Works In Progress 

Calling all Austin-area teen artists! Get paid this summer to build your skills as a creative professional while contributing to the local Austin artistic community. Interns will focus on projects throughout the Dougherty Arts Center, from art education, gallery exhibits and more. The summer program is 8 weeks long, and teens will work approximately 20hr/week, Monday through Friday. Pay will start at $15/hr, and all interns will earn sick leave in accordance with City policy.

Now Accepting Applications for Works In Progress Summer 2022! 

Works in Progress for Summer 2022 is an 8-week summer internship, running from June 6 through July 29, 2022.

Applications for Works In Progress Summer 2022 will close on May 10th, 2022

This is a shared application. If you are specifically interested in the Works In Progress program, email after submitting your application to let us know your preference.

Who is a good fit for this program?  We’re looking for teens who… 

  • Are 16-19 years of age. 
    Live in Austin.   
    Have a passion for the arts including visual art, performing arts, film, and music.  
    Wish to exploring careers in the arts and creative industries.   
    Can commit to the full 8-week internship, in person at the Dougherty Arts Center or virtually, as needed.

About Us 

Works in Progress (WIP) is an immersive program that prepares teens living in Austin for careers in the arts. Through workshops and networking, students will develop their professional skills, prepare for artistic careers and education beyond school, and meet with industry professionals and working artists. The goal of the program is to encourage students to follow their artistic passions and explore the diverse paths available in the creative industries.

Applicants who belong to historically marginalized communities are encouraged to apply. 

The Works in Progress program is presented by the Dougherty Arts Center, part of the Museums & Cultural Programs Division within the Parks and Recreation Department of the City of Austin. We are committed to addressing the economic and racial inequities within our city, and teens of color are especially encouraged to apply.

Questions? Contact 

Art You! Teen arts conference 2022

Art You!  

The Dougherty Arts Center and the Works In Progress program present Art You! a youth led, arts-based networking event! Come and hear from local professional artists, learn about different careers in the arts, engage in a guided art critique, and bring some of your old art supplies and trade them at our art supply swap to try something different! 

Art You! 2022 will be held at the Dougherty Arts Center on April 30th from 10am to 12pm.  RSVP on Eventbrite.

For Art You! 2021 we were excited to welcome speakers Helena Martin (muralist and educator), Kyle Armstrong (illustrator and educator), Mai Gutierrez (architect and sculptor), and Kelly Hasandras (performing artist and educator). Each speaker told us about their background in the arts and their path to where they are now. View the recording of Art You! 2021 on YouTube. 

The first Art You! event was held virtually in July 2020 and featured speakers Yocelyn Riojas (multidisciplinary artist and activist), Faustinus Deraet (photographer), and Jennifer Balkan (painter). View the recording of Art You! 2020 on YouTube.