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The Mel and Leta Ramos Family Foundation Apprenticeship
February 19 @ 8:00 am - March 13 @ 12:00 pm
LACE is thrilled to announce The Mel and Leta Ramos Family Foundation Apprenticeship is once again seeking applicants!
This apprenticeship aims to continue the mission of the Ramos Family Foundation’s Arts Education Initiative – to ensure that all youth have access to an arts education by supporting transmission of the visual arts in all of its forms.
The role, assumed by one successful candidate, will launch in Spring 2021. The position will include remote part-time work and, pending the development of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, will include on-site work if possible. The Mel and Leta Ramos Family Foundation Apprentice will work 200 hours over 25 days which will be scheduled at the mutual convenience of the apprentice and LACE Team.
Apprenticeship is a cornerstone of LACE’s ethos and legacy with many arts professionals gaining early work experience here. LACE nurtures college students and young adults each year by providing comprehensive hands-on skill development in the nonprofit arts field. Three LACE staff members and one current board member are former apprentices. With 35-50 participants a year, a huge thank you list continues to grow – scroll down to view. We are proud of our role in preparing young people for careers in the arts, building their resumes, and introducing them to a network of artists and culture workers in LA. LACE participates in workforce development for cultural institutions and businesses through its collaboration with colleges such as UC Riverside, UCLA, Cal State Long Beach, Cal State LA, LA City College, CalArts, Otis, Art Center, Pepperdine, Asuza Pacific, Chapman, Pitzer, Claremont, and Emerson, as well as several east coast and international institutions.
LACE offers undergraduates and recent graduates the opportunity to participate in the gallery’s programming while gaining experience at a non-profit arts organization. The Apprenticeship Program provides training in areas such as administration, development, research, communications, exhibition and event production, and facility operations. Students interested in art and arts administration will especially benefit from this experience. Applicants must have excellent verbal and written communication skills, a keen attention to detail, and a willingness to work in a hands-on group environment. LACE will work with each apprentice’s special interests to ensure a positive learning experience.
Apprenticeship Programs covers the following fields:
– Production (Assist with the design, fabrication, and installation of multi-media exhibitions and events)
– Communications (Facilitate social media engagement, weekly newsletters, assist with partnership and sponsor outreach)
LACE Apprenticeship Requirements:
Excellent communication skills. Weekend and evening availability. Genuine interest in contemporary art. Willingness to learn about current and upcoming exhibitions. Proactive work ethic. Ability to work collaboratively and independently. Previous gallery or arts-related experience is preferred but not required. Technical experience (a/v operations) is a plus.
Deadline: March 12, 2021.
This is a paid opportunity. Additionally, apprentices are offered one-on-one time with LACE’s Executive Director for coaching in the areas of job searching, resume/cover letter development, and interviewing.
The Mel and Leta Ramos Family Foundation was created by family members of the late Mel and Leta Ramos. The Foundation’s work is in keeping with their lifelong passion to ensure that all youth have access to an arts education by providing support to under-funded communities and programs.
Mel Ramos (1935-2018) is internationally recognized as a contemporary master whose work is positioned in the Pop Art pantheon along with other luminaries such as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, with whom he exhibited in the first “Pop Art” exhibition at LACMA in 1963. Ramos became known for juxtaposing glamorous, stylized female nudes with objects of American commercialism, bringing new forms and bold, graphic colors to the palette. His signature nudes – combined with his comic book superheroes – brought pop culture into new contexts of power and play. Over a sixty-year career, Ramos exhibited in more than 120 group shows and solo exhibitions around the world. As art faculty at Cal State East Bay, he mentored more than two generations of art students.