AWI Pathways - Youth Summer Arts Experience



Since 2017, the Arts Workforce Initiative (AWI) has provided hands-on work experience in the arts to diverse, traditionally underrepresented and talented individuals throughout the state of Connecticut. Since its inception, more than 100 Connecticut college students, emerging creatives, formerly incarcerated individuals and military veterans have been placed in apprenticeships at non-profit and cultural organizations. In return, they have explored various job opportunities in the arts, developed new passions, enhanced their skillset, received professional development support and, for some, long-term employment. Additionally, 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.

The CT Office of the Arts (COA) is proud to announce AWI Pathways, a programmatic extension of the Arts Workforce Initiative.  AWI Pathways will support Connecticut youth who are negatively impacted by the justice system.  During summer 2022, COA and Career  Resources, Inc. (CRI) - a statewide leader in workforce development and reentry services - will collaborate on the AWI Pathways - Youth Summer Arts Experience program to give justice-impacted children (aged 16-18) the opportunity to explore traditional and non-traditional jobs in the arts. This pilot project will serve residents and arts organizations in Bridgeport.  This collaboration is intended to serve as a pilot model for similar programs throughout the state and as a means of addressing disparities that exist within the arts community, as well as creating a workforce pipeline in the arts for young talent negatively impacted by the justice system. 

Program Duration: 6 weeks (July 5, 2022 - August 12, 2022) 


Participant Compensation: Participants will receive a $1800 stipend for 6 weeks, for a maximum of 20 working hours a week. Working schedules will be arranged by organization supervisors and paired participants, and biweekly payments will be sent by CRI.


Organization Information: Five (5) organizations will be selected to host 2 individuals (aged 16-18) each. Organization supervisors are responsible for keeping track of participant attendance, producing a job description, overseeing the execution of tasks, and submitting a final report. 



To learn more about AWI Pathways and CRI’s Youth Summer Arts Experience, click HERE.


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