Summer 2020 Digital Media Internship at Craft in America
Getty Multicultural Undergraduate Internship
This summer, the Craft in America Digital Media intern will provide support and assist in various aspects of digital media. Currently, Craft in America has a digital library of over 700 videos and 10,000 images. The intern will assist in cataloging and organizing our digital library to house on a Network Storage System server. The intern will also assist with editing and correcting video caption files. The intern will assist the Associate Producer with image/video research for the PBS documentary series and gain exposure to aspects of obtaining rights and reproductions. The intern will assist with special edits (process based videos and interview videos) specifically for social media. S/he will have structured time to familiarize with Craft in America’s web resources, artist database, and style guide. Over the summer, the intern will participate in outreach with outside organizations, collectors, local businesses, student groups, and art schools and will be trained on Constant Contact. In addition, the intern will be involved in research, writing, and editing web and social media content to support the organization’s programming, website, and PBS documentary series under the supervision of the Associate Producer. S/he will be trained to use our CMS (Content Management System) website. In addition, the intern will be involved in research, writing, designing, and editing web and social media content to support the organization’s programming, website, and PBS documentary series through work with Craft in America’s production team.
Craft in America is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the exploration, preservation and celebration of the handmade and its impact on our nation’s cultural heritage. Craft in America’s projects include the Peabody Award-winning documentary series on PBS nationwide and the free-to-the-public Craft in America Center in Los Angeles. With twenty-three episodes produced since 2007, Craft in America takes viewers on a journey to the artists, origins and techniques of American craft. Each episode contains stories from diverse regions and cultures, blending history with living practice and exploring issues of identity, ritual, philosophy and creative expression.
- Be of a group underrepresented in museums and visual arts organizations, including, but not limited to, individuals of African American, Asian, Latino/Hispanic, Native American, or Pacific Islander descent;
- Be currently enrolled undergraduates. Students must have complete at least one semester or two quarters of college by June 2020. Students graduating in May or June 2020 are also eligible. (Students who are enrolled in a second BA or BS program are not eligible.)
- Reside or attend college in Los Angeles County; and
- Be a United States citizen or permanent resident.
The internships are full-time (40 hours/week) positions, each with a stipend of $6,000, for a consecutive ten-week work period between June and August, 2020.
Submit resume (if possible), two letters of recommendation or contact information (phone/email) for two references (teacher, professor, former employer, etc.), and a description of how you meet the requirements for the position. Email all submissions to [email protected] Denise Kang, Associate Producer with the subject heading “Internship.”
Deadline: May 8, 2020
Artist Felicia Rice‘s work explores how to draw the viewer into a story contained within the pages of a book. Artist books must be handled in order to be fully experienced, and can contain many different forms of media! This activity teaches us about one of the most versatile artist book styles – the accordion book.
Watch the video below to learn all about the incredible craft of book arts & Felicia’s work, while keeping an eye out for the treasure hunt clues. Then, get creative telling your own story with the activity below!
Treasure Hunt: Watch closely! Check off these visual clues as you find them in the video.
- Leopard print in a book
- Pink armchair
- Purple ink
- A doctor’s stethoscope
- A face on a metal plate
Hands-on Activity: Make your own accordion book!
- Blank paper – any type or size will do.
- Glue or tape
- Any art supplies you have – crayons, pencils, markers, etc.
- Cardstock or cardboard – cut out cereal boxes work too!
- Decorative scrap or wrapping paper (optional)
- Decorative materials – stickers, feathers, fabric, sequins, etc. (optional)
1 . Cut (or fold and tear) a piece of paper in half lengthwise to make two long, skinny rectangles.
2 . Fold each piece of paper in half widthwise.
3 . Fold the top flap in half again, with the bottom edge of the paper meeting the first top crease.
4 . Flip over the paper and do the same fold. Your paper should now look like a W.
5 . Repeat this with the other rectangle of paper so that you have 2 Ws. (You can begin with more sheets of paper, and make more Ws for an even longer book!)
6 . Glue your Ws together to make an accordion (or use tape if you don’t have glue). If you are using a thick type of paper, you might want to use a heavy object like a book to press down on top of it for a few minutes.
