Educational Initiatives

Art Practical offers educational opportunities for undergraduate and graduate-level students and recent grads, ranging from for-credit internships, courses, and an art publishing residency program. AP values diverse perspectives and looks forward to creating more spaces for emerging, interdisciplinary, and transgressive voices. AP serves as a bridge connecting disparate facets of the broad contemporary arts ecosystem and these opportunities reflects that responsibility. Applicants should demonstrate a deep interest and commitment to arts media and discourse; be actively seeking creative approaches to the narrative of art and artists, art forms, and the voices represented; and be committed to inclusive and equitable media strategies. Applicants do not need to have a publishing background or history nor are they required to be trained critics, art historians, or writers (though they can be!) but strong writing skills and engagement with art and arts discourse is a must, unless otherwise noted in the descriptions below.

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Opportunities for CCA Students

Courses


Publishing as Practice is a graduate level seminar at CCA taught by Art Practical’s Executive Director Michele Carlson. The course focuses on the practical, conceptual, and historical conditions of arts writing, discourse, and operating a visual arts publishing organization. Open to currently enrolled CCA graduate students. Check course schedule for more information.

Publishing Assistantships


The Art Practical Publishing Assistantship (PA) is a paid grad-wide opportunity awarded to an eligible Humanities & Sciences CCA graduate student each semester. The PA will work closely with the AP staff actively engaging with all aspects of the daily operations of AP, including an introduction to all aspects of running a media organization with four major channels: a nine-year-old online journal that publishes monthly arts content, a book publishing imprint, a growing audio channel with two podcasts, and public programs (about ten per year). The competitive PA application is modeled off the Teacher’s Assistant (TA) program at CCA, but with a specific focus on publishing. Interested graduate students should contact editor@artpractical.com for further information. Please include the position title in the email subject line.

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Internships

Art Practical's internships are open to currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students from schools across the Bay Area. AP Interns work with the Art Practical staff to produce our online publications, audio/video productions, public programs, and educational initiatives. Interns have the opportunity to learn crucial editorial skills and the operations of a premier and well-established arts magazine, while creating valuable connections within the community of writers, artists, galleries, and museums. There is the potential to expand the position according to the intern’s interests and skills; currently, we offer internships that include a focus on Editorial, Audio/Visual, and Marketing & Communications. Each role will encompass both general publishing and operations experience as well as dedicated learning about the chosen focus.

Internships are currently volunteer positions and must be arranged for academic credit through the participant’s school.

Internship Schedule & Requirements:

  • Minimum of 3-month commitment expected during Fall, Spring, or Summer (see below)
  • Year-long internships are available on case-by-case basis
  • 5-10 hours/week commitment required, exact numbers determined by school requirements
  • Must be available Mondays for onsite meetings in San Francisco
  • Must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student

How to Apply:

Send a brief letter of interest, a current resume, and appropriate work samples (as indicated) and your Fall, Spring, or Summer availability to editor@artpractical.com. Please include the position title in the email subject line.

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall Internship (Aug-Dec) applications must be received by August 15.
  • Spring Internship (Jan-May) applications must be received by January 15.
  • Summer Internship (Jun-Aug) applications must be received by May 15.

Audio/Video Internship


The A/V internship with Art Practical includes a project-based focus within the organization’s network of weekly podcasts and other media productions. Applicants must have a demonstrated interest in podcasts and be currently enrolled in broadcasting/journalism, production, or arts related majors.

Editorial Internship


Editorial Interns will work closely with the Editor in Chief and all AP staff actively engaging with all aspects of the daily operations of AP, including supporting online content production, developing outreach for AP book publishing, and assisting public programs. Strong writing skills and engagement with art and arts discourse is a must.

Marketing & Communications Internship


Marketing & Communications Interns develop their exposure to the field of communications and marketing through the lens of a dynamic media organization that includes editorial publishing, audio/visual channel, and book imprint. Demonstrated familiarity with visual design and interest in social media strategy is preferred.

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Art Practical Residency

Art Practical Residency in partnership with c3:initiative in Portland, OR: two residents join us per year for an in-depth publishing residency where they experience Art Practical production and operations from editing, writing, fundraising, communications, and public programming. As part of the residency, residents travel to Portland for a week long immersion into the Portland arts community. Check back here for application link. Questions? Email editor@artpractical.com with position title in the subject line.

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Shotgun Reviews

Shotgun Reviews are an open forum on Art Practical where the broader community is invited to contribute reviews and commentary. They are short format pieces (maximum 350 words) that, as the name implies, offer quick and timely responses to an exhibition, performance, or event on the West Coast. If you are interested in submitting a Shotgun Review, please follow this link for more information. Shotgun Reviews are paid and are great opportunities for new arts writers to learn the processes of working with an editor.

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