Creative Arts Apprenticeship

Unlock Your Creative Potential!
Are you ready to embark on a transformative journey that blends traditional apprenticeship with cutting-edge creative technologies? Look no further than the Creative Arts Apprenticeship program at the Center for the Arts of Homer – a New York State Council on the Arts supported initiative to cultivate skills in a dynamic and unique hands-on experience.

Key Features:

Learning through the Apprenticeship Model:

    • Built on an apprenticeship model for skill development.
    • Infused with creative technologies to provide a contemporary learning experience.

Personalized Learning Redefined:

    • Revive the lost art of personalized learning through the age-old apprenticeship process.
    • Scale your skills through hands-on experience as you apprentice to a master.

Exclusive Opportunity for Ages 15-21:

    • Open to passionate individuals aged 15 to 21.
    • Join the production team at the Center for the Arts of Homer.

Real-Time Learning Experience:

    • Immerse yourself in real-time learning alongside our experienced engineers.
    • Gain practical skills that set you apart in the competitive creative industry.

Holistic Skill Development:

    • Learn essential skills that can’t be acquired through online or classroom settings.
    • Become a “full stack creative arts engineer” with both technical and creative competencies.

Production Team Integration:

    • Work side by side with professionals in the Center for the Arts of Homer.
    • Contribute to live projects, ensuring a dynamic and immersive learning environment.

Why Choose Our Program?

Industry-Relevant Skills:

    • Acquire skills in sound engineering, light theory, design, photography, videography, and more.
    • Master tools, rigging, set design, and specialized software used by industry professionals.

Personal and Professional Growth:

    • Develop soft skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, and entrepreneurial mindset.
    • Cultivate attributes like collaboration, communication, commitment, and creativity.

Exclusive Access to Opportunities:

    • The program serves as a feeder network for New York State universities and top-ranked institutions.
    • Enhance your competitiveness in the creative sector and gain potential scholarship opportunities.

Two-Year Immersive Pilot:

    • Engage in a comprehensive two-year pilot program to ensure thorough skill development.
    • Receive mentorship, feedback, and opportunities for self-assessment.

Apply Now and Shape Your Creative Future!

Ready to take the first step towards becoming a creative arts trailblazer? Apply now for the Creative Arts Apprenticeship program and unlock a world of possibilities. Seize this exclusive opportunity to learn, create, and thrive in the dynamic realm of the arts!

Built on the time-tested art of apprenticeship as a model for skill development, fused with creative technologies, the Creative Arts Apprenticeship program will teach essential skills that can’t be learned on-line or in a classroom. The goal of this  program is to scale the lost art of personalized learning through an age-old process once used by the arts – the apprenticeship to a master. Accepted students ages 15 – 21 will become part of the production team at the Center for the Arts of Homer, and learn in real time alongside our engineers.

Young people who go through the program will learn skills as “full stack creative arts engineers.” Full stack is a concept that is popular in the software development world for someone who is equally skilled in UX and UI – meaning they possess both technical and creative competencies. People with these skills sets are in high demand in the workforce – particularly for arts organizations who are looking to innovate and engage audiences through new immersive experiences.

The program will be constructed around a curriculum developed by the Center for the Arts, and will include teaching modules as well as hands-on learning, working with the Center’s professional staff and other community partners. It has been demonstrated that this model effectively unlocks rapid skills and capacity-building that today’s knowledge economy demands of the workforce. The skills taught by the program are not offered as part of high school or college programs and can be the springboard to either college degree programs in these technologies or a fast-track to a professional career path.

There will be two components to the program: hard and soft skills for those interested in pursuing opportunities around the creative arts. Hard skill development would include core principles of sound engineering, light theory, light mixing, design for production, photography, videography, graphic design, digital marketing and social media, as apprenticeship work with tools, rigging, sound boards, light rigging, set design, physical media products, equipment handling and safety, fabrication and specialized software such as OBS (open broadcast software, Adobe Creative, CAD modeling, 3D image scanning and photogrammetry). Apprentices in the program would learn and work side by side with professionals to ensure both proper technique and safety.

Soft skill development will help shape personal characteristics and practical skills to become better innovators and problem solvers in a real-world environment. It will teach critical thinking and problem solving, as well as fundamental entrepreneurial skills such as agility, analysis and assessment, collaboration, communication, commitment, creativity, decision-making, drive, listening, logic, organization, problem solving, project management, and team building.

The two-year pilot will create the model, implement programming, collect data, measure results (i.e., college placement, job placement within the creative sector) and produce a playbook that can be a replicable model for other performing arts organizations as well as industry.

It is also expected that this program will become a feeder network for New York State universities that offer programs in the creative industries. In particular, SUNY Oswego, SUNY Cortland, SUNY Binghamton, SUNY Buffalo, SUNY Fredonia, and SUNY Geneseo, as do area community colleges such as Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3) and Onondaga Community College. Additionally, local private higher educational institutions such as Syracuse University, Ithaca College and RIT all have top ranked national programs in the visual and performing arts, as well as digital media. An apprenticeship program like this will enhance the competitiveness of applicants from underserved communities across Upstate New York, and potentially lead to scholarship opportunities for students from rural areas who might not otherwise access or afford higher education.
This program is made possible by a grant from New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA)