the meridian interns program

Co-founder Amy Berk (front row, second from the right) poses with the first MIP interns and Artist Instructors in 1996. 

Co-founder Amy Berk (front row, second from the right) poses with the first MIP interns and Artist Instructors in 1996. 

The Meridian Interns Program (MIP) is a paid internship for low-income teens that combines art-making workshops with training in job-related skills.

Conceived as a natural offshoot of the programming of Meridian Gallery, MIP transforms the knowledge and energy of the people and resources associated with Meridian Gallery into a unique educational experience that provides approximately 34 youth each year the chance to work with and learn from professional interdisciplinary artists.

The Meridian Interns Program provides these youth, aged 14 to 17, with real work in the real world. Our interns learn all the transferable job skills of running a gallery (such as verbal and visual communication, computer graphic programs, publication writing, illustration design and production, gallery maintenance and installation) as well as art-making theories and practices.

Our interns make frequent field trips to museums, galleries, parks, and cultural festivals. They organize several annual events including their own visual art exhibition and an Annual Holiday Coffee House performance, and publish a Zine for about 600 city youth.

You can improve the lives of low-income and disadvantaged youth by encouraging a passion for the arts.

Become a supporter of the Meridian Interns Program and change a life. 

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