Bloomberg Arts Internship

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Photo Source: Bloomberg Philanthropies

Organization: Bloomberg Philanthropies


About the Project:

 In 2018, Bloomberg Philanthropies engaged WolfBrown as the evaluator of its Bloomberg Arts Internship (BAI) program. Now operating in New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Boston, BAI places rising high school seniors into paid summer internships at cultural institutions in their city and supplements this work experience with a college and career preparation curriculum. 

WolfBrown designed a comprehensive mixed-methods evaluation to identify both the short- and long-term effects of program participation. Short-term effects are measured using a randomized control design featuring quantitative measures, student work samples, and program observations and interviews. A longitudinal component follows alumni of the program to see what impacts persist in their educational, professional, and cultural lives. Additionally, WolfBrown facilitates peer-to-peer learning between cities to transform local innovations into national approaches.

In face of the growing recognition that arts and cultural institutions owe their communities programming which prioritizes inclusion and belonging, the BAI program encourages cultural institutions to engage with diverse youth, staff, and audiences. In that work, nothing is more important than opening doors and providing pathways to the next generation of cultural consumers, producers, and administrators. 

What We're Learning:

As of the Fall of 2020, when compared with their peers from other urban high schools in their cities, students who completed the BAI program were 29% more likely to enroll in college, 36% more likely to enroll in a four-year college, and 10% more likely to continue into their second year of college. Additionally, nearly one in four BAI participants move on to major in the visual or performing arts. Nationally, this figure only comes in around one in twenty-five students. Essentially, there is promising evidence that exposure to pre-professional experiences in the arts has the potential to inspire students to pursue the arts academically and, potentially, professionally.

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