INITIATIVE 01

Summer Internship Program - The Advisory Board, in consult and collaboration with the Booker T Arts Council, launched a new summer internship initiative in the summer of 2015. Paid, eight-week internships, ranging from 20-40 hours weekly, provide select, fulltime Booker T students (due to return each fall) firsthand experience working with local, professional arts organizations.

Internships provide the opportunity for artistic and academic growth and development; access to professional artists, the artistic process, current best practices and methodologies; the ability to share new knowledge with the BTW community.

These experiences may even be opportunities to make lasting connections with those in the professional industry that have the ability to launch a career.

Internship Opportunities are collated and posted by the Advisory Board. Students apply and organizations administrate the application / review / selection process. The Advisory Board underwrites the majority of these internships annually.

Over the course of the past four summers, over 70 BTW students have benefited from paid professional training at top caliber arts institutions across Dallas.

INITIATIVE 02

Recording/Production Studio -Recording/Production Studio: In the summer of 2014, the Advisory Board engaged the Russ Berger Design Group for acoustical consulting and architectural design services. Currently under construction, the Advisory Board, DISD and RBDG are working together to add state-of-the art audio

postproduction and recording facilities in support of Booker T’s academic program and media production needs. Specific audio facilities will include a control room, a tracking space, edit booths, a central equipment room, and associated support spaces.

INITIATIVE 03

Arts District Learning Lab - Taking advantage of the school’s strategic location in the largest arts district in the country, the Advisory Board has facilitated the launch of a breakthrough program: the Arts District Learning Lab, which integrates student learning with professionals in formal, year-long courses. Currently partnering with the Dallas Theater Center, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra,

this cross disciplinary program marries real world experience and high level mentoring, weaving a rich fabric between the students, the faculty and the leaders of Dallas’s highly renowned arts institutions. One-on-one experiences with artists such as Jim Hodges, DTC Artistic Director Kevin Moriarty and professional DSO musicians prove priceless personal and professional potentially life-changing opportunities.