Emerging and early-career artists in Orange County can now apply for the 2022 Jacquelyn Gist Summer Apprenticeship in the Arts program — which includes a $1,000 prize.
The program, which has been around for almost a decade, helps support young artists in Orange County by providing financial compensation while they complete a summer apprenticeship with an Orange County artist or arts organization.
Three apprentices will be selected. The award is open to rising juniors and seniors in high school, as well as students in college or those who have graduated within the last year. Applicants must have an interest in the arts, such visual arts, performing arts or arts administration.
Jacquelyn Gist, the scholarship's namesake, is a former Carrboro Town Council member who currently works as a UNC career counselor. She also served as a liaison for art commission during her 32 years with the Carrboro Town Council.
She noted how the award came about through her involvement with the Council and current work at UNC, where she helps students find internships.
“A lot of times people who are artists are asked to work for free," Gist said. "I think that starting at a young age is important, which is why this starts with high school students," she said. "We need to encourage people to realize that their art has economic value.”
While applicants must live in Orange County, preference is given to those residing in Carrboro.
Applicants are required to identify a local arts organization or artist that has agreed to work with them for a minimum of 15 hours a week for five weeks. For assistance in finding an apprenticeship, email the Carrboro Arts Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carrboro Recreation Administrator Charles Harrington said students worked with several local organizations, such as The ArtsCenter, Cat’s Cradle, Leo Gaev Metalworks, Inc. and Carrboro Modern Dance Company.