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The Getty and Los Angeles County Sponsor Paid Summer Internships in the Arts

Applications are Now Being Accepted for 285 Internship Opportunities in Museums, Film, Literary, Performing, Visual Arts, and Local Arts Agencies

April 18, 2002

LOS ANGELES—This summer, the J. Paul Getty Trust and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission together are giving more than $1.1 million to 168 organizations to support 285 undergraduate internships in the arts. The internships introduce young people to arts-related careers and foster future cultural leaders by providing opportunities for real work experience. Los Angeles County host organizations including museums; film, literary, performing, and visual arts organizations; and local arts agencies are accepting applications now for paid student positions. As part of the partnership, the Getty also convenes joint educational and arts networking activities.

Interested college undergraduates should apply directly to the arts organizations hosting interns this summer (see list below); deadlines vary. Information about participating organizations and available positions may be obtained online. For museum and visual arts internships, go to the Getty’s Web site at For performing, film, literary arts, and local arts agency internships, go to the Arts Commission’s Web site at

The 2002 internship year is the 10-year anniversary of the Getty’s Multicultural Undergraduate Internship Program for the visual arts. It also marks the third year of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission internship program and the partnership with the Getty Grant Program. Since the Getty program’s inception, more than $4.1 million has supported over 1,200 multicultural summer internships in more than 100 Los Angeles area museums and visual arts organizations. The Getty and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission programs work in parallel to provide opportunities in the visual, performing, and literary arts. The County program is funded by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

Examples of Los Angeles host organizations receiving support include the Bilingual Foundation for the Arts, City of Pico Rivera Center for the Arts, International Documentary Association, Korean American Museum, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History, Pasadena Historical Society, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Southern California Asian American Studies Central/Visual Communications, and the Watts Summer Festival.

For the summer of 2002, the Getty’s Multicultural Undergraduate Internship program has awarded $612,000 to fund 155 museum and visual arts internships at 81 organizations. Students receive $3,500 for 10-week internships, with additional funds awarded to the organizations to offset administrative expenses. Students gain direct experience in such areas as exhibitions, publications, education, and conservation. The program assists outstanding students in groups traditionally underrepresented in museum and visual arts professions—including individuals of African-American, Asian, Latino/Hispanic, Native American, or Pacific Islander descent. As with the Los Angeles Arts Commission program, eligible undergraduates must either reside in Los Angeles County or attend Los Angeles-area colleges and universities.

Deborah Marrow, director of the Getty Grant Program and dean for external relations of the J. Paul Getty Trust, commented, “As we celebrate 10 years of the Getty’s internship program, we applaud the many former interns who have incorporated the arts into their lives through career and volunteer opportunities. Their efforts are enriching the cultural life of Southern California. Together with Los Angeles County, we look forward to continuing to foster the careers of future L.A. arts leaders.”

The Los Angeles County Arts Internship Program has awarded $530,000 to fund 130 performing, film, literary arts, and other arts administration internships at 87 organizations. Students receive a $3,500 stipend for 10-week internships. Host organizations also receive funds to help cover administrative expenses. Interns gain hands-on experience in a wide range of arts management fields including marketing, fundraising, audience development, public relations, stage management, production, programming, finance, educational outreach, and cultural planning. Los Angeles County internships are open to college undergraduates of all races and ethnic backgrounds who either reside in Los Angeles County or attend colleges or universities located in Los Angeles County.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke noted, “The internship program is already demonstrating its value to the arts scene in L.A. County. Hundreds of young people have been taking advantage of the training that the County and the Getty summer internships are providing. Despite budgetary challenges the Board of Supervisors is continuing to support these programs, because they’re so important to the enhanced quality of life we want to provide for County residents and visitors. As always, I want to commend the County Arts Commission and the Getty for rising to the challenge of providing an environment that is stimulating the development of all the arts in greater Los Angeles.”

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The Los Angeles County Arts Commission, headed by Executive Director Laura Zucker, has fostered excellence, diversity, vitality, and accessibility of the arts in the County since 1947. Through its grants programs, the Arts Commission awarded $2.3 million to regional nonprofit arts organizations this year in addition to the internship awards. The Arts Commission also produces the Ford Amphitheatre and [INSIDE] THE FORD series, the Los Angeles Arts Open House and the Los Angeles County Holiday Celebration, and operates a year-round free music program. The Arts Commission launched new program initiatives in folk arts and arts education in 2001. The Arts Commission’s budget for the fiscal year 2001-2002 is $4.7 million.

Educational components of the internship programs are produced by Community Arts Resources.

Summer 2002 Arts Internship Program Host Organizations

(G) Getty Multicultural Undergraduate Internship Grantee
(L) Los Angeles County Arts Internship Grantee

For applications and additional information, interested undergraduates should refer to: for museum and visual arts internships, or for performing, film, literary, and local arts agency internships.


Arcadia Historical Society (G)
California Arboretum (G)

Catalina Island Museum (G)

Beverly Hills
City of Beverly Hills (G)

Burbank/North Hollywood Area
Colony Theatre (L)
Interact Theatre Company (L)
Robey Theatre Company (L)
Theatre of Hope (L)

Cal Poly Pomona Downtown Center (G)
dA Gallery (G)
Friends of Village Dance Arts (L)
Millard Sheets Gallery (G)
Pomona College Museum of Art (G)
Pomona College, Department of Art
and Art History (G)
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Gardens (G)
Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, Scripps College (G)
Tierra del Sol Center, First Street Gallery & Art Center (G)

Culver City
Henry Mancini Institute (L)
Museum of Jurassic Technology (G)

