillator Gallery. Designed to provide professional experience, practical knowledge, and applicable skills, DFBRL8R Apprentices assist with production and administration required to sustain our non-profit organization. Apprentices may have an area of focus but must occasionally perform other tasks or roles, lending support where it is needed most.
IMPORTANT DATES | 2017
INFO SESSION: SUN 03 SEP | 11AM-2PM
DEADLINE TO APPLY: SUN 10 SEP | midnight
APPRENTICE ORIENTATION: MON 11 SEP | 6-9PM
MOP TALK #1: SUN 01 OCT | 11AM-2PM
Commitment: A minimum average of 8 hours a week is requested in order to be considered an official Apprentice. DFBRL8R Apprentices are needed mostly on weekends, our exhibitions are usually on Saturday evenings at 7PM (though this varies widely). We often install all day Saturday, Friday evenings, or earlier in the week. Administration and maintenance happen throughout the week. Workload and hours vary widely based on the scale or nature of the work being presented. Apprentices are encouraged to attend discussion groups once or twice a month on Sunday mornings from 11-2PM (Mop Talks).
Apprentices should commit to a specific period of time, preferably within the following framework:
- AUTUMN | SEP > DEC | deadline: SEP 10
- SPRING | FEB > JUN | deadline: FEB 01
- SUMMER | JUL > AUG | deadline: JUL 01
Advantages to becoming a DFBRL8R APPRENTICE
- FEEDBACK SESSIONS. Joseph Ravens responds to your current work or portfolio, one-on-one.
- STUDIO TIME. Access to unused time at the gallery for artistic development.
- MOP TALKS. These sessions take place once or twice a month on Sunday mornings from 11-2PM, following most performances (occasionally the artist is present). Inverting hierarchy, Joseph Ravens cleans the gallery while apprentices sit and watch and discussions unfold. The group will engage in conversations ranging from the prior evening’s work to analysis of a particular genre or idea. These visits may include virtual interviews/conversations with guests, along with other advice and information about arts administration and professional development.
- PRACTICAL SKILLS. Apprentices learn a lot of applicable knowledge about Performance Art and running a non profit 501c3 organization, publicity, documentation, archive, installation and many other areas.
- PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES. Accomplished apprentices are offered opportunities that arise.
- MEETING ARTISTS. Gain valuable insight into how artists from around the world work and live. Make meaningful and valuable connections with artists, organizations, and communities.
- MEALS. Work sessions lasting six hours or longer include a simple meal. Snacks, coffee, tea, etc. are always available during work sessions.
- DISCOUNTS. Workshop rates for apprentices are often discounted or waived.
- ALUMNUS. Student rates, discounts, and access to VIP events for life, upon request. Website listing on the DFBRL8R Apprenticeship Alumnus roster.
APPLY by completing the form below or follow THIS LINK. Email questions to GetInvolved@DFBRL8R.org.