7 . To make your book cover, take two pieces of cardboard or cardstock (you can cut up cereal boxes too!) and cut them to the same size as the accordion.
8 . Take your decorative or scrap wrapping paper and cut two pieces a little larger than the cardboard, about an inch or two bigger on each side.
9 . Glue your cardboard in the center of the scrap or wrapping paper, decorative side out. Clip the corners of the paper, then fold and glue in the excess paper on the sides. Repeat for each cover.
10 . Glue the covers to each end of the accordion. You might need to press the book under something heavy again for a few minutes.
You’re all set! Now you can decorate your beautiful book however you decide! You can add decorations to your cover, like ribbon, glitter, feathers, rhinestones, or anything else you can think of. You can use the pages of the accordion to tell a story, create drawings, collect pictures…the possibilities are endless! Be as creative or as colorful as you want, and have fun!
Craft in America Shares Its Abundant Library of Free Videos & Online Resources for Educators and At-Home Learning
As educators across the country creatively and swiftly activate new systems for learning at home, Craft in America is enhancing free online access to its treasure trove of inspiring, educational materials that explore craft as a part of American history, culture, art, and technology. Over the past 14 years, Craft in America has built its website with a multimedia library of lesson plans and accessible learning resources that are at the fingertips of teachers, students, and families. Craftinamerica.org is making innovative education materials available, easily accessible, and best suited to the needs of our nation’s students and communities.
(more information below)
Educational videos, including 400+ shorts that vary in length from 2-15 minutes plus 23 complete, hour-long episodes of our Peabody Award-winning PBS series that tell the story of how craft shapes American life and art through stories of innovative artists living and working in cities and towns across the U.S. These engaging, visually-stunning free videos are applicable to a range of subjects: history, social studies, art appreciation, English language arts, and STEAM-learning.
Craftinamerica.org offers 33 national standards-based Education Guides with lesson plans for K-12 teachers that bring the story of American craft to students anywhere. Lessons written by respected art teachers for all teachers are designed to encourage critical thinking skills and creative engagement. These guides engage students in making meaningful interdisciplinary connections between craft and diverse content areas, from environmental sciences to history and social studies. They can be woven into existing lessons or stand alone units. Educators can use and adapt guides to lead thoughtful discussions on art and culture, assign creative and responsive writing prompts, or engage students in meaningful art-appreciation projects.
Lesson plans are enhanced by video segments that can be watched at home for free on craftinamerica.org for example:
The most recently published 2019 Education Guide covers social studies, story and scene creation, and offers numerous interdisciplinary connections.
The Education Guides are developed by a team of respected art teachers under the direction of Dr. Marilyn Stewart, Professor Emerita of Art Education, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, with Dr. Amy Bloom, Art Teacher, Exeter Township Junior High School, Exeter PA and Dolores Eaton, Art Teacher, The Pennington School, Pennington, NJ.
Virtual galleries and video tours of Craft in America Center, with exhibits spanning ten years, provide gallery installation views and detailed images of artworks, giving students the opportunity to experience a museum from home, and allowing them to independently explore art.
The current exhibition Identity: 4 Voices explores works by nationally acclaimed artists who convey heritage, cross-cultural histories, and personal belief systems through ceramics, woodworking, furniture-making, and photography.
Our playlists feature videos in one central location, organized by subject and theme so teachers may easily find content to compliment lessons across all content areas. These videos are available for teachers of all subjects to incorporate into their lessons as needed. Newly launched playlists include: History & Culture, STEM Handmade, Language & Storytelling, Performing Craft, Craft & Kids, Craft in History, Schools of Craft and much more.
Craftinamerica.org is regarded as an encyclopedia of national craft. The website contains over 350 profiles of leading and emerging artists across the country, serving as a who’s who in contemporary craft. Informative short-format bios are enhanced by portraits of the artists and images of their artworks.
Craftinamerica.org includes over 60 hour-long lectures given by leading, noteworthy contemporary artists working in ceramics, fiber, glass, wood, and metal. These filmed talks give students the chance to learn in-depth about artistic inspiration, technique, and about the professional and creative choices and pathways that artists take to pursue their dreams.
