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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Bravo Greater Des Moines (Bravo) today announced a five-year partnership with Americans for the Arts in the Diversity in Arts Leadership (DIAL) Internship, a program for undergraduate students of all majors and disciplines that promotes career development and learning in the field of arts administration. The partnership with Bravo enables the program to expand for the first time after more than 20 years of success in New York City. In addition to Des Moines, Americans for the Arts is also partnering on a second pilot site in New Jersey in partnership with the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

With the focus of creating a more healthy, vibrant and equitable arts ecosystem, DIAL matches undergraduate students from backgrounds traditionally untapped for arts leadership with host arts organizations and business mentors to guide students’ personal and professional growth throughout the summer. Interns can complete projects in marketing, development and fundraising and community outreach. In 2019, the nationwide, competitive selection process will support 24 full-time, paid, ten-week internships in Iowa, New Jersey, and New York City. Des Moines is seeking seven host arts organization matches for 2019. 

The program has been important to the growth of students’ careers; 48 percent of DIAL alumni are now working in the creative sector at organizations like Adobe, Coach and the Harlem Festival of the Arts. Past placement organizations have included the Guggenheim Museum, American Federation of Arts and the New York City Opera.

“Bravo is thrilled to partner with Americans for the Arts to bring DIAL to Greater Des Moines,” said Sally Dix, executive director of Bravo.  “The program advances regional goals to strengthen the cultural tapestry in Des Moines and is directly in line with Bravo’s commitment to create a shared understanding of cultural equity and its significance to our community.”  

“I am pleased to welcome this diverse group of bright students from across the country to our summer-long gathering of the Diversity in Arts Leadership Internship Program,” said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “This program creates a pipeline of diverse arts leaders across a variety of arts disciplines and businesses, ensuring that participants gain invaluable exposure to the various fields of future employment.”

Applications and further information is available on the DIAL page.  Intern and host organization applications for the Des Moines program are due on Wednesday, February 20, 2019.