Future of the arts
Tobin Center boosts the next generation of San Antonio artists through paid summer internships
The arts are a big deal in San Antonio, from the vibrant murals, multiple theaters, and numerous galleries in Southtown. Now, the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts is helping to nourish the next generation of creative talent by funding paid internships at 10 Bexar Country organizations.
The selected organizations this year include some of the nonprofit world's leading lights, including Artpace, Cactus Pear Music Festival, Gemini Ink, Magik Theatre, Opera San Antonio, Contemporary at Blue Star, Children's Chorus of San Antonio, Marisol Deluna Foundation Inc., Artvango Therapeutic Services Inc., and Conjunto Heritage Taller.
Each nonprofit will receive $3,500 to fund a 10-week internship from June 5, 2023, to August 11, 2023. The aim is that the interns will be provided with individual learning experiences. At the same time, organizations get some much-needed help with seasonal or special projects.
Students need not focus on the arts to apply. The program is open to anyone who has completed one semester of college or university coursework, is enrolled in the spring 2023 semester, and has yet to receive a bachelor's or higher diploma before June 2. Applicants must be Bexar County residents, although their school does not have to be in county lines.
The Tobin Center's Generation NEXT program oversees the internship program and focuses on connecting education and the arts, promoting creative classrooms and culturally relevant learning. The grants have been funded by Bexar County since 2013.
"We believe creative empowerment is central to a 21st-century education," says Kimberly Stephenson, Director of Education for The Tobin Center, via a release. "Generation NEXT removes barriers to participation in arts by providing inclusive and diverse educational and artistic experiences to more than 20,000 annually."
Interested students can find applications on the organizations' websites or via the links provided by the Tobin Center.