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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!

Apply by Friday, August 31, to be a Fall 2018 CAST.

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 will be funded with $2,000 a year to plan two events: 1) a casual Ruby student staff (CASTs, GAs, undergraduate work study students) welcome party in the fall and 2) an arts event pitched, organized, and promoted by CASTs at the Ruby in the spring semester (we recommend you start planning this in the fall!). In addition to the roles below, all CASTs may be called on to support special arts center programs, or 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 or application, please contact Bill Fick.

Annie Kornack poses with Nina Chanel Abney in front of new work.
Apply to be a CAST today
We are accepting CAST applications through Friday, August 31. The application requires you to state your first and second position choices, describe your arts experience and/or interest in a short statement, and provide a faculty reference.

Fall 2018–Spring 2019 CAST Vacancies

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. Reports to: Katy Clune, Arts Communications Specialist

Social Media Ambassador

Duke Arts has a robust social media family! There is @DukeArts IG, Facebook, and Twitter, @mural_durham IG and Facebook, @artstigators IG, Facebook, and Twitter, and @DEMAN Facebook. 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. Reports to: Katy Clune, Arts Communications Specialist.

Mural Durham

Help us revamp the Mural Durham website! Don’t worry, you just need to know your way around Squarespace. We are seeking someone to take an inventory of the current site structure and work with us and our Mural Durham partners to decide on and implement a new site structure. Having tweaked the site, you will upload ready-to-go content documenting Mural Durham: Satellite Park. You may also work with the social media CAST to update @mural_durham social accounts. Reports to: Katy Clune, Arts Communications Specialist

DEMAN Program Assistant

Availability requirement: Must be available to help during DEMAN weekend, Nov 2-3.

You will assist with logistics and marketing for year-long DEMAN 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 2018 (Nov 2-3) in the Ruby. You will also help grow the Studio Duke program by assisting in recruiting students and marketing strategy.Reports to: Amy Unell, Director, Arts Engagement and Partnerships.

Ruby Ambassador

Availability requirement: Ideally you are available for one or both of the following weekly programs: Ruby Tuesdays (free coffee in the Ruby Lounge, 2-5pm) or Ruby Fridays (free arts talk and lunch, 12-1:30pm).  Please tell us your availability on Tuesdays and Fridays when you apply.

We’re trying something new this year: recurring, 30-minute Ruby tours at the same day and time each week (that suits your class schedule). In addition to leading one public tour a week, you will be our student manager for recurring Ruby programs by the Office of the Vice Provost of the Arts. We are launching a new program inviting arts professionals from on- and off-campus to talk about their work, their career, and more over (free) lunch. You will help us market the series through collaborating with other CASTs, and if available on Fridays, you can help with on-site set up on Fridays, and 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. Reports to: Bill Fick, Assistant Director for Visual and Studio Arts, Rubenstein Arts Center.


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