Help raise funds to support emerging arts administrators in Georgia!

About the Project

Do you remember the nerve-wracking period of time between school and starting your career? That tough transition where you are dying to gain experience but are stuck in the catch-22 of needing job experience to get a job?

About the project:

MOCA GA’s graduate residency program is working to fight this problem for budding arts administrators and museum professionals in our area! Each year, two graduate students interested in the museum field join the graduate residency program—a paid, part-time position at MOCA GA that shadows each executive staff member in order to gain relevant job experience.  At the end of a 6 month period, each resident has worked closely with the organization and proposes a project that they then implement at MOCA GA.  These qualified students are given more responsibility than typical interns and are able to apply the skills they are learning in the classroom in a real, challenging Museum setting.

Past residents have implemented projects such as a Volunteer Docent Training Program, a full reorganization of the Museum’s archives, and a Planned Giving Program.  As a small Museum, these programs are extremely valuable and give the student a tangible project that they can see grow in future years and show potential employers!

How you can help:

Your contribution TODAY will directly support these residents through their $2,500 stipend! Help us do our part to support future arts professionals!

Quotes from our past residents:

“The residency program at MOCA GA gave me a chance to dig my heels into a project and call it my own.  I had all of the responsibility and did much more in my time at MOCA GA than just administrative work.  It was the first time I was treated like a colleague in a professional setting and the experience gave me a lot of confidence in my skills! Help us give other students this opportunity!!” –Erin Green

"The Graduate Residency Program at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia was the perfect capstone for finishing my Master's Degree! I had interned at many museums before but through this program I learned new skills, advanced those which I already had and was actually able to make a meaningful, lasting impact on the collection. Being able to present my final project in front of not only the entire staff but also the director was a rare and incredible opportunity through which I grew to better understand how to showcase my ideas in a professional manner as well as how to adjust to comments and critiques in a job setting. I hope many more residents can have this same, meaningful experience with your help!" -Jessica Schmitz

“This program could not have come at a better time in my life.  I had done my fair share of short-term internships, but I felt like my resume needed something more grounded to show employers that I was ready for that first job as an arts administrator.  I paired MOCA GA’s Residency with my Master of Arts in Arts Administration program at SCAD, which allowed me to apply my studies to real world scenarios.  I cannot convey how important this program was in helping me solidify a vision for myself professionally.  The staff at MOCA GA was so supportive during my time there, and I felt like they truly wanted me to succeed.  This program not only let me explore all areas of museum administration, it let me zero in on an area of interest and take ownership through a final project.  During my initial job hunt after graduate school, this project gave me confidence in interviews because I felt that I had something special to show from my time with MOCA GA.  Now, I am working for the Frist Center for the Visual Arts and I am so grateful that I had this residency program as a bridge into the professional world.  Please help MOCA GA give this opportunity to another student dreaming big about working in the arts!”


Project Budget:

$2,500 per stipend

2 residents

$5,000 total

Your gift is matched dollar for dollar by the city of Atlanta!





Matching Sponsors

Our generous sponsors will contribute $1 for every $1 donated to this project up to $2,500 ! (pending matching fund availability)

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