PLUS: PBS LearningMedia maintains an additional portal of Craft in America online resources for students to learn about the artists, origins, and techniques of American craft.
You can bring the joy of craft and the handmade right into your home with these activities designed for all ages! Inspired by the amazing art featured in Craft in America’s episodes and exhibitions, these activities aim to encourage exploration and creativity for the whole family to enjoy.
Watch the videos for each activity, keeping an eye out for answers to the clues in our visual treasure hunts, or just jump right into the hands-on craft activities that go with them.
There are no rules! Simply have fun and be inspired by the marvelous makers of craft in America.
Treasure Hunt: Watch closely! Check off these visual clues as you find them in the video.
- A tree branch underwater
- 3 pine cones on a pedestal
- A boy sitting on a rock on a billboard
- The wings of a bird
- A cross on a hill
Hands-on Activity: Tell the story of a person or persons in just one picture!
- A camera
- Anything you have around! You can use clothing, costumes, toys, objects from nature, or whatever you can find to stage your photograph.
- Ask yourself: Why do we take photographs of people? How can photographs tell us a story? If you watched the video segment about photographer Cara Romero, think about how she used her photographs (see below for examples of Naomi and 17 Mile Road) to tell stories about her people.
- Think about and decide who you would like to represent in your photograph. Will it be a portrait telling the story of you or a family member? Will it be a character from your favorite book, movie, or your imagination?
- Think about how you will tell a story about that person by what you include in the photograph. Where will you take the photo? Consider different settings, inside or outside. What objects or clothing can you use to tell the story?
- Gather everything you need to stage your photograph, and pose your model in the frame. Your model can be yourself or a friend! Set up your shot, and take the photograph with a camera.
- Show your photographs to others, and see how they react to the story or describe the person in the image. It’s always fun to hear other people’s perspectives! Set up and stage different photographs for different people you would like to tell a story about. You can take as many different pictures with as many different environments as you want!
In light of the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the safety and well-being of our visitors, the Craft in America Center will be closed to the public until further notice.
Please view the Identity: 4 Voices virtual exhibition to see the inspiring works of these four visionary artists.
More information will be forthcoming as the situation progresses. We will keep you informed of further changes via email, social media, and our website craftinamerica.org.
For the safety of everyone in our community, we ask that you please:
- Stay at home when sick and seek medical attention when needed.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Cough into a tissue and immediately dispose of it.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid shaking hands and instead use an alternative greeting protocol.
For more information regarding COVID-19 please visit the County of Los Angeles Website
The Craft in America Center welcomed back Grandview Boulevard Elementary this month, with Ms. Sanchez’s 3rd grade classroom visiting to explore the Quilts: 4 Directions exhibition. The Craft in Schools program’s young participants were excited to experience visiting a museum, some for the very first time!
Many of them were unfamiliar with the concept of craft and quilting when they arrived, but quickly were able to relate their own experiences with handmade objects and textiles to the works on display in the galleries. They practiced carefully observing art as they investigated each piece, searching for the answers to clues provided to them on an art scavenger hunt. For many students, this was the first time they were given agency to explore a gallery independently, and encouraged to slow down and look closely at works on display. Working with their peers in small groups, they were able to really explore and talk about the artwork freely, and several students later reported that solving these “riddles” were their favorite part of the visit.
After they explored the galleries on their own, the class got back together for an in depth group discussion of selected works, like Michael A. Cumming’s Satin Doll quilt from his African Jazz series, or Susan Hudson’s quilt 29 Warriors made in honor of Navajo Code-talkers. They practiced visual literacy and academic language skills as they engaged in visual thinking strategies and inquiry-based dialogue, asking questions and making observations, interpreting meaning and analyzing the methods employed by the artists. While discussing Judith Content’s Aftermath quilt, some students pointed out that her use of contrasting colors gave the illusion of falling leaves – a revelation that artists can tell a story without using words, or even pictures!
