The Red Poppy Art House is a room on a corner in San Francisco; a space between a myriad of communities, a place for slowness, and the nuanced intermingling of ideas and activities generally categorized as “art.” In this little room, we present a vigorous multi-disciplinary series of 140 performances annually, as well as artist residencies, a professional development track in socially-engaged arts presenting, and a weekly open art forum involving families in our immediate neighborhood. Behind the scenes, we relish in the role of matchmaker, gratuitously seeding new relationships wherever we can, among artists and non-artists, friends and strangers, community members and people without communities, people from near and far, just about anyone that comes through the door. Our desire to serve as a space of multiplicity, not defined by a singular culture or aesthetic, but as a well-spring of socially-engaged art and discourse that invites growth and transformation. If we had to name our dominant aesthetic, we would call it. . . “slow.”

INTERNSHIP I: PR Coordinator & Performance Program Internship:

The Red Poppy Art House is a multidisciplinary art space which hosts a diverse variety of local, national and international artists performing in music and dance, as well as literary and film events. We are currently seeking an enthusiastic individual to serve as the PR Coordinator and Performance Program Intern. The selected candidate will be gain experience in artist coordination, event management, public relations, social media, and sound tech. This is a fantastic opportunity for someone educated in the arts, looking for hands-on experience to build their practical skill set applicable to many different fields. This intern will work closely with the Performance Program Manager.

The intern will assist with the following duties:

  • Performance Program artist research: Review artist inquiries for quality and relevance to the curatorial criteria. Research potential performers outside the Poppy’s network of artists.
  • Artist coordination: Ensure completion of artist agreement, any additional contracts, and gather press materials from artists.
  • Creation of press materials: Develop and submit press release and calendar listings for each performance.
  • Social media outreach and audience cultivation: Utilize Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms to engage new audiences.
  • House stewardship & event management: Set up sound and tech equipment for performances and oversee cleanliness and order of the house. Act in a professional matter as a Poppy representative to audiences and artists.

The ideal candidate:

The ideal candidate has interests in developing skills in event management, music, and public relations.

  • Possesses excellent writing and editing skills.
  • Interested in cultivating community.
  • Is detail-oriented and posses the ability to multi task.
  • Is friendly and comfortable being a welcoming face around the Poppy.
  • Possess the ability to maintain order and calm in a high-paced environment.
  • Interested in becoming a part of a vibrant community of artists, musicians, creative people, and volunteers.

Expectations:

  • 10-14 hours/week with flexibility. At least 8 of the time must be spent working on site at the Poppy. The intern is required to assist with 3 evening performances per month. Training will be provided.
  • The intern is required to attend a weekly team meeting and Professional Development Track session on Wednesday from 9:30am-1:30pm.
  • The intern must be willing to commit to at least 6 months. The position is open immediately. An extension of the internship may be considered if the intern demonstrates sufficient capability to complete the required associated tasks.

This in an unpaid internship.

INTERNSHIP II: Community Engagement & Arts Administration Internship:

We are currently seeking a socially-engaged individual to serve as the Community Engagement & Art Administration Intern. This position offers a unique opportunity to both cultivate strong relationships with community organizations and individuals and develop a robust skill set in art administration. Most of all, working at the Poppy is a transformational experience. Over the years we have developed a work culture based on connectivity and personal growth, one in which you will find yourself immersed in a whole new world of relationships.

The intern will assist with the following duties:

  • Conduct outreach to neighboring residents, organizations and artists to a foster strong community ties.
  • Assess needs of these key members to determine how the RPAH can better serve as a community resource.
  • Redirect outreach strategies where necessary to increase visibility and accessibility of RPAH programs to a wider range of audiences; especially to Spanish-speakers.
  • Assist Artistic Director with coordination of logistical and creative aspects of RPAH programs.
  • Log and track results of audience surveys using Google Docs.
  • House stewardship & event management: Set up sound and tech equipment, oversee participating volunteers, and host audiences and artists during events. Act with professional and welcoming demeanor as Poppy’s representative to guests and artists.

The ideal candidate:

  • Must be fluent in both English and Spanish.
  • Has a strong grasp of both the Red Poppy’s mission and familiarity with the Bay Area non-profit arts sector.
  • Has a track record of working closely with members of San Francisco’s Mission District, ideally within an artistic or social service context.
  • A passion for cultural arts programming and strengthening community participation.
Expectations:

  • 16-20 hours/week with flexibility. At least 12 hours must be spent working on site at the Poppy. The intern is required to assist with 3 evening performances per month as a host, door volunteer or counter volunteer. Training will be provided.
  • The intern is required to attend a weekly team meeting and Professional Development Track session on Wednesday from 9:30am-1:30pm.
  • The intern must be willing to commit to at least 6 months. The position is open immediately. An extension of the internship may be considered if the intern demonstrates sufficient capability to complete the required associated tasks.

This in an unpaid internship.

INTERNSHIP III: Social Media Internship:

The Red Poppy Art House seeks a creative and inventive individual to serve as the Social Media Intern. This individual will work closely with the other members of the PR team and especially the Performance Program Manager. 
The intern will assist with the following duties:
  • Develop content for Facebook, Twitter, Hootsuite, the RPAH blog and other social media platforms to engage and grow new audiences.
  • Research and experiment with different social media platforms to discover which best highlight the Red Poppy’s diverse programs.
  • Leverage creative strategies and analytics for increasing visibility and accessibility of RPAH programs to a wider range of audiences.
  • Communicate the Red Poppy’s mission and programs clearly through varied social media channels.
  • Post upcoming events regularly to online calendar listings.
The ideal candidate: 
  • Has excellent writing and editing skills and familiarity with a wide range of social media tools.
  • Keen attention to detail when proofreading, copyediting, and fact-checking.
  • Knowledge of digital media marketing strategies.
Expectations:

  • 10-14 hours/week with flexibility. At least 8 hours must be spent working on site at the Poppy. The intern is required to assist with 3 evening performances per month as a host, door volunteer or counter volunteer. Training will be provided.
  • The intern is required to attend a weekly team meeting and Professional Development Track session on Wednesday from 9:30am-1:30pm
  • The intern must be willing to commit to at least 6 months. The position is open immediately. An extension of the internship may be considered if the intern demonstrates sufficient capability to complete the required associated tasks.

This in an unpaid internship.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please send a resume, cover letter and your availability to info@redpoppyarthouse.org. Include the title of the internship you’re applying to in the subject line of the email.