Black History Program/Visual Arts Summer Internship 2024 

This internship is a partnership between The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks & Recreation, Prince George's County, and Pyramid Atlantic Art Center. 


Artist interns, ages 14-19, will learn the process of Silkscreen printing, from idea and design development through production and the final printed product of 20-25, hand-pulled prints. Interns will receive 64 total hours of instruction, hands-on printing experience and compensation of up to $500.  

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. 

The final art image will be scanned and photographed for M-NCPPC to produce the large-scale print run of posters for free distribution to the public. 


This summer internship is open to all young artists, ages 14 through 19, that attend High School in Prince George's County, Maryland and/or reside in the County. Rising ninth graders are eligible and invited to apply. 

Prospective interns should have a passion for African American History and the visual arts. This internship is open to all qualifying participants of any ethnicity or background 

Participating interns will be led by a professional teaching artist in the collaborative design of the M-NCPPC 2025 Black History Month Poster. All supplies necessary for the project will be provided by the program. 


The field trips and lectures for the internship will start on Monday, July 15, 2024, at the Ridgley Rosenwald School, located at 8507, Central Avenue, Capitol Heights, MD 20743 and conclude on Friday, July 19. The studio element of the internship will take place at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, 4318 Gallatin Street, Hyattsville, MD 20781 and start Monday, July 22 and end Thursday, August 15. Internship days will be Mondays through Thursdays, 10 am-2:30 pm each day. 

Program participants will each receive monetary compensation of up to $500.00, based on attendance and successful completion of the internship. 

Transportation to Pyramid Atlantic Art Center and daily lunch will be the responsibility of the participating intern. 

Interns selected to participate in the program will receive the benefit of hands-on experience with printmaking processes. They should be willing to engage in the “messiness” of working with printing inks and other materials and equipment and should consider the nature endemic to this type of artwork, particularly if there is any possibility of sensitivity or allergy to project art materials. 

Cell phone use will be limited during the time of the internship sessions due to the professional demands of the art-making processes with which the intern artists will be engaged. In addition, they will be asked not to share any details about the art design ideas for the poster’s development. The poster will be formally unveiled to the public in February 2025 at the start of the Black History Month celebration. 

Upon acceptance, participating intern artists will be asked to review and sign Pyramid Atlantic’s code of conduct before starting this internship and also abide, throughout the duration of the internship, by Pyramid Atlantic Art Center’s organizational, health and safety policies, accessible in the link below. 


Applicant artists must submit three examples of their artwork as well as a paragraph or two about themselves, their passion for art, African American History and their interest in participating in the summer internship. Go to to register for a free account and submit the application for the 2025 Black History Month Program/Visual Arts Summer Internship. 


The program will be offered to a maximum of 5 participants. Chosen intern artists will be notified by Friday, July 5, 2024. Selections will be made both by representatives of M-NCPPC and Pyramid Atlantic Art Center. 

Artist applicants who are under 16 years of age will need to apply for a work permit online through the State of Maryland if selected to participate in the program. 


Sunday, June 30, 2024: Deadline to apply to the internship, application on Submittable online by 12 midnight. 

Friday, July 5, 2024: Selected interns are notified. 

Monday, July 15 – Friday, July 19, 2024: Internship trips and lectures at Ridgley Rosenwald School, 8507, Central Avenue, Capitol Heights, MD 20743 (not all days will apply)

Monday, July 22 – Thursday, August 15, 2024: Internship studio time at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, 4318 Gallatin St., Hyattsville, MD 20781 

Thursday, August 15, 2024: Internship concludes 

Sunday, February 2, 2025: Black History Month Poster unveiled to the public. 

February 2025: Distribution of posters to community 


If there are any questions, please contact Stuart Diekmeyer, Visual Arts Specialist, at or call 301-446-3251. By submitting to this call for entry, applicants to the internship agree to comply with all rules and requirements of the program. 

General Exhibitions call for entry- 2024 season

We are seeking proposals from artists to present exhibitions for the 2024 season. Solo and group exhibitions are welcome. 


This call is open to all artists in the District/Maryland/Virginia Area who are 18 years of age or older. If an artist is already scheduled to participate in another solo exhibition during the 2023-2024 exhibition season at any Prince George’s County Parks and Recreation arts center or facility, they will not be eligible for consideration for this opportunity. Additional consideration will be given to artists who have not exhibited with any Prince George’s County Parks and Recreation arts center or facility in the past 2 years. 


We are seeking exhibition proposals for various M-NCPPC facilities including The Publick Playhouse, Watkins Nature Center, The Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex (SPLEX), the Southern Area Aquatic & Recreation Complex (SAARC), and Snow Hill Manor. 



Publick Playhouse- 60 linear feet of wall space. 

Watkins Nature Center- 95 linear feet of hallway wall space that provides an intimate and up-close viewing experience. Artworks that are in the size range of 11 x 14 inches to approximately 20 x 24 inches are best suited for this space.

SPLEX- 144 linear feet of wall space. Artworks that are in the size range of 18 x 24 inches and larger would be best suited for this space.

SAARC- availability of space includes 80 linear feet of wall space for larger works up to 4x6 feet

Snow Hill Manor- new space for 2024!



All proposals must be submitted online at No other forms of application will be accepted. 

Only two-dimensional wall-mounted works or contemporary digital media/video works can be accommodated in the various facilities that we are programming at this time.


All proposals must include:

  • Contact information for the artist applicant
  • An artist statement, no longer than one page.
  • A résumé or Curriculum Vitae for each artist 
  • 15-25 image samples of a cohesive body of work; OR 5 segments of audio and/or video, each no longer than five minutes in duration; OR an appropriate combination of images, video, audio and web-based work 
  • Proposals may include detail images for 2D works or stills of digital works
  • An image list including titles, media, size, and year created for all artworks in the proposal


Proposal review will be led by M-NCPPC/ACHD employees and may include ad hoc community advisers. Selected artwork proposals will be scheduled according to space and time availability with a goal of presenting diverse forms of artwork of the highest quality, and of engaging a broad range of audiences.



Reviewing of proposals and scheduling of exhibitions will proceed on an ongoing basis throughout the year. Artists will receive notification of selected proposals as exhibition dates become available. Proposals will be selected for the facility that the work would be best suited for, though we will take artist’s choice of facility into consideration.  



Exhibitions will be installed and dismantled by M-NCPPC staff unless the nature of the work requires special assistance. Exhibitions will last for 3-4 months. Selected artists will be required to transport their pieces to the facility prior to the exhibition and to pick up and transport pieces from the facility at the close of the exhibition. 


A video exhibit will be created by MNCPPC staff and will be shared during the time of the exhibit via Prince George’s Parks Arts social media platforms and will also be given to the exhibiting artist to share with their own art networks as well. 

Samples of previous art exhibition videos in these gallery spaces can be viewed on the ArtsPGParks social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram). 



A public reception for the artist be held during the exhibition if the artist desires to have one. Dates and times will be set according to facility availability, with preference to the artist’s schedule. The Arts and Cultural Heritage Division will provide light refreshments for guests.



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 for up to 75% of their value while they are in our custody.



If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact:

Stuart Diekmeyer

Visual Arts Specialist


Sara Caporaletti

Visual Arts Assistant 


The Publick Playhouse, Watkins Nature Center, The Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex (SPLEX), the Southern Area Aquatic & Recreation Complex (SAARC), and Snow Hill Manor are facilities of The Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission, Department of Parks & Recreation, Prince George’s County. 

PG Parks Arts and Cultural Heritage Division