The students were then introduced to quilter, Liberty Worth, who provided them an opportunity to meet and speak with a living, working local artist! Speaking on her craft, her professional journey, and her art-making methods, Worth then guided the students in a hands-on activity where they could practice the design aspect of quilting themselves! After investigating the process of using batting to place fabric, they were then provided with glue, a gridded paper template, and a multitude of colorful fabrics die-cut into the half-square triangle shape. The 3rd graders then experimented with designing their own quilt patterns using this basic form. They created such a variety of colorful, wonderful patterns inspired by the art they had seen!
After their visit, the Grandview students were kind enough to send us some incredible thank you cards – handmade, of course! Their words of gratitude and inspiring illustrations were appreciated by all of us here at the Craft in America Center. We look forward to welcoming them back in the future for more fun visits with Craft in Schools!
Craft in America: QUILTS premieres on PBS December 27, 2019 (check local listings). The episode celebrates the vibrant community of contemporary quilters who make and share quilts, and who build community around this art form. In researching and filming QUILTS, we learned of wonderful teachers, blogs, guides, and other quilting opportunities across the United States. The following are just some of these resources, most of which are featured in the episode, for makers of all levels.
One of the episode’s featured artists, Victoria Findlay Wolfe, teaches classes and runs a popular quilting blog in addition to making her own dynamic and colorful quilts. Her pieces appear visually complex, but Wolfe is committed to demystifying her process and sharing her techniques. She is known for making quilts that look difficult to make, and then teaches quilters to make them. On her website, Wolfe offers online classes, templates and fabrics, as well as instructional videos.
The International Quilt Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska also appears in QUILTS, giving viewers a unique look into their extensive collection. They have rotating exhibitions throughout the year, conduct research, and care for the over 5,000 quilts in their collection. If you can’t visit in person, there are online images of a selection of quilts from the collection, complete with information on the materials, maker, and origin. The museum’s website also highlights a Quilt of the Month, and explains their conservation practices.
Every year on the third Saturday in March, quilters and fans of the art form celebrate National Quilting Day (NQD). NQD is an opportunity to appreciate quilt making, recognize the labor of quilt makers, and connect with your international and local quilting community. The first National Quilting Day was held in 1992 in the U.S. and has since grown into an internationally recognized day of celebration. The day is marked by special quilting events, classes, exhibitions, and other community gatherings. The International Quilt Museum has participated for the past 10 years, hosting a free all-day event with hands on activities, lectures, handwork demonstrations, and more, and we highlight the Museum’s 2018 event in QUILTS. For more information and to stay up to date on National Quilting day 2020, visit the Quilt Alliance website or their Facebook page.
The Migrant Quilt Project, featured towards the end of the episode, is an opportunity for interested quilters to unite art and activism. The project, founded in 2004 by Jody Ipsen, invites quilters around the country to make quilts using materials collected at migrant layup sites (locations used for rest and shelter) in the Sonoran Desert. Each quilt lists the number of migrant deaths during a given fiscal year, including the names of every person who lost their life. For those unidentified migrants, the word desconocido, or unknown, is used instead. These quilts – patchworks of denim, work shirts, and other found textiles – carry migrant stories and highlight the brutal conditions under which people seek safety for themselves and their families. The quilts are exhibited throughout the country, including earlier this year at the International Quilt Museum, encouraging viewers to rethink our government’s border policies.
Founded over 10 years ago, QuiltingHub is a comprehensive network of quilting resources, all organized in one place. Founder Paul Johnson has compiled articles, shops, shows, guilds, museums, classes, and more worldwide – all organized geographically. Quilters can plan quilt-themed trips, find their local quilt shop, and access how-tos. The site also has a dictionary of quilting terms, useful to both experienced and amateur makers. For additional resources, quilters can visit one of QuiltingHub’s affiliates: QuiltGuilds.org, or QuiltersTravelCompanion.com, or QuiltersResources.com.
Starting with the opening afternoon of Consume: Handcrafting L.A. Restaurants, the Craft in America Center will be presenting talks between chefs and designers/makers that they have worked with. Check back as we add more talks throughout the run of the exhibition.
Please RSVP to events at [email protected]
Otium / Neptune Glassworks / Irving Place Studio
At 3pm, please join the Craft in America Center for a talk with Chef Timothy Hollingsworth of Otium, Uri Davillier of Neptune Glassworks, and Sabrina Judge of Irving Place Studio on collaborating and how the handmade came to shape the look of Otium. The discussion will be moderated by the curator of the exhibition and Director of the Center, Emily Zaiden.
