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Here at the Textile Arts Center we're always looking for new, talented people to join our team.

Teach With Us

We’re currently seeking instructors on the following areas. If your expertise is outside of these areas, send us your information anyway and we'll keep it on file for when we're adding new classes or filling spots.

Leather Working
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Natural Dyeing
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Machine Knitting
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Basket Weaving
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Batik
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Surface Design
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Our Work Exchange Program

For those interested in being part of TAC's community and using the studio resources, we offer a Work Exchange program at our Brooklyn studio. Staff, students, and visitors rely on the commitment that Work Exchange participants make to keep our Studio running as a resource for the TAC community.

Studio Monitors

Studio Monitoring is a one month commitment to one 4-hour Monitor shift per week, in exchange for one month of free Open Studio.

Studio Monitors can use Open Studio for free during the month of their Work Exchange commitment. TAC Open Studio rules apply.

Shifts:
Studio Monitoring shifts available are Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday 5-9pm.

Responsibilities:
Monitors are responsible for monitoring the studio during Open Studio, including buzzing people in, greeting and signing in students, aiding in clean-up, and closing the studio.

Commitment:
Applicants are asked to commit to work on the same shift for the whole month.

While we run our remote class sessions we have opportunities for Moderators!  Find out more about Moderating and apply here.

Studio Caretakers

Studio Caretaking is a one month long commitment to one 3 hour cleaning shift per week, in exchange for one month of free Open Studio as well as $85 class credit.

Studio Caretakers can use Open Studio for free during the month of their Work Exchange commitment and gain $85 class credit. TAC Open Studio rules apply.

Shifts:
Studio Caretaking shifts are available on Sundays between 11am-3pm

Responsibilities:
Caretakers are responsible for cleaning the studio, and communicating with the Studio Manager on Studio Supplies

Commitment:
Applicants are asked to commit to work on the same shift for the whole month.

Internships

Overview
The Basics & Perks of Interning
Eligibility & Selection Process
Timeline
Available Positions

Throughout the year, Textile Arts Center accepts motivated students, artists and hobbyists to its Internship Program. TAC seeks individuals who are eager to learn more about how it works as an organization, as well those who want to share their skill set with TAC while learning on the job.

As part of Textile Arts Center’s mission to act as a resource facility for the textile community, the program allows for a mutually beneficial relationship, and a comprehensive way to engage with the community at large. Through specific responsibilities, as well as individual projects suited to the intern, we seek to give our interns experience to enhance their knowledge of working in a small arts organization. In addition, TAC compensates interns through access to classes and equipment in exchange for their work contributions that allow TAC to provide all it does for the community.

Fall and Spring Internships are a 4.5 month commitment, unless otherwise discussed. Together we create a schedule for each intern that covers approximately 15-20 hours per week. Some internship positions require very specific hours. Summer internships are a 30/hr per week commitment, for 3 months.

Preference is given to those who are receiving school credit, but class credits are provided for all accepted interns.

 

Perks Include:

 

  • Association with a small but growing arts organization focused on the textile and fiber community that holds classes, workshops, exhibitions, guest lectures, screenings while working with esteemed teachers, artists and designers from the textile industry and art world.
  • Access to our open studio facilities, equipment, and $1100 of class credit
  • Collaborative + communicative environment – new ideas are always welcome! Interns are an integral part of the TAC team
  • Hands-on opportunity to learn about a small arts organization, as well as specific techniques and skills

Generally, preference is given to students who are able to receive credit for their internship, but we accept applications from anyone with a strong passion for the textile arts and a desire to work with an organization with a model such as TAC’s. Applicants must be 18 years of age.

After reviewing applications, we will contact all those who seem like a good fit for specific internships, and we will conduct an interview. If you are unable to make the interview in person, we will schedule a Skype conversation. Interviews will be conducted by specific supervisors. After interviews are complete for those contacted, we will be in touch by via email to let you know about your internship status.

As we base our interview selections on your answers in this application, please be thorough and honest in your answers!

For all internship related inquiries, please email submit@textileartscenter.com

Application Period: November 14 – December 10, 2020

Interviews: December 13 – December 18, 2020

Acceptance by: December 21, 2020

Orientation: TBD

Start Date: January 14, 2021

End Date: May 31, 2021

 

APPLY HERE

 

Applications for Winter/ Spring Internships open in November

Applications for Summer Internships open in March

Applications for Fall Internships open in June

Studio

Interns have the opportunity to learn about the daily operations and management of a public arts studio. Responsibilities include: managing inventory, material sourcing + purchasing, maintenance procedures, studio readiness, class prep, and specialty projects.

2 Positions Available
Supervisor: Studio Manager

 

Youth Education

Interns have the opportunity to work directly in a classroom setting with a variety of textile techniques. Interns are responsible for aiding the Youth Programs Director and Instructors during class time. Interns are encouraged to take on the responsibility of teaching single classes their own. Responsibilities include: helping with class prep + breakdown, working on program development and curriculum writing.

1–2 Positions Available
Supervisor: Education Managers

 

Admin & Social Media

Interns get hands-on experience with helping to grow an arts organization through outreach and outward-facing interaction. Interns also work on researching and developing new materials to promote textile education to a larger audience. Responsibilities include: basic design and content creation for marketing collateral and social media platforms, basic data reporting and spreadsheet maintenance, assisting with seasonal event planning.

1-2 Position Available
Supervisor: Co-Executive Director, Director of Operations

 

Artist Programs

Interns aid in running the two residency programs at TAC, Artists in Residence and Work In Progress, and in developing other resources and opportunities for artists. Responsibilities include aiding in scheduling and curriculum development, attending weekly classes + meetings, documentation, interview + writing artist features for our blog, research and promotion of textile events, and aiding in organization/curating exhibitions.

1-2 Positions Available
(Not available as Summer Internship)
Supervisor: Co-Executive Director

Applications for Winter/Spring 2021 internships are open. Apply now!

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Other Opportunities

Partner With Us
If you're interested in partnering with us, please get in touch! Examples of our past partnerships include institutions such as the Brooklyn Museum, Bard Graduate Center, Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn Botanical Garden, Edible Schoolyard, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Art and Design, the Museum of the City of New York, and more.
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Donate Materials
Thank you for thinking of the Textile Arts Center as a recipient for your materials! Your donation plays an integral part in our studio operations. It allows our students access to a wide variety of different materials while also allowing us to keep our cost accessible to Open Studio users. Your contribution is one of the many things that helps make the Textile Arts Center the great resource that it is.
Currently we are only accepting materials that will be used in our youth programs, adult programs, or general studio operations. Some items we would love to have: Medium or light cotton fabric (above one yard or more, no swatches or scraps), Hand knitting yarn, Warp weight yarn for weaving, Large beads, Fun buttons, Felt and felting materials (roving, etc), Jewelry supplies (chains, closures, etc), Sewing machine thread and accessories, Scissors (kids and adults), Fabric scissors, Paper (pads or 8.5x11), Stainless steel pots, Metal framed silk screens, Block printing supplies, Textile Books & Magazines. Unfortunately we cannot do pick-ups, and please understand, all donations must be delivered to our studio and we will only accept what we are able to use. If you are interested in donating any materials to us, please send a description and photos by clicking the link below.
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