Arts Workforce Initiative


Since its inception in 2017, more than 100 Connecticut individuals interested in exploring a career in the arts, including college students, emerging creatives, formerly incarcerated individuals and military veterans, have been placed in apprenticeships at non-profit arts organizations. In return, they have explored various job opportunities in the arts, developed new passions, enhanced their skill set, received professional development support and, for some, long-term employment. Additionally, non-profit arts organizations (host organizations) have provided apprentices with engaging experiences in arts administration, visual arts, arts presenting/curating, media arts, performing arts, visual arts, arts education and literary arts.

A host organization must provide a hands-on and engaging learning opportunity that allows   an individual to gain relevant skills and work experience in the arts. Organizations are encouraged to submit a project-based job description vs. a description with a general list of responsibilities.  Selected host organizations will be granted $3,750 to be used to pay an hourly rate of $15. Selected participants work 25 hours a week for 10 weeks for the selected host organization. Participants receive payment from the host organization where their apprenticeship will take place.

Important Information for Organizations and Individuals Interested in Being an Apprentice
  • Please refer to the Timeline Overview for deadlines. 
  • The 2023 AWI Program will consist of 12 apprentices and 12 host organizations. 
  • All selected organizations and apprentices are required to attend a one-day creative workforce event, in-person. This event will be held the week of May 15th. Further details will be provided to selected participants. 
  • Please review this Deadlines and FAQs
    • You can also watch/listen to this pre-recorded info session here
    • You can submit additional questions here. (Answers that can benefit all applications will be updated to the FAQs. Answers that are specific to individuals will be addressed directly via email.)