Event page: https://www.craftinamerica.org/event/consume-opening
n/naka / MANO YA
This installment will feature Chef Niki Nakayama of n/naka and Design/Maker pair Zen Sekizawa and Mario Correa of MANO YA. This talk will be moderated by Center Coordinator and Assistant Curator Alex Miller.
Event page: https://www.craftinamerica.org/event/nnaka
auburn / Klein Agency / Humble Ceramics
This talk will feature Chef Eric Bost of auburn paired with Jon and Masa Kleinhample of Klein Agency and Delphine Lippens of Humble Ceramics.
Event page: https://www.craftinamerica.org/event/auburn
A talk with Chef Aitor Zabala of Somni about collaborating on dishes and the creative process behind the design of Somni and practices used in his cooking and plating.
Support for these programs provided by the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles, the Pasadena Art Alliance, and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission
Not only an artist, but a collector as well, Karyl Sisson produces her work from vintage objects that she has found over the years. Sisson takes the collected objects– such as measuring tape, vintage wax straws, zippers, clothes pins, and more– to create her sculptures. She manipulates these common, yet rare objects in ways that take a certain shape or form that fit to her liking. The forms that her works take are reflections of the images that she has seen in books such as A Beginner’s Guide to Constructing the Universe: The Mathematical Archetypes of Nature, Art, and Science, Seeds: Time Capsules of Life, and Living Images: Biological Microstructures Revealed by Scanning Electron Microscopy, all of which are included in our library collection.
Although these books vary in topic, Karyl Sisson sees a common quality in each that influence the shapes and forms of her works. While Sisson does not directly imitate the images in the books, the patterns and shapes that are shown in the images provoke her creativity further and encourage her practice. For instance, the photographs seen in Living Images come from microscopic snapshots of various microorganisms. The forms that many of the organisms in the book take tend to be very unique and organic in structure, much like her works made from zippers and/or clothes pins. Following a similar concept, Seeds features close-up photographs of seeds that also take on unique structures and patterns. The images featured in A Beginner’s Guide to Constructing the Universe demonstrate how the mathematical principles are manifested into things like flowers, shells, plants, crystals, and the human body.
These books and other literature associated with Karyl Sisson are currently on display through July 6th, 2019 as part of the Karyl Sisson: Fissures & Connections exhibition for guests to flip through. Check out our Library during our open hours to take a look at the rest of the books in our collection!
Hello Craft lovers & friends! My name is Krystal Ramirez and I am this summer’s Getty Marrow curatorial intern for Craft in America Center. I am currently a student at the University of California, Riverside going into my final year of undergraduate studies. I will be receiving my Bachelors of Art in Art History & Administrative Studies with a concentration in Finance next spring. My short term goals include pursuing a Masters degree, working as a curator at a contemporary institution, and starting an art collective.
Today marks the end of my first week at the Center, and as someone who is new to the craft world, I have already learned so much about the overall intricacies of craftwork. I am lucky to have began this internship while two extraordinary exhibitions are up on display: Karyl Sisson: Fissures & Connections and Excellence in Fibers. These shows have given me a great introduction to craftwork, specifically in regards to materials and techniques that some artists use. These shows have also been a huge inspiration to my creativity, and have contributed to teaching me how to appreciate craft.
As someone who has been involved in the local contemporary art scene, I have never really explored craft until now. I had never realized before how involved craft art has been in contemporary art, yet how underrepresented these thoughtful and labor-intensive works tend to be. Being at the center has taught me much about the process and journey of creating craft pieces. I now know how to view craftworks in the way they should be, and now even have a personal interest in craft- and it has only been a week!
My biggest takeaway this week has been everything I’ve learned about craft art and the Center. I cannot wait to familiarize myself more with craft work, along with learning about the tasks and responsibilities of being a curator at a small nonprofit organization like Craft in America. Come stop by the Center this summer if you can to test me on my knowledge of all things Craft in America!
– Krystal R. 🙂