Creative Pathways promotes creative careers to current students through a programme of talks and events, featuring speakers from the arts and creative industries.
The programme also offers 21 internship opportunities over 3 years to recent graduates, working at arts organisations across Nottingham for 6 months, including at Dance4. The internships are only open to those who have come through a widening participation route into University, thus helping those graduates overcome obstacles and support diversification and graduate retention in the creative industries sector.
Our first intern on the scheme, Grace Williams, who completed her internship in April 2020 wrote a blog for us, to share her experiences of being on the programme. Interviews for the next intern, expected to start in January 2021 will be held during Autumn 2020.
Blog by Grace Williams, Creative Pathways intern at Dance4, October 2019 to April 2020
When I began working at Dance4 I hit the ground running assisting with their biennial festival, Nottdance. There is simply no better way to get to know a team than jumping in a week before an international dance festival. My most notable task during these first few weeks was to source a large log to be used in Luke George’s collaboration with the Centre for Advanced Training students. If anybody needs a log in the future, feel free to get in touch – I know all of the right people.
As somebody with a background in theatre, I wasn’t sure what to expect when I was lucky enough to be selected as the Dance4 intern. However, with the frequent tea and cake afternoons to welcome artists and celebrate birthdays I was quickly made to feel part of the team, and settled into my regular duties. These included writing the team minutes, putting together the monthly newsletter, assisting Ruthba with social media and doing administration for Dance4’s youth programmes.
During my time at Dance4 I have been given the opportunity to learn how to use box office systems, finance systems and how to edit the website. Working in a close-knit team I could see every aspect of the organisation and was given the opportunity to learn from each member of staff and gain experience from them, from production to building management. I also learned that having a keen eye for grammar is highly respected in the workplace.
One of the most enjoyable parts of the job was running Dance4’s social media at the U.Dance in the East Midlands events. Armed with a foolproof instruction booklet I went to the events to do Instagram takeovers and assist in the running of the day. I got to meet lots of amazing young people and see the talent that the East Midlands has to offer, as well as working with the organisers of each of the events, gaining contacts and getting to know the region’s artistic sector in more depth.
Alongside working within Dance4, being a part of Creative Pathways gave each of the interns an insight into all other organisations with monthly meet-ups planned by each of us in turn, giving us all the chance to experience working in the other partner organisations. With the Creative Academy evenings we were able to gain insight into other creative careers and network with professionals.
My final month at Dance4 was spent working remotely from my parents’ house, yet with a team like this I still felt connected and cared for the whole time. I cannot wait to go back to the office when it reopens armed with cake to show in some small way what this organisation, and the people in it, mean to me.