Graduate Internship at Galway International Arts Festival in Ireland

by Kady Perry

LA

WHO & WHY

It all started in 2010 when I learned about space & place making during my time as a student at Binghamton University. My life was never the same after a research paper assignment for a Civic Entrepreneurship course written on space and place making. That summer after I took the course, I launched a community gallery in JungleScience to bring accessible music, performance and visual art programming to a post-industrial, upstate town on a main street that was once considered a ghost town. After discovering the power of what I now call 'art in public', I wanted to help every single person around me use their talents to live a fulfilling creative life in ways that gave back to their neighborhoods. I wanted others to see Binghamton, NY as a laboratory, classroom and blank canvas.

I focused on artists who had never had the chance to show in a gallery. I offered an intense one month program where artists learned the ins and outs of professional art exhibitions. I organized body painting exhibits, fairy festivals, mural jams, free outdoor concerts and built up a strong art family. Within that role, I found butterflies in my tummy and fire in my belly every time I worked with a street artist or muralist. Overtime I made a name as a leader in the arts and in 2014 I was offered a dream job; to design and teach an undergraduate art course on topics of street art and mural making with a concentration on community activism through the State University of New York.  

Upon approaching the limit for teaching at the university level with only a Bachelor’s, I set my sites on graduate school and ventured into the application process. Today I live, work, learn and organize public art from New Orleans. I am currently a full time graduate student in Arts Administration at the University of New Orleans and a major component of the graduate program is to embark on a 480 hour project that culminates in an extensive research paper. Like the project I did in 2010, I think that a similar life changing experience is about to happen again.

 WHAT

I've been offered a full-time un-paid internship with the Galway International Arts Festival in Galway, Ireland. The position is from May to August 2017. This is without a doubt an opportunity of a lifetime and truly a dream come true. As you can imagine, interning for a world-class organization in Europe will allow me to continue working each day to support the arts.

Is this all sounding too good to be true? Well here’s the catch. For the very first time in my life, I am launching a crowdfunding project to ask the world for help. To accept the position in Galway, I need to raise a bare minimum of $4,050. As an intern and research graduate student, I will be working a minimum of 40 hours a week at the festival, as well as writing and researching public art for my graduate thesis.

If I can reach my project's minimum goal of $4,050, I can accept the position and spend three months in Europe administering art and music programming. While living and interning in Galway, I'll be able to write/research my project topic and apply a culmination of what I have learned in the classroom in entertainment law, technology, fundraising, music management and visual arts administration in the perfect environment, surrounded by Europeans who can help me understand arts administration from a global perspective.

HOW

This is not possible without your help! I'm asking for the bare minimum because I know how to navigate on a student budget, but I need some help getting there. My plan is to fly to Dallas or New York City and then fly to Dublin. From there I can take a bus to Galway. While in Galway I plan to keep housing costs to a minimum and live on the outskirts of town as well as rent a bike to get to and from the intern site with of course an occasional bus when it's too rainy. As soon as I land I would dive right into work as this is a major international production and they need all hands on deck, not to mention a 50 page paper takes a long time to write. 

I'm following my curiosity and my wildest dreams. I have made it my life’s work to instill that same sentiment in others and have worked at great lengths to organize and secure opportunities for others to do so. I have showed and promoted the work of over 150 artists, written over $200,000 in state grants for arts funding in New York, books dozens of bands and have organized over 30 mural projects around the country for street artists servicing hundreds of students with eager minds.  So now has come the time that I am asking for the same help from you!

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THE MINIMUM $4050 will get me to Ireland and fund a three-month stay while interning for the Galway International Arts Festival

Here's an estimated breakdown:

round trip flight

$1100

housing

$1300

food

$1200

ground transport (bus & Bike rental)

$450

THE MAXIMUM, $6,050 will get me to Ireland and ensure a truly successful project. This goes beyond the bare-bones experience and will open the opportunity to explore the surrounding area in better understanding European practices of public art programming.

Here's an estimated breakdown:

round trip flight

$1100

housing

$1300

food

$1200

ground transport (bus & Bike rental)

$450

Stipend for 3 months

$2000

Lastly, a warm welcome to learn more about the work I have done and the adventures I am currently embarking on: https://artinpublic.carbonmade.com/
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