CAMINOS is an immersive paid fellowship empowering Austin-area Teens to carve their own path in the creative arts. For a period of 18 months Students will be actively engaged in the various elements of our program which include working with ESB-MACC professionals on-site, 1-on-1 artist mentorships, assignments with community organizations and participation at relevant workshops and cultural events. This process concludes with the execution of Student-led collaborative projects under the guidance of accomplished creative professionals.
Keeping that in mind, it is important for the ideal candidate to be passionate and curious about pursuing a career in the creative fields (fine arts, audiovisual arts, media, tech, etc). It is also important that the Student demonstrates interest in Latinx social/cultural issues, be trustworthy and more importantly, motivated to explore their growing potential as a vibrant member of our community.
By the time students graduate from our program they will have accumulated valuable working experience at our state-of-the-art facility while developing authentic relationships with a roster of outstanding creative professionals.
The CAMINOS’ Process:
Students undertake an application process which includes:
Filling out a Student Application
Submitting 2 written recommendations (at least one from a Teacher)
Attending a panel interview
Applicants should be High School Students who are interested in pursuing a career in the creative industries while exploring Latino/a cultural issues.
Paid Internships & Job Experience
Students become paid interns at the ESB-MACC and get to work with outstanding professionals in areas that are relevant to their career path. They will work for 6-8 weekly hours on average earning about $13.50 per hour. Both interns and professionals will undergo an orientation process and receive guidance from the program coordinator along the way in order to ensure that the internships are both meaningful and productive for all parties involved.
Having a strong collection of works is essential for any creative professional to move forward in their career. That is why we will be offering portfolio guidance and support so Students can graduate from our program with robust work samples ready to be shared with universities, prospective clients and employers alike.
Students will participate in a series of creative projects alongside accomplished artists which will focus on the promotion and preservation of Latin American culture in our communities. Types of projects include the creation of a graphic novel from A to Z; the making of a Mural, the production and branding of a Latinx Blog/Podcast, collaborations with local filmmakers, musicians and more!
In order for us to improve at our craft there should be an exchange of techniques and ideas with others in our field. When young creatives are able to have this exchange with accomplished artists as mentors, the possibilities for rapid and meaningful growth often become a reality. Our Artist Mentorships are designed to benefit both parties by facilitating productive discourse with the aim of providing meaningful hands-on activities for the Student while the Artist benefits from the added energy, enthusiasm and extra help.
Ready to apply? Applications for the 2018 season will be available in the upcoming Fall!
Austin Film School mentor and panelist Angeles Gallegos and CAMINOS program coordinator Frederico Geib.