Volunteers and Committees are the backbone of the Orange County Arts Council. Whether you are a student, a business person, or a community member with an interest in the arts, volunteering at the Arts Council is a wonderful way to gain valuable experience in a fun, creative environment. With the exception of the Chair of the Committee, it is not necessary for a Committee Member to be an Arts Council Board Member. Some ways that volunteers can help are:
- Assisting in the office with phone calls, spreadsheets, and database administration
- Helping with our special events, especially at the annual Art Awards gala in November, attended by many movers and shakers in Orange County!
- Helping with the High School Student Art Celebration in February
- Manning booths or tables at various events or festivals
- Helping with any of our upcoming 10-year anniversary opportunities in 2017!
If you are interested in volunteering with the Arts Council, check the link above and we’ll schedule a time for you to come in and talk to us.
The Orange County Arts Council and the Orange County Film Office offer Summer, Fall, and Spring unpaid internship opportunities for college students. Interns are typically involved in marketing and research activities such as:
- Assisting with maintenance of websites by adding events to calendar, updating news, adding artist opportunities, and insuring that all information is relevant and up to date
- Sharing in the administration of the Arts Council’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest accounts
- Helping to create monthly newsletters, including gathering of pertinent information and reporting monthly stats
- Assisting with the organization of the Orange County Location Manager Tour on behalf of Orange County Film Office
- Creating flyers for upcoming events
- Meeting with the Arts Council Executive Director at least once a week to provide an update on progress and address any obstacles that may be identified
- Researching and listing any arts organization in Orange County that provides classes of any sort (i.e., children, adults, visual, music, dance, etc.)
- Researching and documenting any Teaching Artists in Orange County such as artists who teach classes in their own studio or with an organization that is NOT a public or private K-12 accredited school and/or artists who teach or have taught (but who are not teachers employed by the school) in a public or private K-12 accredited school
- Call or email artists and/or organizations for additional information as needed
Internships are typically two days per week, but schedules can be very flexible. Working from home is also an option; however at least three hours per week should be spent in the office and one hour a week will be devoted to meeting with the Arts Council Executive Director to discuss progress. Date and time of this meeting will be determined based on Executive Director and intern’s schedule.
The benefits to the intern will include (but we hope not be limited to):
- Helping to market the Orange County Arts Council and the Orange County Film Office
- Making professional contacts in the industry
- Exposure to the workings of a county-wide non-profit organization
- Strengthening communication and networking skills
- Letter of recommendation from the Arts Council (pending satisfactory completion of internship)
- A complementary Arts Council Membership
Interested candidates should be motivated self-starters who are organized and detail-oriented. Interns will receive a brief orientation regarding the history of the Arts Council, mission, goals, and current programs. If the student is eligible for internship credits at his or her school, we can accommodate that as well. If you are interested, please check the link below and we will call you back to schedule an interview.