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Arts Administration Interns


The brand new Arts Administration Internship Program at Side Street Studio Arts will provide hands-on immersion in the daily operations of a growing arts organization in downtown Elgin. Interns will work closely with SSSA staff to have a rare opportunity to be immersed in many types of projects and work experiences, including event production, arts education, non-profit business management, and much more. These positions are best suited for those interested in exploring arts education, gallery management, performance/exhibition production, arts administration, or nonprofit management careers. Interns will work both on and off-site for a minimum of 10 hours a week for 6 to 12 months,. This internship is flexible and can be scheduled to accommodate other commitments and varying time frames. A $500-$1000 stipend is provided, as well as additional opportunities to earn money through teaching and/or other arts exhibitions and performance opportunities. 


Interested individuals should email the following to

  • cover letter;

  • resume;

  • references;

  • visual or performance work samples, if applicable; 

  • and teaching history, if applicable. 


Our Summer Artist Intern Applications Are Now Closed.

Stay tuned for the announcement for the Summer 2022 session.


This 10-hour/week professional practice program is designed to find and explore different entrepreneurship and artistic methods. Interns create CVs, biographies, exhibit/production proposals, artist statements/personal narratives, and statements of purpose, learning the unique content and purposes of each. An exhibition or production will be created from an ongoing archive of the artist’s work. With the guidance of Side Street Studio Arts’ Directors, artists will explore best practices for managing, editing, and installing work.

Artist-Internships are open to artists of all mediums and are highly individualized to ensure that each artist grows in the skills necessary for their particular practice and future goals.


Artist Educators

We are looking for artist educators to teach in our in-house Small Wonders programming, as well as our Community Moves programming in area organizations and public schools. We need visual artists, proficient in a variety of mediums and performing artists, with foci dance, music, and theater for young performers. 


To apply, please submit the following HERE:

• Resume/CV, with link to website if applicable

• Cover Letter

• Work samples (maximum of 3)



Questions can be sent HERE.

Art Mentorship Program

Side Street Studio Arts is launching a new Art Mentorship program this year to focus on one-on-one artistic development between a young artist and a local artist. We will select high school students who would like to expand their creative mindset. To apply, each student must have a project in mind that they would like to work on with a mentor.

This could be a past project, one that is still in progress, or a brand new project. Side Street will then pair each student with an artist that best fits their aesthetic, media, and creative process.This program is free and available for 10th - 12th grade students who have a passion for art. The Mentorship program will take place the week of March 27-31 during U46's spring break. Each student will have the opportunity to meet at Side Street and work with their mentor for up to 5 hours each day. Submissions are due February 1st at 11:59 pm.If you have any questions please email Director of Education and Inclusion Ivette De Santiago at


Parental permission required to attend the program if under 18 years of age
Programa de tutoría de arte de Side Street para estudiantes de secundaria Side Street Studio Arts está lanzando un programa nuevo Tutoría de arte este año para enfocarse en el desarrollo artístico individual entre un artista joven y un artista local. Elegiremos a estudiantes de secundaria a quienes les gustaría expandir su mentalidad creativa.Para aplicar, cada estudiante debe tener un proyecto en mente en el que le gustaría trabajar con un mentor.

Este podría ser un proyecto anterior, uno que aún está en progreso o un proyecto nuevo. Side Street luego emparejará a cada estudiante con un artista que mejor se adapte a su estética, medios y proceso creativo.Este programa es gratuito y está disponible para estudiantes de los grados 11 y 12 que tengan pasión por el arte. El programa de tutoría se llevará a cabo la semana del 27 al 31 de marzo durante las vacaciones de primavera de U46. Cada estudiante tendrá la oportunidad de reunirse en Side Street y trabajar con su mentor hasta 5 horas cada día.Las applicaciones sieran el 1 de febrero a las 11:59 p.m.Si tiene alguna pregunta, envíe un correo electrónico ala Directora de Educación e Inclusión a Ivette De Santiago a


Se requiere permiso de los padres para asistir al programa si es menor de 18 años.

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To apply for the Artist Residency, please send the following materials to with the subject line "Artist-in-Residence Application":



• Resume/CV, with link to your website if applicable

• Artist statement

• Brief statement (one page or less) describing your artistic practice, reasons for applying for the residency, and what you would like to achieve

• Work samples:

  • Visual Art: 8-12 digital files or links to works   

  • Performance/Media/Music: 10-minute sample work (link or DVD/CD)   

  • Written Word: 10-page sample work (link or hard copy)  


Applications should be emailed as PDF and digital files, or mailed in one package to:

Side Street Studio Arts

PO BOX 1264

Elgin, IL


You can find out more information about what the Artist-In-Residence role entails by reading this document:

Volunteer at SSSA


Interested in volunteering with us? Great! Please fill out the application below and follow the guidelines.

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