ArtBound Initiative

ArtBound Initiative

About

ArtBound Initiative is dedicated to emerging creative professionals. Our mission is to encourage connections between participants, industry leaders and global companies. Strengthened by our network of over 200 companies, ABI provides the opportunity for personalized work experiences in highly insular industries. Placements are currently available in New York, Berlin, Melbourne, Sydney and Hong Kong.

Reviews

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Justyna
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I have joined the programme in January 2020 and have been a part of the great experience ever since. The ArtBound Initiative has helped me flourish during the most uncertain times. I had an opportunity to intern online for Amey Studio in Paris and secure a part-time position after. In between, I was involved in the Revista de Milenio magazine. During both of the internships, I have learned how to e-communicate and work with industry professionals and how to present my skills.
The ArtBound Initiative has been with me through all my journey, starting with the build-up of my portfolio and answering any questions I had about my intern. The network has not only gave me professional confidence but also great support and help.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
My advice would be to always ask questions and stay excited ;)
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Kiah
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

ABI was the best career decision I ever made. It allowed me to move to a country (In the middle of a pandemic), complete an internship in an high-end creative agency which I have gained employment in and learn valuable skills that I will carry for the rest of my work life. The team are so friendly and nurturing and give you the confidence to succeed in you internship as well carry on your future career. You also become a part of global and local network that has been so useful during the lockdowns and for meeting new people in a new city. And the global network to further your career and have contacts in the fast changing remote working landscape. Overall ABI has really changed my prospects, the course along with the team really helps you kickstart your career within a global community, whether its a 3 month internship in summer between university years or a post-grad internship that turns into a job!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Give it your all, and trust the process. I have many set backs at the begin due to the pandemic however ABI guided me through this seamlessly and I ended up in the best place for me in the end. I have meet many amazing people through the programme and because of the programme and have stayed past my original plan as I love Berlin so much!
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Drew Allison
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Through consistent support and the network of ABI, I got to experience my dream of living in New York City! They helped provide internship placement, visa support, and provided housing! I gained industry experience and learned a lot about my own skills and what the industry expects from fresh graduates. I've met friends that are going to be part of my life forever. I've always dreamt of living in New York City and working for a creative company, ABI helped me achieve this dream! I felt supported and I feel like I can connect with all other alumni in the ABI network!

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Jason
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I had the opportunity to do an internship with HUSET furniture in Melbourne, through the ABI program.

The ABI team was there to help me in every step of the way, from identifying what kind of internship suits you, to preparing for interviews and preparing to start the actual internship itself. It really helped me be in the correct frame of mind and helped me focus

The program is not just for you to find an internship but also provides you a network of like-minded creatives. For example, the ABI team regularly schedules fun casual meet ups so you can meet with other creatives and makes friends wherever you are.

My internship with HUSET was a success. I was able to learn a lot as a professional, as well as build my technical skills. My role as a 3D product visualization specialist involves me modelling and rendering products in 3D software to create images for the company website. The fact that some of my images has been used on the company website is very satisfying!

I recommend the ABI program if you want to do an internship overseas as they really take care of you in terms of travelling, housing and connecting you with the right people. They also provide you with the necessary skills to thrive wherever you go.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
The network connections you make is very valuable because you never know what doors it might open for you!
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Tash
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Being based in Brisbane and due to covid I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to find any internships, however I was able to complete a remote internship, with a firm based in Melbourne, and I learnt a lot and got to engage with an architectural practice and learn how to manage it all while working remotely. I really wanted to travel and work with an architectural firm in New York but due to travel and border restrictions I needed to find a local firm and needed help to be prepared for the internship, I was able to gain a lot of online training prior to commencing my internship

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
Receiving and reacting to criticism and how to take it on positively to improve my work instead of losing control of my work

Programs

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Elena Kay Herren

Why did you choose this program?

I'm enrolled at the Art Academy of Cincinnati to earn my BFA. I chose ArtBound Initiative because a few people from my school had gone through them and had really good experiences. I was also considering another Study Abroad program, but chose ArtBound Initiative because I decided I wanted to spend my summer working towards being an artist than just as a student.

ArtBound Initiative, as the name suggests, is a program centered around the arts and works to connect young and emerging artists into the creative fields which are generally very insular. I felt that this program would allow me to access opportunities I would have difficulty finding otherwise.

I chose to go through the 8-week New York program ArtBound Initiative offers, because at the time that I was applying, I hadn't been in school long enough to be eligible for the Berlin or Hong Kong programs they offer. I really wanted to go through and have this experience so I went to New York for the summer. ArtBound Initiatives offers an 8-week and 12-week internships. I chose to be in New York for eight weeks due to familial concerns, but upon reflection, I would highly recommend going for the full 12 weeks.

What did your program provider (or university) assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

My university had directed me to ArtBound Initiative and provided me with information concerning how to earn college credit over the time I was to spend in the program.

The ArtBound Initiative representatives were very hands-on in helping me organize the portfolio and resumé that I was to submit to them and that they would then be passing on to my potential internship placements. ArtBound Initiative also provided counseling sessions that helped narrow down what kind of internship I was going to have. These sessions enabled me to realize that I wanted to work with a studio artist with them in their studio.

