Photo of Arthandler Training Class courtesy of www.bronxarts.orgThe Bronx Council on the Arts Development Corporation (BCADC) has been selected by NYC's Department of Cultural Affairs and Department of Small Business Services to administer an Art Handler Training and Placement Program.
BCADC will select 15 individuals who will be trained in art handling methods, involving the safety, care, handling, packing, installation, and transportation of art and artifacts. Training will take place in space provided by Transcon International, a Bronx art shipper. Upon completion of the program, the individuals will receive a certificate and will have access to employment services provided by Department of Small Business Services Workforce1 Career Centers.
BCADC President Bill Aguado had this to this about the program: "As the first professional training program of its kind, the BCA Development Corporation’s Art Handler Training Program is part of a vision to create a back office arts-related service industry in the Bronx that trains residents and artists, and places them in meaningful career-oriented jobs.”
Applications for participation in the program will be posted on BCADC’s website, www.bronxarts.org, and are due January 8, 2010. All selected participants must meet eligibility requirements under WIA and ARRA. Museums and galleries seeking art handler interns and employees are encouraged to contact Kim Hamilton-Shakir, Director, at 718-401-9558.