Percent For Art Program Interns

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Percent For Art, NYC DCLA
31 Chambers Street
New York, NY
Application Deadline: Available Year-round
Position: 2 Part-time, Unpaid

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The Department of Cultural Affairs' Percent for Art Program administers New York City's Percent for Art Law, which requires that 1% of the construction budget of newly constructed or reconstructed city-owned buildings be allocated to the commission, purchase or restoration of art work for the site. The artist image registry is an essential part of the Percent for Art Program. It contains the work of over 2,000 artists who are interested in being commissioned to create work for public sites. It is consulted for each Percent for Art project and is used by outside art consultants.

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TIME: Fall, spring and summer semesters.
SALARY: This is an unpaid position, but we can offer academic credit.
CONTACT: Reina Shibata–
SUBMIT: Resume and Cover Letter


PROGRAM INTERNS are responsible for maintaining the artist registry and are exposed to a variety of contemporary art and public art projects nationwide. Duties include, but are not limited to: answering requests and soliciting new artists, processing artists' applications, and assisting visitors who use the registry and placing images of completed projects on the agency’s homepage.

Program interns are also responsible for assisting with the artist selection phase of new Percent for Art projects. This includes: writing community profiles, soliciting images from recommended artists, preparing presentations, writing meeting minutes, and preparing correspondence.

In addition, interns may develop individual projects related to their specific interests. Such past projects have included: policy options for artist housing, outreach to glass artists and photographers, maintenance/conservation reports on completed projects, developing a digital image policy for the agency, creating a collections database for completed projects, preparing and fact-checking copy for a book on the Percent for Art Program, etc.


Qualified individuals should have an interest in contemporary art, a professional telephone manner, excellent computer skills, as well as good written and oral communication skills. Applicable majors can include fine art, art history, architecture, design, arts administration and urban affairs.

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