Monthly Archives: November 2010

Direct Action Research Training

DART is now accepting applications for the 2011 DART Organizers Institute, the paid, four month field school for people interested in launching a career in community organizing. Participants will undergo a combined classroom and field training covering topics including:

· Entering a community
· Identifying and training local leaders
· Strategic planning and issue cutting
· Relationship and community building
· Direct Action on community issues
· Fundraising

The DART Center has built coalitions throughout the country that have won important victories on a broad set of justice issues including:

· Education reform in low-performing public schools
· Job Training
· Drugs and Violence
· Criminal Recidivism
· Living Wage
· Neighborhood Revitalization, etc.

The DART Organizers Institute combines a 7-day classroom orientation with 15 weeks of infield training at a DART host organization. This is a paid training program that includes: a $7,000 living stipend, transportation to the classroom orientation and host city, and mileage reimbursement during the infield training. Room, board, and tuition will also be paid by DART during the 7-day classroom training. After successful completion of the program, DART will place graduates into permanent, full-time salaried positions ranging from $30-35,000/year for Associate Organizers + health & benefits.  DART is a 501(c)(3) organization, therefore, employees of the DART Network are eligible for Public Service Loan Forgiveness under the recently enacted College Cost Reduction and Access Act.  For more information on Public Service Loan Forgiveness, visit

The 7-day classroom orientation and 15 week infield training start mid-summer 2011 and run through early fall 2011. Training locations will include placements in several states around the  country.

Although it may be helpful, no direct experience is necessary. Organizer Trainees (OTs) hired to participate in the DART Organizers Institute must demonstrate a desire to pursue community organizing as a long-term professional career. A master’s degree, JD, or equivalent life experience is required prior to July 10, 2011 (exceptions are made for applicants who were nominated by DART Talent Scouts). Also, candidates must display a workmanlike diligence, be driven to produce sustained results, have proven capacity to build relationships of trust, create and execute a plan, act professionally, feel comfortable working with religious institutions, be accountable and willing to hold others accountable, demonstrate disciplined thought and action, and work in a team setting. OTs must also have access to a car during their training and be flexible regarding relocation. Fluency in Spanish/English is a plus and people of color are encouraged to apply.

To find out more about DART or to apply, we encourage you to send your resume to: Hannah Wittmer, DART Network, For questions about the Institute, please call: (785) 841-2680.  To download the application or view profiles of previous OTs, visit the DART website:

**DART Organizers Institute will offer an information session to students interested in becoming community organizers on Monday, Feb. 7, 2011, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.**

Inaugural MATX MIXTAPES! Series presents Art in America Editor

Raphael Rubinstein

RICHMOND, VA- On Monday, December 6, 2010 at
noon, the public is invited to attend a lecture by Raphael
contributing editor for Art in America magazine. Entitled
The Return of the Impossible: Provisionality and Negation in Contemporary
, this lecture is the first in a series presented by the MATX Student
Guild. The lecture will be held in the University Student Commons Theater, 907
Floyd Avenue, and is free and open to the public.

In addition to his position at Art in America magazine,
Rubinstein is a a professor of critical theory at the
University of
, a distinguished critic, and a published
poet.  He has published a number of books, including Critical Mess: Art
Critics on the State of Their Practice
, The Basement of the Cafe
, and Polychrome Profusion: Selected Art Criticism 1990-2002.
His art writing has appeared in  Arts, Art News, Art in
, Flash Art, Artforum and other magazines. From
1997-2007, he was senior editor for Art in America. He has lectured
internationally, curated exhibitions, and received numerous awards, including
the French government’s Chevalier dans l’Order de Arts et des Lettres. 

The Media, Art, & Text Student Guild MIXTAPES! series is an
interdisciplinary series featuring speakers, performers, writers & events -
reflecting the innovation and diversity of VCU’s Media, Art, and Text PhD

For a taste of Raphael Rubinstein’s writing, please visit:

Rubinstein article “Imperturbable Buddha?
Not Likely. Why Gertrude Stein didn’t like this likeness, or likenesses, for
that matter.”

You can also check out his blog “The Sile” @

“The Silo is conceived as a personal, revisionist “dictionary”
of contemporary art. Its primary aims are to challenge existing exclusionary
accounts of art since 1960 and to offer a fresh look at some canonical

Communications / Multimedia Intern/Req #1355; MWV – MeadWestvaco


MWV’s employee communication department plays a
critical role in supporting the delivery of information and strategic
messaging to employees around the world. As part of that delivery
objective, we are working on some really cool intranet projects and we’d
love some help. We’re looking for a creative student who wants to build
cool multimedia stories, hang out with cool people, and work in one of
the coolest offices this side of the James.


