Arts Education Initiative

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Today public life, a traditional purview of the liberal arts, is active not just in physical settings but also online. Cultural literacy now requires significant fluency in digital media. The phone apps, social media sites, blogging platforms, and digital search engines we use daily, and their attendant vocabulary, architecture, and politics, too often go unexamined. Though departments of Media Studies and Computer Science address specialized skill sets, a broader humanities-based, interdisciplinary approach to public discourse on the Web is generally lacking in college and even graduate-level curricula. Triple Canopy—drawing on eight years’ experience as a print and digital publisher, as an editorial board, and as a developer of progressive Web design—has developed an education initiative to address these important changes in cultural literacy. Interweaving a variety of expert points of view in literary studies, the history of art, contemporary art practices, media studies, and Web development, Triple Canopy offers a rigorous, carefully designed curriculum focusing on critical inquiry and interactive learning in and around digital environments.

The Publication Intensive, part of the Arts Education Initiative, receives major support from The Brown Foundation, Inc., of Houston, and many generous individuals including David Deitcher, Elizabeth W. Easton, Alexander Keith, Charles Renfro, Jane Rosenblum, Jeanette Watson Sanger & Alexander Sanger, Charles M. Sawyers, M.D. & Susan S. Sawyers, Kate Shepherd & Miles McManus, and Alice Tisch.

Publication Intensive

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Next session

June 11–22, 2018, New York & Providence


Apply online through 11:59pm on Sunday, April 29. If you have further questions, please write Read a conversation between participants in 2014’s program here.

What: A two-week program in the history and contemporary practice of publication.

Where: The program will take place for one week at Triple Canopy’s venue in Manhattan and one week at the RISD Museum in Providence, Rhode Island; it will include visits to studios of artists and designers, archives, and cultural institutions.

Who: We invite applications from recent college graduates, graduate students, and those with comparable experience; we discourage applications from those with much more experience. Prospective participants might have backgrounds in areas such as writing, art, literature, art history, technology, and design.

Cost: Tuition is free, though participants must arrange and pay for their travel and accommodation. All reading and viewing materials will be provided free of cost.

During the Publication Intensive, Triple Canopy editors and invited artists, writers, scholars, publishers, and technologists will lead discussions and workshops with participants, who will research, analyze, and enact an approach to publication that hinges on today’s networked forms of production and circulation but also mines the history of print culture and artistic practice.

The Publication Intensive will address such questions as: How have artists, writers, and designers used the pages of magazines and books as sites of and material for experimentation? How have new-media publications challenged conventions of authorship and reception, only to have those very challenges soon become the foundation of the new economy? How have artists, writers, designers, and technologists responded to ensuing changes in the media landscape? And how have responses differed in areas with disparate resources and relationships to technology? What are the politics of access and identity associated with online public forums and media?

In the second week, participants will work with Triple Canopy editors on the development of an upcoming issue that will act as the magazine’s contribution to the RISD Museum’s 2019 exhibition “Raid the Icebox Now.” Triple Canopy has been invited to engage with the Pendleton House, which offers, in the museum’s words, “an unusually complete record of the late nineteenth-century view of Colonial America.” The collection, which ranges from early American furniture to Chinese ceramics, exemplifies a rarefied lifestyle (and a familiar ideological inclination), but also symbolizes an incessant flow of commodities, ideas, and bodies—as well as the extraordinary labor of nevertheless constructing a national identity that appears to be constant and indigenous. With Publication Intensive participants, editors will speak about identities are cultivated through the circulation of goods, the branding of native expressions, and the repurposing of foreign styles. We’ll ask how creative acts might effectively displace historical figures and styles, superimpose the present on the past. And we’ll consider how various approaches to publication might forge new (and resurrect old) narratives around artworks and homewares—and, in so doing, work against the kind of rhetoric in which artificial images of bygone days form an idealized vision of the future.

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Seminars and Lectures

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Flexible teaching modules permit Triple Canopy editors to tailor a given teaching residency or session to the specific needs of departments, faculty, and students. We draw upon an extensive network of contributing artists and writers, to invite guest speakers and workshop leaders from the region. Triple Canopy’s teaching approach incorporates informative lectures, seminar-style discussion, and hands-on workshops. To inquire about seminars, lectures, or our Publication Intensive please write

Triple Canopy’s editorial staff have taught courses and lectured on topics in creative writing, comparative literature, digital publishing, art history, and photography at the following institutions:

Colleges and Universities

  • Bard College, NY
  • California Institute of the Arts
  • Columbia College, Chicago, IL
  • Columbia University, NY
  • Harvard University, MA
  • Hunter College, CUNY, NY
  • Macalester College, MN
  • The New School, NY
  • New York University, NY
  • Pratt University, NY
  • School of Visual Arts, NY
  • Southern Methodist University, TX
  • Temple University, PA
  • University of California
  • University of Iowa

Museums, Art Fairs, and Cultural Institutions

Internship and Volunteer Program

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Triple Canopy is currently seeking interns for fall 2018. Interns assist with Triple Canopy’s editorial projects, website development, design, and public programming. They take an active role in the editorial and production work that goes into each issue of the magazine, as well as assisting with the development of public programs and the pursuit of grants. Depending on a candidate’s interests and abilities, duties may include: soliciting, evaluating, and coordinating the execution of articles and artist projects; taking part in editorial meetings; research assistance; coordinating and publicizing events; image editing and formatting; HTML, Flash, and Ruby on Rails coding and design work; devising and implementing new features for the website. Participants contribute twelve hours per week, for the duration of a school semester.

Interns receive a stipend and students may earn university credit through participating institutions.

To apply for an internship, please send a brief cover letter, resumé, and two references to