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A Summer in Art – Shoreline Arts Alliance Internship Program

The Shoreline Arts Alliance (SAA), a Regional Service Organization of the CT Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts, mission is to educate, encourage, enrich, and engage through the arts, culture, heritage, and humanities. As well as to make art and culture a part of the daily fabric of community life.

The SAA welcomes high school and early college student summer interns with a focus on non-profit organizations for arts management, marketing, and communications for general small business.

Now in its third year, interns work on average 2-3 days a week on various projects related to their specific content interest. Many of these students have a passion for the arts and want to explore the inner workings of a non-profit arts organization. While others explore broad career interests in marketing and communications.   Each intern works directly with Eric Dilner, CEO of the Shoreline Arts Alliance, to develop goals, objectives, and implementation of their specific project.

Two of this season’s interns, Lauren Harrington and Monica Boretsky, are specifically focused on arts management.

Lauren graduated from East Lyme High School, located in East Lyme, CT. She is a freshman at Lesley University’s College of Art and Design, Cambridge, MA, majoring in Illustration.   Monica is a dual graduate of Daniel Hand High School, located in Madison, CT, as well as the Educational Center for the Arts, located in New Haven, CT as a dance major.  She is a freshman at Hofstra University, NY, majoring in Business Management with the goal of opening her own dance studio.

Both of these young women agree, they are excited to be a part of this internship program so they can gain experience within their respective fields in the arts.  The hands on experience will extend and complement the knowledge they are gaining at college.

Even though the interns are only on site through the summer, they still get a chance to experience some part of SAA’s major program planning throughout the year, given the fact that it takes about a year to plan for a 5-day event.  Exposure to budgeting, advertising, promotion, media selection and comparative rates, contracts, and public relations for major programs like the professionally adjudicated “Images” photography competition is examined in detail.

With summer in full swing that means the interns get to go behind the scenes of the two major programs Rising Star Theater Experience that dovetails with Shakespeare on the Shoreline. Adding valuable hands on basics of outdoor stage construction and management, safety regulations, permits, policing, and even trash collection rounds out their experience in public arts presentations.

Ranging from 8-15 years of age, the students are given the opportunity to take part in the Rising Star Experience program learning from teaching artists, and working actors as an ensemble, using the “Shakesperience Approach” to acting.   Improve games, text work, acting and movement lessons, and rehearsals pack the week add to the depth of this extraordinary program.  Select students may even be invited to perform in the Shakespeare on the Shoreline main stage production.

Virtually every intern is working on some aspect of the main summer event Shakespeare on the Shoreline.  Shoreline Arts Alliance, in collaboration with Shakesperience Productions, Inc. of Waterbury, CT will present William Shakespeare’s  The Tempest. This family-friendly theater under the stars, live FREE performance is staged on the Guilford Green August 2nd-6th with performances nightly at 7:30pm.

This year, the noted blind actor David Richman, Ph.D. returns to Shakespeare on the Shoreline staring in the The Tempest.

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