Glendale/Pasadena/San Marino Area
A Noise Within (L)
Armory Center for the Arts (G)
Art Center College of Design (G)
Autry Museum of Western Heritage (G)
CalPhil Foundation/California Philharmonic Orchestra (L)
City of Pasadena, Division of Cultural Affairs (G)
Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery (G)
Heritage Square Museum (G)
Kidspace Museum (G) (L)
Light Bringer Project (G)
Pasadena Conservatory of Music (L)
Pasadena Dance Theatre (L)
Pasadena Historical Society (G)
Pasadena Junior Theatre (L)
Pasadena Playhouse (L)
Pasadena Shakespeare Company (L)
Pasadena Symphony (L)
Southwest Chamber Music (L)

City of Lancaster - Lancaster Performing Arts Center (L)

Long Beach
Aquarium of the Pacific (G)
Arts and Services for Disabled (G)
California State University Long Beach, University Art Museum (G)
Historical Society of Long Beach (G)
International City Theatre (L)
Long Beach Museum of Art (G)
Long Beach Symphony Association (L)
Museum of Latin American Art (G)
Rancho Los Cerritos (G)

Los Angeles


Acme Performance Group dba Moving Arts (L)
ARTScorpsLA (G)
Center Theatre Group of Los Angeles (L)
Chinese American Museum (G)
City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department (G) (L)
Cornerstone Theatre Company (L)
El Pueblo Park Association (G)
Fil-Am Arts (G)
Grand Performances (L)
Inner-City Arts (G)
International Documentary Association (L)
Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (G)
Japanese American National Museum (G)
L.A. Freewaves (G)
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (L)
Los Angeles Conservancy (G)
Los Angeles Master Chorale (L)
Los Angeles Opera Company (L)
Los Angeles Philharmonic (L)
Los Angeles Public Library, Central Library Photography Collection (G)
Mexican Cultural Institute of Los Angeles (G)
Museum of Contemporary Art (G)
Museum of Neon Art (G)
Music Center Education Division (L)
Ryman-Carroll Foundation (G)
Southern California Asian American Studies Central (Visual Communications) (G)
Theatre League Alliance of Southern California (L)
Eagle Rock/Highland Park/Silverlake: Bilingual Foundation for the Arts (L)
Donlavy Dance Company (L)
Eagle Rock Community Cultural Association (G)
Sangeet School of Music (L)
We Tell Stories (L)

East Los Angeles:

Los Angeles Music and Art School (L)
California State University Los Angeles, Luckman Gallery (G)
Self-Help Graphics and Art (G)


Actors’ Gang (L)
American Film Institute (L)
Celebration Theatre (L)
Circle X Theatre Co. (L)
Community Television of Southern California/KCET (L)
Hollywood Arts Council (L)
Immaculate Heart Community/Corita Art Center (G)
Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (G)
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (G)
Stages Theatre Center (L)
The Blank Theatre Company (L)

Mid-City/South City:

24th Street Theatre (L)
Afro-American Film Institute/KAOS Network (G)
California Institute of the Arts Community Arts Partnerships/Watts Towers Art Center (G)
California Science Center (G)
Edgefest (L)
Evidence Room (L)
Great Leap (L)
Grupo de Teatro Sinergia (L)
Korean American Museum (G)
Los Angeles Choreographers and Dancers (L)
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (G)
Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History, Exposition Park (G)
Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History, Page Museum (G)
Lula Washington Contemporary Dance Foundation (L)
St. Elmo Village (G)
Shakespeare Festival/LA (L)
Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research (G)
The HeArt Project (L)
Theatre of Hearts/Youth First (L)
Watts Summer Festival (L)
Yiddishkayt Los Angeles (L)

San Fernando Valley:

Diavolo Dance Theater (L)
San Fernando Valley Symphony (L)
The Young Actors Company (L)
Valley Cultural Center (L)
Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum (L)


Brasil Brasil Cultural Center (L)
California Department of Parks and Recreation, Will Rogers State Historic Park (G)
Center for the Study of Political Graphics (G)
Greenway Arts Alliance (L)
Inside Out Community Arts (L)
iotaCenter (G)
Jazz Tap Ensemble (L)
Los Angeles Arts Academy (L)
Los Angeles Jewish Symphony (L)
MAK Center for Art and Architecture L.A. (Schindler House) (G)
Museum of Television and Radio (G)
Odyssey Theatre (L)
Otis College of Art and Design (G)
Simon Wiesenthal Center, Museum of Tolerance (G)
Skirball Cultural Center (G) (L)

Manhattan Beach:

City of Manhattan Beach, Cultural Arts Division (G)(L)

Newhall/Santa Clarita:

California Institute of the Arts, Community Arts Partnerships (G)
City of Santa Clarita Cultural Affairs Office (L)
Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History, William S. Hart Museum (G)
Santa Clarita Repertory Theatre (L)


City of Norwalk Recreation & Parks Services Department (G) (L)
Pico Rivera
City of Pico Rivera-Centre for the Arts (G) (L)

Rancho Palos Verdes:
Norris Center for the Arts (L)
Palos Verdes Community Arts Center (G)

San Pedro/Wilmington:

Banning Residence Museum (G)
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium (G)
Drum Barracks Civil War Museum (G)

Santa Monica/Venice:

18th Street Arts Complex (G)
American Academy for Dance and Kindred Arts (L)
California Lawyers for the Arts (L)
Celebration Arts (L)
Common Loon/ KIDPOWER at The Powerhouse Theatre (L)
Highways (G) (L)
L.A. Theatre Works (L)
Santa Monica Museum of Art (G)
Teada Productions (L)
Venice Arts Mecca (L)


City of Torrance Cultural Services Division, Joslyn Fine Arts Gallery (G)


American Composers Forum (L)
California Department of Parks and Recreation, Pio Pico State Historic Park (G)

Note: Internships are also being offered at the Getty Center, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and the Ford Amphitheatre, although the application deadline for these positions has already passed.

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