•     Provide editing and production support for multimedia projects, like MWV Sound Bytes (our version of Podcasts)
•     Build MWV virtual tour videos
•     Catalog and edit tour audio files
•     Publish images to our image gallery and other multimedia project editing.
•     These
projects will provide the intern with valuable hand-on experience and
portfolio material that will complement current course work and
professional aspirations.


•     Pursuing a undergraduate or graduate degree in Mass Communications, Journalism, Marketing, Multimedia.
•     General
experience with editing and design programs; iMovie, Final Cut Pro,
GarageBand, WavePad Sound Editor, Photoshop, Flash Professional and/or
similar programs.
•     Some journalism or writing experience in
order to edit and develop projects from the state of raw audio/video to a
produced multimedia story for publication on MWV’s global intranet.
•     Available 6-8 hours a week (prefer ability to work all hours in a single day or split between two weekdays.)
•     Length of assignment: 1 semester with possibility of extension.


To be considered for this position, please visit to create a profile and submit your resume. You
will need to have the requisition number readily available to access
this position on our website. The requisition number is 1355BR.


When/ Nov. 19 / 11am – 12:30pm / VCU Student Commons Theater / 907 Floyd Avenue
Topic / Everything You Wanted to Know about Advertising, But Were Afraid to Ask (Brought to you by VCU Brandcenter)
Speaker/ Joshua Bletterman/Creative Director / TBWA\Chiat\Day Los Angeles
Joshua Bletterman has taken a non-traditional route to a traditional ad agency–from journalist to producer to client to creative at magazines, sports brands, interactive and event agencies, and finally as Creative Director at TBWA\Chiat\Day in Los Angeles. He’s grown with mentors and been a mentor, taking copious mental notes every step of the way.
He has had the good fortune of working on some incredible projects with some of the most influential brands on the planet: Sports Illustrated for Kids, adidas International in Amsterdam, Nike, Levi’s, ESPN, and more at R/GA, and Coke, American Express and Budweiser at Momentum.
Josh has recently been blessed with the opportunity to relocate to sunny LA to work with the legendary Lee Clow and Jimmy Smith on dimensionalizing Gatorade – through any and every media necessary.
Descriptor / Joshua will talk about his journey and share some of his insights, but most looks forward to candidly answering the questions you’ve always wanted to ask about the industry.

SUCCESS STORY: Hannah Guthrie

Major: Photography

Graduation Date: December 2009

Company Name/Position Title: Anthropologie at Reston Town Centre, Apparel Department Manager

How the Career Center helped me: Being available!! the Career Center was never far away from my thoughts when I nearing my graduation date. They’re so helpful and kind.

Any insights that you have for current students: The future after you graduate can be a scary thing… I was lucky to have the job that I did, especially right now. Stay flexible, work as hard as you can and prove to your superiors that you are capable of bigger and better responsibilities.. They do pay attention to dedication and hard work!! I also would like to point out that you probably won’t find the dream job right out of college, stressing the FLEXIBLE part.


The VCUarts department of Sculpture + Extended
Media and the VCUarts Anderson Gallery are proud to present:
Co-sponsored with the Anderson
Gallery in concert with the exhibition, The Nameless Hour: Places of Reverie,
Paths of Reflection
lecture: Tuesday, November 16 at
5:00 pm
VCU Student Commons
907 Floyd Ave.
1999 Stephen Cartwright has recorded his exact latitude, longitude and elevation
every hour of every day. Cartwright uses digital and traditional fabrication
techniques to translate his collected data into his sculptural projects. Since
the inception of the Latitude and Longitude recording project Stephen Cartwright
has completed several grand bicycle journeys through North America, Europe and
Asia, totaling more than 20,000 miles. Prolonged observation of his location has
led Cartwright to his recent work investigating the use and alteration of the

1708 Gallery is Seeking Enthusiastic Interns for the Spring! Apply today and begin as early as mid-December.

1708 Gallery offers part-time and full-time non-paid internship
positions for credit and non-credit. Interns receive hands-on

experience and
resume b
uilding skills in all aspects of 1708 Gallery’s operations,

  • installation and de-installation of exhibitions
    and artist relations
  • gallery openings and receptions and event planning
  • educational programs, tours, and gallery sitting
  • fundraising, PR, and marketing
  • non-profit gallery administration

If you’re interested, please
fill out this internship
and email to Jolene
Giandomenico, Gallery Administrator