Get Involved with PIA

Partners in the Arts has been training teachers and connecting schools with teaching artists and arts organizations since 1994. We seek to engage students, teachers, school leaders, artists and communities in partnerships focused on the strengths of arts integrated learning and teaching.

Below are some ways that different audiences can engage with PIA to provide learning opportunities for all students throughout the Richmond region.

Students and Educators

Partners in the Arts (PIA) is offering internships for Summer 2021: Apply online for this opportunity.


This enriching opportunity is available to students and recent graduates interested in gaining experience with an education program focusing on interdisciplinary teaching and arts integration.


Depending on your interests, skills, and availability, work will include assisting in or with:

  • Day-to-day operations of a University program, including PIA summer institute session (June 28–July 27)
  • Supporting implementation of $1.3 million Arts Integrated Learning Certificate (AILC) grant project in partnership with Richmond Public Schools:
  • Connecting with community partners to impact change in education
  • Interacting with and supporting current K-12 teachers working on integrated unit plans and projects at their schools.
  • Marketing and social media communications
  • Documenting coursees and workshops (photographers/videographers)

Knowledge of K-12 Education issues and practices is helpful, but not required, and an interest in teaching the practice of creativity in cross-curricular teaching methods is preferred.

Skills (2 or more preferred)

  • Positive and effective people skills
  • Photography/video skills
  • Social media experience
  • Capacity to manage projects
  • Shepherding
  • Copy writing skills
  • Microsoft Office applications
  • Video editing

Position/Job Function

  • Education Research
  • Communication/Media
  • Education/Teaching/Language Services
  • Journalist/Publishing/Writing
  • Marketing/Sales/Retail

Position Compensation

The internship is unpaid.


The program welcomes inquiries from artists or arts organizations interested in any of the following:

  • Developing a relevant, integrated program
  • Becoming a visiting artist in a PIA Award project
  • Teaching workshops for educators and/or students

Businesses, Civic Organizations and Others

Partners in the Arts can always use volunteers with a wide variety of interests and skills to assist with the Joan Oates Institute and PIA Award programs. Please contact us using the information in the sidebar.