Intern Life at FF

At the internship at Franklin Furnace (FF), I’ve learned that a non-profit business has a lot of aspects to it. A main aspect is how it is funded. Non-profit could be funded if they create their own fund like my internship does called the Franklin Furnace Fund. They also have grants as discussed in my previous blog. These grants ensure they make money off of interns without having to paying us. Another factor is how they are able to draw in all these artists to preform and even get to sell their work for museums/exhibits. FF has a fellowship program that can get you in as an artist once your application is approved. The artist at my job are next level definition of a UNIQUE artist. Interns are in charge of ensuring our archives are in order, named properly and in the data base, vimeo, excel or in the office. Artist will physical art work gets their work packaged into a box and labeled for storage. Performing arts are recorded for the footage to be uploaded on vimeo.

In terms of being an assistant art teacher the other day I am there in the week, I must write journal entries explaining what we have done week by week and how it can be improved. I also make worksheets for the students, print, and make copies of their work. The original pieces of work stay at FF in our archive for their SeqArtKids program.

Franklin Furnace: Museum Intern

I was placed as a museum intern at Franklin Furnace through CUNY Cultural Corps. Since their archive is large and in need of consistent organizing into a database or excel spread sheet. The first week, I did basic office work such as making copies of paperwork and contacting clients/artists. They made me edit the coding for their website ever so slightly but I do not specialize in UX/UI design. I convinced them into allowing me to do more of the graphic design aspect to the work. Since then, I’ve done event posters and video editing for their footage of preforming art. I edit each video on Adobe Premiere and add the logo to it for uploading onto Vimeo. Artist are always coming into the office to get placed under Franklin Furnace. They work with museums to sell their archive of artist work to other Institutes. The history behind this program is to welcome any artist (photographer, painter, drawers, preforming arts). These artist preform and all work and footage are kept on file since they’ve established their archive. To ensure they have more interns and workers, they have applied for many fellowships, grants and along side CUNY. One of their grants requires them to upload their footage to vimeo and the other requires interns to track their hours. As of recently, they placed me under their Sequential Art for Kids program. It is a 10-week program in Forte Green where artists come into a grade school that lacks an art class or program.

How I Got My Internship


As the fall semester of 2017 approached, I knew I needed to find an internship soon to then apply for the internship course in the spring semester of 2018. Unfortunately, I had completed CUNY Service Corps already and once you graduate from the program, you can no longer be a runner up for it years to follow. I knew about CUNY Cultural Corps but I also knew I missed the deadline for applications. 3-1-1 Call Taker has been an internship open and I kept it as an option.

Oddly en0ugh, I got lucky and applications for CUNY Cultural Corps reopened and I applied that second. I then met with the coordinators of the programs for a group interview. At the interview, students were timed to answer questions and then come together to find a solution to a community issue. We then introduced ourselves, our interest, major and why we wanted to work in an art institute.

Within a week, I got accepted into the program and then picked my top 10 art institutes I wanted to work at. Those art institutes then contacted me based on my resume and other variables for a schedule interview. The interviews were for a real world experience but the art institute nor yourself (the interviewee) got to pick your job site. According to the coordinators, their system matches you with the ideal internship that met your criterial. Finding this out was not the best news since I was paired at a placement I did not expect to get and I felt as if I wasted time attending interviews.

Moving forward, I met with the coordinator of my placement that I would be working for. It’s a non-profit organization named Franklin Furnace Archive located in Pratt Institute for the past 34 years. The 5 members whose ran it 34 years ago are still there except one. That one person was replaced with an intern who worked there at the time, Jenny. 2019 is the 34th anniversary of the Franklin Furnace Fund. Initiated in 1985 with the support of Jerome Foundation, Franklin Furnace has annually awarded grants to early career artists selected by peer panel review to enable them to produce major performance art works in New York. Franklin Furnace combined the Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art and The Future of the Present programs into one, entitled the Franklin Furnace Fund. Franklin Furnace made the decision to combine these programs because during the last decades, artists have created works on every point of the spectrum between the body of the artist and the circulatory network of the Internet in the creation of temporal work.





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