RiseUP Launches Creative Leadership Internship Program

RiseUP is launching an innovative, Public Art Internship Program with a goal to bring beautiful public art to the streets of Connecticut while developing the next generation of creatives and artists. The Creative Leadership Internship Program (CHIP) is being launched in February 2022 in Manchester and Stamford, CT.


The internship will offer high school youth a hands-on experience to learn and participate in a large-scale public art project in their respective cities. Interns will learn from some of Connecticut's most experienced, professional mural artists and have opportunities to create create their own artwork, digitally or by-hand. Each internship will host 10-20 youth and last 10-weeks.


At the end of the internship:

  • Youth will have completed a large scale public art mural

  • Gained valuable workforce readiness skills

  • Learned more about the creative economy

  • Networked with talented professional artists

  • Created their own artwork for inclusion in our End-of-Internship Gallery exhibition and to sell.

Each mural project will be unique to their community and developed with input from the surrounding area and stakeholders.


In Manchester, the internship is led by artists Emida Roller and Julie Bergeron in partnership with Manchester's Department of Leisure, Family, and Recreation and Capital Workforce Partners.

The Stamford internship program is led by artist Alissa Siegal and is in partnership with Boys and Girls Club Stamford and funded by the Fairfield County Community Foundation.


Both mural internships will be launching in February 2022 and we expect the murals to be revealed by May 2022.

More than just an internship, the youth will also receive valuable mentorship from our team of artists that include: Deka Henry, Andre Rochester, Ben Keller, Chris Gann, Lauren Clayton, Anabel Siegal, Alex Ranniello, Tiyah Thompson, and Jaii Marc Renee.




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