Hancher Auditorium – University of Iowa

Internship: Campus & Community Engagement Intern

Hancher is committed to connecting artists with audiences beyond the stage. In normal times, Hancher artists often engage with the community over a course of two to six days, participating in events, often free, that deepen the impact of visiting artists and remind us all that the arts are relevant to all aspects of life. Hancher residencies bring artists to campus, into the community, and across the state. Recent resident artists include Sankai Juku, Las Cafeteras, Urban Bush Women, Taylor Mac, and The Joffrey Ballet. Since halting in-person programming in March 2020, we have made efforts to expand artist relationships via virtual community engagement; we are committed to continuing with this work even when in-person programming resumes. Our HPG intern will primarily assist with research and planning for our 2021-2022 artist residencies, with an eye toward engaging audiences in new and deeper ways in a post-pandemic society.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Research Hancher’s 2021-2022 artists and work with Hancher public engagement staff to craft unique and impactful residency events for the 2021-2022 season, particularly as they relate to BIPOC populations in Iowa City and surrounding areas
  • Explore new opportunities to increase impact through online programs and other virtual experiences and interactions with our audiences
  • Research the ways in which the arts engagement needs of local K-12 schools and other special populations have shifted in response to the pandemic and act as a thought partner as we make plans to better serve those communities moving forward
  • Assist with grant writing in support of programming for the 2021-2022 season and beyond
  • Assist with research and planning for campus and community-focused projects for Hancher’s 50th anniversary season (2022-2023)

Qualifications & Skills Preferred:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Knowledge of the Iowa City community and surrounding areas
  • Experience in public engagement planning
  • Previous experience researching arts and humanities projects, artists, and organizations
  • Ability and ease to conduct informational meetings

Supervisor: Micah Ariel James, Associate Director of Education and Community Engagement