Public Art Stewards

What is the Public Art Stewards Workforce Training Program?

The Public Art Stewards Training Program is an “earn while you learn” program that will train 6-8 Wilmington residents, under the guidance of a professional conservator, to maintain up to 30 works of public art around the city and learn transferable skills in conservation including:

  • Assessment and condition reporting
  • Photographic and written documentation
  • Cleaning and basic maintenance
  • Public and community engagement

Additionally, our Public Art Stewards will also participate in workforce-readiness workshops to support and sustain their employability after graduating from the program. These skills include, but are not limited to:

  • Interview Practice
  • Resume Building
  • Financial Literacy
  • Digital Literacy
  • Nutrition and Ergonomics
  • Health and Safety

Why is Public Art Stewardship Important?

Unlike museums and indoor galleries, outdoor public art does not have a team of dedicated stewards to take care of its issues. As such, many artistic installments around Wilmington show signs of degradation and will only deteriorate further until unrecognizable by the community. Wilmington’s outdoor gallery of sculptures, murals, memorials, and mosaics are the creative cultural heritage of our city. We want to provide the care and upkeep they deserve while offering tangible support to local community members.

Public Art Stewards will be given first-hand onsite training to maintain and support these beloved pieces.

What does the Program look like?

Estimated Timeline:
December 2022 – Applications Open
Late Jan 2023 – Applications Close
Feb – Review Process & Interviews
March/April – Cohort Announcement
April 2023 – Begin classroom and workshops
May Begin – on-site work with Object List
September 2023 – Program Ends

Participants will be asked to work part-time, not to exceed 30 hours/week.
Participants will be compensated for their time, estimated $420/week, subject to change.
The curriculum will include classroom learning and on-site field work. Instruction will be given in English.

What skills or qualities do I need to apply?

We do not require prior formal experience to be a Public Art Steward and encourage those with a variety of experiences in the arts and genuine interest to apply. This includes artists, fabricators, makers, art educators, hobbyists. We are looking for serious applicants who have a previous interest in the arts and can commit 25/hours per week for 6 months (April to September).

Some basic skills and qualities include:

  • Self-motivation
  • Good time management skills
  • Ability to plan ahead and follow instructions
  • Works well with supervisors and coworkers
  • Good communication skills
  • Appreciative of craftsmanship and artistry
  • Interested in history, science, and art
  • Ability to perform physical tasks, including bending, kneeling, standing for long periods of time and lifting 50 pounds

All applicants must be 18 and older to apply. Acceptance is contingent upon a satisfactory background check.

What is the application process?

  1. Complete the PAS application form with personal contact information and submit a short-written statement by clicking here.
  2. After applications are reviewed by program staff, selected applicants will move on to the interview stage. Applicants will interview either by phone, in-person, or Zoom with the program director and conservator. The interview is an additional opportunity for you to ask questions about the program and for us to get to know you better.
  3. Background Check – Selected applicants are required to pass a background check.

Application closing date: January 31, 2023

For more information, please contact Benét Burton, Curatorial Project Manager at or (302) 351-8507.