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The Ruby is a catalyst for creativity and a new home for making art at Duke University.

Creative Arts Student Teams

Help us grow a culture for art at Duke and gain professional experience and behind-the-scenes access to the Rubenstein Arts Center!

This work opportunity serves the Ruby and arts initiatives across campus in way that empowers individual CASTs to “own” their projects, provides meaningful professional development opportunities in arts administration, and fosters a sense of community among the CAST class.

Perks and Requirements

All CASTs will serve on an informal student steering committee for the Ruby and the Duke Arts initiative. In addition to the roles below, CASTs may be called on to support special arts center programs, or participate in other opportunities to build awareness about the arts at Duke.

Commitment, Pay and Compensation

CAST members commit between 20 and 30 hours a semester, and schedules will vary between positions. In exchange for a semester-long commitment, CAST members are hired by the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts (Duke Arts) and paid hourly ($10.00/hour). Commitment to both fall and spring semesters is preferred, if possible. Participation in CASTs may meet the internship requirements for the Museum Theory and Practice Concentration in AAHVS as well as Experiential Learning requirements in the I&E Certificate.

For questions about the CASTs program, please contact Bill Fick.

CAST Roles

Content Creator

You will help increase awareness of the arts at Duke by interviewing students, visiting artists, faculty members, staff, etc. about their role in the arts on campus, their careers, and more. You will poll your fellow students to “pitch” candidates for Q&A interviews, schedule interviews, take a portrait, and edit a transcript for final publication on and You may also work with the social media CAST team to ensure the interviews get posted on social.

Social Media Ambassador

Duke Arts has a robust social media family! There is @DukeArts IG, Facebook, and Twitter, @artstigators IG, Facebook, and Twitter, @DEMAN Facebook, and @muraldurham IG, Facebook, and Twitter. Using our social media goals and guidelines as your roadmap, you will be responsible for posting to these channels on a regular basis, and brainstorming ways to grow followers/engage with Duke and arts/culture social media influencers. You will also be responsible for monthly “artstigator takeovers,” where you will highlight a local artist for a week on social media.

DEMAN Program Assistant

Availability requirement: Must be available to help during DEMAN weekend, Nov 1-2, 2019.

As the Duke Entertainment, Media, and Arts Network (DEMAN) Program Assistant, you will help with logistics and marketing for year-long events, including DEMAN & Donuts and Guac & Talk (weekdays, evenings, on campus). You will also help coordinate and gather marketing information for the industry sessions for DEMAN Weekend 2019 (Nov 1-2) in the Ruby. You will also help grow the StudioDuke program by assisting in recruiting students and marketing strategy.

Ruby Tour Guide

Ruby tour guides are responsible for leading 30 minutes guided tours of the Ruby as requested (usually about 5 times a semester and during DEMAN Weekend). Tour guides will memorize a walk-through script and be well-versed in answering questions about the arts at Duke.

Ruby Friday Ambassador

Availability requirement: Ideally you are available for Ruby Fridays (free arts talk and lunch, 12-1pm).  Please tell us your availability on Fridays when you apply.

You will help us market the Ruby Friday series and help with on-site set up on Fridays; you will also have the opportunity to help introduce guest speakers, assist with the question and answer session following the talk, and document the series (especially as an Instagram story). You will assist with marketing Ruby Fridays to student groups.

Gallery and Arts Project Assistant

You are our hands-on assistant in transitioning the Ruby gallery, painting studio, and/or multipurpose rooms between exhibitions and residencies. You will also help with set-up for visual arts related events (openings, etc.), and provide assistance with installing exhibits or other arts projects. You will be the lead liaison in communicating with the organizer and hanging student exhibits in the Ruby Lounge.

Website and Public Art Assistant, Mural Durham

Fall 2019 (with possibility to renew for Spring 2020)
Working in coordination with Duke Arts and the City of Durham’s Cultural and Public Arts Program, this position provides writing, research, and web support for Mural Durham. Mural Durham is a local partnership that documents and promotes public art through its digital archive, bike tours, events, and more. Upcoming projects for Fall 2019 include: updating the online archive with new public artwork; assisting with the design and online publishing of resources such as a public artist directory and mural commission tip sheets; and researching best practices for maintenance and community-based artist practices. Experience and/or interest in public policy, the arts, community development, and website maintenance (Squarespace) is required. Availability to join the monthly Public Art Committee meetings (third Wednesday of the month, 8:30 am, at the General Services Department located at 2011 Fay Street) is preferred.

Arts & Science (STEAM) Assistant

Fall 2019 (with possibility to renew for Spring 2020)
STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) is an interdisciplinary endeavor combining the arts with the sciences to build our understanding of the world around us. At Duke, we have a lot of STEAM taking place across our diverse initiatives, centers, and programs, we are seeking to hire a CAST to help build connections and tell this story. As the STEAM CAST member, your main role is to help bring these worlds together by providing the student perspective and voice for STEAM activities on campus and facilitating interaction between the scientific and artistic communities at Duke. You would be working closely with Dr. Ariana Eily from the Duke Initiative for Science and Society and collaborating with the STEAM intellectual community planning grant. Part of this would be in attending the meetings of the STEAM group and helping with the STEAM forum being held at the Ruby on Sep 18 (1-4pm). You will also talk to students on campus about STEAM and what they hope to see/are already involved in, making connections to grow the STEAM mission at Duke. You will also have the opportunity to assist Duke Arts and the Ruby with projects and goals associated with STEAM, including student and/or faculty profiles. Demonstrated interest in the intersection between arts and science preferred.

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