Black History Program/Visual Arts Summer Internship 2022

This internship is a partnership between the M-NCPPC Black History Program and the Arts and Cultural Heritage Division of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks & Recreation, Prince George’s County (M-NCPPC).


Black Resistance


Participating students will be led by a teaching artist in the collaborative design of the 2023 Black History Month Poster for the M-NCPPC.

Students will also learn about African American history on both the local and national levels through a variety of in-person and virtual lessons and experiences, including lectures, workshops, and films. Emphasis will also be given to the visual art component for the poster through similar in person art museum field trips, workshops and guest speakers. All necessary art supplies and instruction will be provided.


This summer internship is open to all students, ages 15 through 19, who attend High School or reside in Prince George's County, Maryland. Students should have a passion for the visual arts and African American History.


The internship will have up to a total of 5 participating student artists.  Internship sessions are scheduled to take place Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 10am - 4pm, starting July 11th through August 5, 2022. This internship will take place at the Ridgely Rosenwald School, 8507 Central Ave., Capital Heights, MD 20743. Optional open studio sessions on select Fridays may also be offered, providing participating students the opportunity for in-depth focus on their art creations.

All participating students must provide their own transportation to the Ridgley Rosenwald School. The Addison Road Metro stop is 2.5 miles from the school.

Each participating student artist will receive monetary compensation of up to $560.00, based on attendance and successful completion of the 16-day internship.

The general daily schedule on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays will be:

10 am - 12 pm: Morning session

12 pm - 1 pm: Lunch

1 pm – 4 pm: Afternoon session

Student artists will work with a local, teaching artist to create the poster design and will also have visits from various guest speakers as well as engage in history and art related field trips

Cell phone use will be limited during the time of the internship due to the art making processes with which students will be engaged. In addition, students will be asked not to share any details about the art ideas for the poster’s development. The poster will be unveiled in early 2023 for the start of Black History Month, so students will be asked to preserve the surprise for the community.


Students must submit three examples of their artwork as well as a paragraph or two about themselves, their passion for art and their interest in participating in the internship.

Interested and qualified students must go to to register for a free account and submit the application for the Black History Month Poster Summer Internship.


Students will be notified by June 28, 2022, of their selection.

In addition, selected students that are under the age of 18, will need to apply for a work permit online through the State of Maryland at: and all selected students will also need to register as a vendor with M-NCPPC for compensation to be processed.

Friday, April 29, 2022- Call for entry posted to

Friday, June 24, 2022- Deadline to apply to internship application on online is by 11:59pm

Tuesday, June 28, 2022- Selected student artists are notified

July 11 – August 5, 2022- Internship dates (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and the possibility of selected Fridays)

2023 Date TBA- Black History Month Celebration, poster unveiled to public


If you have any questions, please contact Stuart Diekmeyer, Visual Arts Specialist at or call 301-446-3251.

By submitting to this call for entries, the applicant agrees to comply with all rules and requirements.

The above information is subject to change based on Prince George’s County’s response to Covid-19 and any other potential factors.

LIGHTS OUT: A Video Group Exhibition
The Brentwood Arts Exchange is seeking submissions from artists who work in video or digital animation for a group exhibition in the Main Gallery. Themes, concepts and video duration can vary. Due to the nature of installing a group video exhibition in an open gallery, we will strongly prefer videos that are silent or have only ambient sound. Selected videos will be displayed in the Main Gallery via projectors or television monitors, and may be shared via digital platforms during the exhibition.

EXHIBITION DATES: July 11-September 10, 2022.

This call is open to all artists who are 18 years of age or older. There are no other restrictions.
The Brentwood Arts Exchange is The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission’s component of the public-private partnership with Gateway Arts Center, serving as an anchor for Prince George’s County Gateway Arts District. We focus on connecting audiences to diverse forms and ideas within contemporary art. In addition to visual arts exhibitions, we also present small concerts, film screenings, and classes, and operate a retail store that sells functional art by local artists.
The Main Gallery is approximately 2,500 sq. ft. with 1,800 sq. ft. of exhibition space. It features 14 ft. ceilings, LED track lighting, three ceiling-mounted high lumens projectors, 42” and 50” television monitors, acoustic baffling, and white walls.
All proposals must be submitted online at No other forms of application will be accepted. All proposals must include:

  • Contact information for the person responsible for the proposal.
  • An artist statement that is no longer than one page.
  • A résumé or Curriculum Vitae.
  • Please submit no more than 3 videos for consideration. Please send full video if possible.
  • Proposals may include video stills.

The Brentwood Arts Exchange staff will review all proposals, and may also include M-NCPPC Arts and Cultural Heritage Division employees as well. This exhibition a goal of presenting diverse forms of artwork of the highest quality, and of engaging a broad range of audiences.
We will begin reviewing proposals after the June 16 deadline and The Brentwood Arts Exchange will notify the selected artists by email. If your work was not accepted, you will receive an email, or a submittable notification.
The Brentwood Arts Exchange provides full publicity for all exhibitions, including press releases, email announcements, online and printed listings, and corollary events.
This exhibition will only accept video works that can be mailed on a USB storage device or through online file sharing.  
The M-NCPPC will retain a 25% commission on all art works sold during or as a result of the exhibition. The M-NCPPC insures all consigned artworks while they are in our custody.
If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact:
Spencer Dormitzer, Director, Brentwood Arts Exchange
Brentwood Arts Exchange is a center of The Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission, Department of Parks & Recreation, Prince George’s County, Arts and Cultural Heritage Division. 

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