by Lisa Marie Ryder, Director of The Alabama Folk School
The Alabama Folk School at Camp McDowell started a new internship program designed to introduce young professionals to arts administration within a non-profit camp and conference center work environment. Interns at the Alabama Folk School acquire valuable professional skills during their service period and make contact with potential future employers within and outside of the arts community.
The 2017 intern is Robert A.W. Dunn. Rob graduated from Emory University in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Art in History and minor in Music. He worked for Emory's Center for Digital Scholarship where he digitized sound recordings and scanned books, pamphlets, etc. for historic preservation. Rob has prior experience with concert production, as well as event promotion and graphic design. He is a sacred harp singer and is eager to participate in Camp Fasola at Camp McDowell and shape note singing in Walker County.
The 2017 internship program has been made possible by grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Walker Area Community Foundation.