There has been increasing criticism of unpaid internships (read “Reliance on unpaid volunteers is turning public museums into a middle class commodity” or “British Museum Wants Someone to Update Its Website for Free,” among many other recent articles), but the Leigh Bess Boone Foundation wants to help arts organizations relieve some of that guilt. The Foundation awards stipends to outstanding interns and volunteers in the visual and performing arts and it is accepting nominations through October 1.
The Foundation was established in 2009 after the tragic death of Leigh Boone in an accident involving her bicycle and a Houston Fire Department truck. Boone was very involved in the arts in Houston and elsewhere; she interned in multiple art areas in different cities. There seems to be no restrictions on the location of the nominating arts organization, so if you have had an intern who you would like to praise with a little attention and cash, fill out the application now!
In honor of arts interns everywhere, it seems a perfect time to repost Glasstire’s “Interns on Video” series, created by video artist Albert Sosa this past spring. View the entire series here.