Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Denver Museum Recognizes American Indian Artists

This is ever so slightly delayed, but last week the New York Times featured this article about how the Denver Art Museum is embracing a new movement to attribute American Indian works to individual artists, as opposed to treating them as ethnographic artifacts. Not only is this incredibly exciting because it's another step up in validating the work of American Indians as art, but it may be an opportunity for YOU if you play your cards right. The article mentions that a big obstacle in getting works attributed is the typical lack of time/money/people, which to my mind spells i-n-t-e-r-n-s-h-i-p. You can find the application process here. Although it looks like they post internship openings by department, it never hurts to send a resume and cover letter anyway explaining why you're interested and that you would like to help. Sometimes, being consistent and aggressive about your excitement and qualifications is more likely to get you a position than following the rules everyone else follows. Being a little plucky helps you stand out from the crowd and demonstrates a go-getter attitude that every supervisor wants on their team.

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