Who can participate?

Rising high school juniors and seniors from Waco ISD and linked school districts that are partnered with Prosper Waco’s summer internship program. To guide our apprentices we hire four local, professional artists to instruct and manage the design process, one program manager, one design consultant. We also offer opportunities for community volunteers to participate in the program.

How are the ARTprentices recruited?

ARTPrenticeship is run in partnership with Waco ISD’s high school internship program. This allows us to use their framework for application, recruitment, insurance, and evaluation. The students will be selected by application to the program based on artistic merit and teacher recommendation.

What do the ARTprentices learn from this program?

Apprentices learn the skills needed to become a successful “Creative Professional” (transferable to many fields, e.g. art, design, architecture, engineering, etc.) and learn to apply those skills in a real-world context. Skills covered include project management, designing to a client brief, managing a client relationship, community consultation, presenting and revising designs, budgeting, financial management and cash flow (including calculation of materials needed), managing uncertainty and risk, safety on a work site, basic surveying knowledge, legal basics (contracts and intellectual property), working as part of a creative team, and media communication.

How long is the program?

ARTPrenticeship is an eight-week summer internship program beginning in early June ending in early August. Apprentices meet Monday thru Thursday from 8 a.m. to noon during the entirety of the program, except during holidays. The first two weeks consist of “studio sessions” where the apprentices participate in creative exercises, professional development workshops, and develop the mural designs to present to the business owner(s). The mural painting process takes roughly five weeks.

How is ARTPrenticeship responding to coronavirus?

ARTPrenticeship 2020 has been postponed to the fall. Instead of a summer internship, the program will be adapted to fit a semester-long, after-school schedule. Proper social distancing measures will be in place to protect the students and the creative team. More information on applications and timelines is coming soon.

Want to be involved? Email [email protected].