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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

Be a part of Duke’s newest professional development opportunity for arts-interested students, and receive behind-the-scenes access to Rubenstein Arts Center!

Creative Arts Student Teams (CASTs) provide support for special arts projects at the Ruby, including visiting artist residencies, major arts center programs, workshops and installations, DukeCreate workshops, community initiatives, and more. Duties include providing logistical support, escorting visiting artists, assisting with documenting arts center programs, serving as social media ambassadors, and more. This is a professional development opportunity with direct relevance to careers in arts management, marketing, educational programming, special events, and non-profits.

Core CASTs members commit between 20 and 30 hours a semester.

In exchange for a semester-long commitment, core CAST members are hired by the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts (Duke Arts) and paid hourly ($10.25/hour). Your schedule can be worked out with your supervisor, but in general, you commit to supporting key dates for the semester ahead (outlined for Spring 2018 below) in addition to other on-call needs.

Volunteer CASTs members commit to support a specific event.

If you cannot commit to the semester, but want to support a specific arts center program, you can join the CASTs on a more flexible, volunteer basis. To participate, you must still submit an application to be added to the CAST volunteer list.

The commitment per week will vary according to the program schedule at the Ruby, but upcoming key dates include:

  • Ruby Grand Opening (Feb 3, 1–4 PM)
  • Ruby Donor Gala Celebration (Feb 23, 6:30–9 PM)
  • Nina Chanel Abney Residency (Feb 19 – Mar 6, Mar 21 – Apr 16)
  • Hip Hop & Art Panel feat. Nina Chanel Abney (date TBA)
  • Reunions Weekend Tours (Apr 14, 2–4 PM)
  • Project: Art and Social Practice Lab
  • Project: Installation by Raquel Salvatella De Prada
  • Hoof ‘n’ Horn spring musical, Chicago
  • Hip Hop Production (AAAS 325S.01/Ninth Wonder) music showcase
  • Ongoing DukeCreate support

In addition to these key dates, CASTs will be on-call to assist with other arts center needs. The Ruby team will attempt to match opportunities with CAST member interests.

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 or application, please contact Bill Fick.

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Applications accepted on a rolling basis. While the inaugural CAST cohort for Spring 2018 has been selected, we welcome new CAST members at any point in the semester.

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