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Naomi Masingale

Naomi Masingale, a grad student in the Arts Admin-istration Program at LeMoyne College, joined us as an administrative intern for the spring semester.


Xi Chen

Xi Chen, a grad student at SU's School of Information Studies, is re-creating an interactive map of places featured in our posters.


Naomi Coufal

Naomi Coufal, a native of Horseheads, helps with
writing tasks and managing our Pinterest page. She loves listening to and playing music (flute); reading and writing; and backpacking.


Priya Balaji

Priya Balaji, a native of Bangalore, India, creates videos for us. See them on
our YouTube Channel


Johnathan O'Kelley

Johnathan O'Kelley
graduated from Onondaga Community College with a degree in multi-media de-
sign. He interned with us
from June, 2014, to August, 2015. Read a story about his internship.


Marie Martin

Marie Martin, a Syracuse native, helps with crafty
tasks, including the creation
of poetry booklets.


Jamie Santos

Jamie Santos, a tattooist at Scarab Body Arts in Armory Square , contributes to our collection of illustrated note cards.

 

Jamie Santos

Yingxue Xiao, a graduate of SU's iSchool and a native of Qujing, China, helps with database development. She also selects and posts the Haiku of the Day.

 

Yihang Sun

Yihang Sun, a graduate student at SU's Whitman School of Management,
helped with bookkeeping
and accounting. Photo by Mindy Lee Tarry.


How to Help

If you like seeing Syracuse art in public places, help make it happen! Our poets and artists produce beautiful work. But to share this work with the broader community and make it financially viable entails an array of tasks. Help us by volunteering. You’ll get to share skills, learn new skills, and work with artists, poets and other champions of public art in Syracuse.

Our nonprofit group has a board of directors, a team of volunteers, and opportunities for high school and college interns. We meet for regular work sessions at Syracuse CoWorks, second floor, 201 E. Jefferson St.

Check the volunteer opportunities below, find one that inspires you, and contact us.

For an informative story about the value of volunteering, read this article from the New York Times.

 


Volunteer Opportunities

Sales
We need people with retail experience to help develop additional retail outlets for poster prints. Volunteers help us reach out to gift shops, frame shops, coffee shops, and other sales venues.

Accounting
For a modest enterprise, we have a sophisticated accounting system, and we need knowledgable volunteers to help us with a variety of bookkeeping and accounting tasks. If you're a Quickbooks wizard, come share your magic.

Fund Raising
We need people with development experience who can secure grants, patronage and corporate sponsorship.

On-line Marketing
To attract customers to our on-line store, we hope to develop additional on-line outlets, such as Etsy. We need volunteers to help develop and manage an Etsy account.

Graphic Design
Artists from Syracuse University design our annual poster series. But we still need illustrators, typographers and graphic designers to create publicity and marketing materials (letterhead, point-of-sale materials, brochures, poetry solicitations, web pages, invoices, thank-you cards, etc.) and to develop new products. For an example of some playful, extracurricular design work by our graphic design intern Johnathan O'Kelley, click here.

Civic Art Curator
Our on-line store has begun to feature additional poster art that aligns with our emphasis on civic art. We need a volunteer curator to reach out to Central New York artists who work in this vein, negotiate agreements, write blurbs about the artists, and post their work.

Micro-publishing
We're making better use of our large archive of haiku by developing haiku booklets, with guest curators selecting haiku around regional themes. You can check out the first of these items on the page devotoed to free stuff. Next up? Maybe a collection of haiku about Onondaga Lake. The task calls for volunteers interested in book design, fabrication, and distribution.

Computer Programming
We use databases to keep in touch with poets, artists, customers, sponsors and patrons. Since the development of our on-line store, this work has become more sophisticated. We need technicians who can design and maintain databases in Access, Excel, and other programs. And we need information technology people to set up hardware and software and manage files.

Printing
We work closely with The Copy Centers, a downtown copy shop, but would also benefit from the expertise of professionals in the printing industry. Volunteers could help us diversify into other printed products, such as note cards and calendars.

Writing
We need writers to help with a variety of tasks, including applying for grants, generating publicity, communicating and corresponding about our activities, and helping with the annual solicitation of haiku. The haiku solicitation involves reaching out to the poetry community, networking with schools and writing programs, and inspiring good work. We also need writers to help us launch and maintain a blog.

Reporting
Each poster print comes with an information sheet, with pictures of, and comments from, the poet and artist. We need people to gather those comments by recording and transcribing what the artists and poets say about their work.

Civic Relations
We request permissions, funding, sponsorship, and in-kind support from a variety of institutions, including city and county government, Center State CEO, and Syracuse University. We need ambassadors and advocates who can develop relationships with these institutions.


Our Previous Interns

Our internship program dates to 2010, when we developed internships with Byrant & Stratton College, followed by internships with SU in 2011.

Our fall semester interns for 2015 were: Rusi Sun, from the Information Management Program at SU, helping with database management; Yingxue Xiao, an iSchool graduate, helping with database management; Zhaolu Meng, from the Information Management Program, helping us with website development and analytics; and Fan Wang, a graduate student at the Janklow Arts Leadership Program, helping with outreach to sales venues.

Our special intern Johnathan O’Kelly, from Onadaga Community College, worked for us from June 2014 to August 2015, helping with graphic design.

Our summer interns for 2015 was Dongping Zhang, from the iSchool of SU, helping with database management.

Our fall semester, 2014, interns were Akili Humphrey and Victoria Luycky, both from SU's Writing and Rhetoric Program, helping with marketing and promotion.

Our spring semester interns for 2014 were Qianyi Wang, working on web development; Yangyang Yu, helping with Google mapping; Mark Ferguson from SUNY Oswego, helping with marketing and promotion; and Tong Jin, from the iSchool, working on our databases.

Our fall semester interns for 2013 were Nikita Doshi, helping with website optimization; Ameya Khankar, working on web development; Rachel Wakefield, helping with marketing, promotion and a variety of writing-related tasks; and Qianqian Chen, managing and developing our databases.

Our spring semester interns for 2013 were Carlos Garcia, website developer; Tenaysia Fox, editorial and social media assistant; Yanxin Shi, working on website optimization; Vidan Shah, database development; Apurva Limaye, database development--all from Syracuse University. We also had help from Joseph Goodrow, of Byrant & Stratton, doing graphic design; and Stacey Considine, of LeMoyne College, helping with resource development.

Our fall semester interns for 2012 were: Bhushan Phapale, website development; and Xiaopei Feng, database development--both from SU.

Our spring semester interns for 2012 were: Wenhui Li, database development; Mollie Knopf, arts marketing; Lydia Hatch, resource development; Megan Steinberg, graphic design.

Our spring semester interns for 2011 were: Abby Christman, working on marketing a promotion; Terrell Hargrove McShan, resource development; Sibo Niu, web development; Yuan "Tracy" Yang, database development. Over the summer, we had another great team, consisting of Xiangjun Yan, database development; Bin Zhu, website development; and Fangjie Tang, database development.

Our fall semester interns for 2011 were: Jing Chen, website development; Meng Shui, graphic design; and Shreetam Naik, database development.

Our Spring and summer interns, 2011, were Marcus Ayala and Ron Firenze, from Bryant & Stratton. They designed business cards, store contracts, and promotional materials, and loaded content onto our on-line store.

Our first intern, in the fall of 2010, was Dan Sawyer, of Bryant & Stratton. Dan prepared posters from past series to be reissued; buffed up our Twitter page; created samplers of annual poster collections; and designed outreach materials.


 

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