ArtBound Initiative offers many different internship placements so I felt that the counseling sessions were very helpful. Through them, we were able to customize the experience to what I wanted and thought was best for me. ArtBound connected me with two studio artists who I was going to be working with, giving me their contact information. I contacted the artists, discussing the logistics of the internship, and then debriefed ArtBound about what was decided.

ArtBound Initiative also assisted me in finding housing for the summer. The representative sent me a few listings of apartments that were available near where my internship sites were, and I went through them and decided what would work best for me and my budget.

I went through the New York program and thought about how to get there as well as how I was going to get around the city during my stay, and how I was going to eat. Because I'm from Ohio, I drove into the city with a family member who helped me move into my apartment and then left.

For me, the process of traveling to and from the city was relatively painless. The day after I arrived in the city, I met with an ArtBound Initiative representative who debriefed me on New York City life in general and some of the events that they were organizing throughout the summer.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

Have a good idea of what you want to get out of your internship, but also feel free to go and explore everything that's going on in the city you are in. Going for 12 weeks gives you more time to really get involved with your internship and the city.

I spent the first two to three weeks in New York getting used to the pace of the city and the artists I was working with. After that, I was able to have a lot of fun and find some really interesting things and meet some really great people.

Also, don't be afraid. Go full boar, jumping straight into the thick of things, and see what happens. For me, this meant trying to go to gallery openings every night there was one, and talking to the people there, or going to an event and stay after things start to wind down a bit just to see what happens next.

Part of not being afraid is going and getting lost in the city (which I did multiple times). Getting lost is honestly the best thing you can do because it’s during these times I found the most interesting things and learned the most about the city. I remember one time, I got lost to the point of tears, but I did find my way back and was surprised by the general goodwill of people.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

The average day/week looks different for every participant. My days/weeks involved a combination of studio work (like preparing canvas, mixing paints, and taping off edges), administrative work (organizing project files, sending out emails, organizing contact information, and researching grant and residency opportunities), along with doing some legwork and trying to find new clients and galleries for the artists I was working with. This is what I did, but a friend I made in the ArtBound program had a different experience with what she was doing because she took an internship that was more involved on the arts administration side of things.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

My biggest fear in life is heights, so I didn't wander over to the edges of roofs on tall buildings and look over the side.

Kidding aside, going into the internship, I was afraid of having to talk to people I didn't know and going to work with the artists I was placed with in their studios. An artist’s studio is a personal place where an artist formulates his/her ideas. Walking into a studio is like walking into someone else's mind, and that's a hard thing for me to do because I don't know if I'm welcomed there or not, and I wanted to be an asset to the artists, not an impediment.

Part of me overcoming my fear of being a nuisance was just jumping right in and getting the work done that I was assigned to do and trying to stay busy so that things ran smoothly and progress was made. I tried my best, and I think it worked out alright because the artists and I got along.

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Ena - Meghan Lefeber

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Program Advisor
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Bio

After Studying Graphic Design and Communication Design at Suffolk Community College and Glasgow School of Art, Ena began her Berlin internship through ArtBound Initiative in January 2018. Upon completing her internship with the gallery, Bernheimer Contemporary, she has decided to make Berlin a more permanent home. Ena has now become involved in ArtBound Initiative as a Program Advisor, introducing the program to incoming participants.

What is your favorite travel memory?

One of my favorite travel memories was studying Water color painting in Thailand. My old teacher was a retired professional Thai Dancer and he taught me to paint through movements and rhythm in a way I had never learned before. He combined smiling and laughter and integrated them flawless with craftsmanship and seriousness.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

My personal and professional growth since I began working for ArtBound Initiative has been leaps and Bounds. We are a close nit team, even though we are spread across the world. The founder inspires confidence in all of us and goes out of her way to connect with us. I found that since I have joined ABI I am more focused, more dedicated and more passionate about the work i do then I have been in a long time This is because of the great services we provide our participants and the hard work of the team.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

I am still new to the team, so I do not have a story yet from a return student, but I do have a favorite memory of the current participants. A great part of ABI is that we will all meet up occasionally for dinner and more. One day we all got together for a light dinner and then went to an outdoor movie together. We were able to discuss the cinematography as well as all the different artist techniques and plot falls while laughing over popcorn. It was both informative and fun for all of us.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

For this question its not if I could... because I already have. Just before I became the program Advisor, I was placed in an internship in Berlin through ArtBound Initiatives Berlin program. It was exciting to experience another art capital first hand as a local. ArtBound initiative made that happen for me and made my transition into Berlin's Art-scene and lifestyle seamless.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

The support you get from the company is genuine. What makes this company unique is their dedication to their participants. The founder is active and supportive with every participant and employee. We purposely keep our numbers small so we can guarantee that each participant gets the time, resources, and support they deserve to launch their career. And we continue to support and connect them after they are finished with the program.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

Our dedication and our Global reach is one of the biggest factors to our success as a company. I have mentioned our dedication to our participants in a previous question but we are also dedicated to maintaining strong connections with the companies we pair our students with. We are always looking for and connecting with top tier companies and actively maintaining our connections, for our current and potential participants. Day in and day out, country by country we do the leg work, to insure their success.