Intern with Friends of Brunel Park: The Emile Brunel Studio and Sculpture Garden

This opportunity is available during Summer 2022. This opportunity can be conducted virtually and is only available for CEL credit.

Brunel Park, which houses the Brunel Sculpture Garden, is a community-based education and cultural center, committed to celebrating, supporting, and preserving the tangible and intangible cultural assets and practices of the Native American people of our region, native gardens and horticulture, and the photographic, literary, and visual arts. We are stewards for 14 century-old concrete figurative statuary and totem poles that are the foundation of this iconic, national landmark historic property that were conceived and constructed by Emile Brunel between 1929 and 1939.

Location: Junction of Route 28 & Desilva Road, Boiceville, NY 12412

Description:

One intern would complete both roles. Each position is 4 weeks long.

1. Historical Research/Archival Assistance

  • Avid researcher to delve into archival research about Emile Brunel, Le Chalet Indien, and Brunel Park. Specifically, we are looking for information about:
    • The students who attended the Emile Brunel School of Photography in the mid 1910s through 1930s, who later went on to have successful careers in photography. One example is Maurice Tabard . Tabard was one of the leading photographers of the Surrealist movement, which he entered under the influence of his friend, American photographer Man Ray. https://www.moma.org/artists/5769 Tabard studied under Emile Brunel. We want to uncover other notable photographers and find direct references and proof of their connections to the Emile Brunel School of Photography.
  • We have copies of a number of historic articles printed in the Daily Freeman in the 1930s. Conduct research to find other free on-line historical articles about Emile Brunel and Le Chalet Indien. Turn these articles into posters to be installed on the grounds.
  • Curate and select materials from the Brunel Park Archives to be digitized and incorporated into the Town of Olive Library archives.
  • Find information (primary and secondary resources) and documentation about additional visitors to Le Chalet Indien from 1930 to 1960. We have source documentation that Harold Prince, Jimm and Max Ernst, Frederick Kiesler visited here.

2. Social Media Manager

  • Manage the Friends of Brunel Park’s social media platforms. Craft creative and imaginative posts for our IG and FB accounts. Post and promote our spring and summer program of activities through social media and on the website.
  • Develop a new Program Page for the FoBP website – Indigenous Teaching, Visual Arts, Performing arts pages.
  • Update the website with the new information, confirm the accuracy of what is there and make changes as necessary.

Desired Skills:

  • Social media expertise
  • Content development and website management
  • Extensive historic/archival research
  • Graphic design skills (banners, posters, signs, layout)

Additional Requirements:

  • If the work is conducted in person, a negative COVID test or proof of vaccination would be appreciated.

Hours:  Wednesday 12-3 and Thursday 12 -3 between May 15th and August 15th 2022; however, this can alter based on the student’s schedule.

To Apply:  Please email a statement of interest and your resume to OCELapplication@Vassar.edu

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