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Arts-Management Apprenticeship

Professional development training for emerging arts-managers of color. 

What does it mean to be an arts-manager? What type of arts-manager do you want to be?  

Whether its serving as lead-producer on a Young Artist Mixer, creating engaging digital content, empowering high-school aged students, interviewing arts-leaders or working with our partners across the city, our paid summer apprenticeship will provide hands-on learning in marketing, event production, and cultural programming that will give you the experience you need to succeed!  Apprentices will be compensated biweekly for their work and provided with travel stipends- giving you the freedom and availability to fully experience the opportunities the arts have to offer. 

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Applications are now closed for the Arts Management Apprenticeship. Check back in April 2023 to apply to our next cohort!

Once you have completed the Arts-Management track of the Dunamis Life Cycle you will...

Have understanding and experience in what space you would like to hold within the creative industry.

Have developed and produced your own work.

Have developed strong professional and personal bonds with other creatives in the city.

Use your positions to increase access for other POC arts-managers to succeed.


"Overall, my experience as an Arts Management Apprentice at Dunamis this summer has so far been extremely beneficial, and I feel lucky to be a part of it."

— Arts Management Apprentice, '18


One community member will be granted a 6-month fellowship  where we help them produce original work/projects of their own design!


Life Cycle Next Steps: Arts-Manager-In-Residence, Consultations, Y.A.M.S

2022 Apprentices


DeShaun Gordon-King

Known for his soulful tone and mesmerizing phrasing, Trevor James Alto Flute Artist DeShaun has given performances as a soloist and principal in Europe, Asia, and throughout the United States. DeShaun grew up surrounded by oral storytelling, and jazz and gospel music. He began his classical studies while at Duke University. Inspired by the worlds and traditions of his upbringing, DeShaun grew passionate about programming that blends them all together to create unique and memorable concert experiences. 

While in Boston, DeShaun has collaborated with Castle of Our Skins and will be featured in an upcoming concert with the Celebrity Series of Boston. He has also appeared as principal flutist in the Wind Symphony during the World Youth Wind Orchestra Project music festival held in Schladming, Austria for which he received a full scholarship. He also was a recipient of the Friends of Flutes Foundation grant and appeared as a soloist for their annual gala. DeShaun made his soloist debut in North Carolina making appearances with the Duke University Wind Ensemble, Duke New Music Ensemble, and North Carolina School of the Arts wind ensemble. Also, while in North Carolina, DeShaun worked as a teaching artist with KidzNotes Durham, and managed the North Carolina Youth Wind Ensemble during their well-received inaugural year. He has participated in masterclasses by Dr. Tadeu Coelho, Aralee Dorough, Stephen Clarke, Herman van Kogelenberg, and Valerie Coleman.

While in New York City, DeShaun has explored his musical versatility by collaborating with classically trained neo-soul singer/songwriter A. Renée, new music ensemble Shouthouse, and the alternative duo BlueSoul. He wholly believes in pushing music toward its next evolution and is a vocal advocate for new music, especially works by composers of African and Latinx heritage. In addition to his love of newer music, DeShaun is currently pursuing his certification as a Therapeutic Musician at the Longy School of Music as the Emily Fisher Equity Scholar. His primary teachers and mentors include Sergio Pallottelli, Kaori Fujii, Keith Underwood, and Rebecca Troxler.


Jade Etienne

I am 20 years old, I grew up in Brockton, Massachusetts, and I currently live in Boston and study vocal performance at Gordon College as a mezzo-soprano. It has always been at the root of my drive and passion to pursue singing professionally to be an example of what can happen when low-income Black and Brown kids are given proper music education, access to opportunities, and the right tools to be able to pursue classical music and continue to change the face of it. I want to continue my studies in opera for grad school and look forward to teaching, studying, and working in opera companies in the future!

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Natalie Halsey

Natalie Halsey is a student at Dartmouth College studying Film and Media Studies along with a minor in French and Studio Art. She has done illustrative and portrait drawing for six years semi-professionally, and has had her work selected for display at the Loomis Chaffee School and at the Rhode Island School of Design Precollege program. Natalie is looking forward to learning more about the professional arts world with Dunamis this summer! 


Tiaira Council

Tiaira Council has had a passion for the arts since her teenage years. She pursued training in fine arts at The New School in New York City during the fall of 2018. She then began to develop freelance work that focused solely on her love for the arts. This entailed visual arts as well as music. She looks forward to helping the city of Boston cultivate a stronger artistic community and is extremely excited about working with Dunamis this summer. 

2022 Apprentice Vlogs

Take a trip down memory lane with our apprentices as they share their experiences over the summer! Each apprentice gives us a day in the life at Dunamis!