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RE-TOOL 21 Skills Development Program - Paid Opportunity

Are you an emerging professional looking to develop the skills, knowledge, experience, and confidence to enter the cultural sector?

RE-TOOL 21 is a unique series of hands-on skill-building workshops, behind the scenes tours, and opportunities to network with art handling professionals in museums, galleries, exhibition administration and production, and related fields. Art-service professionals, called art handlers or preparators, provide the important groundwork for the safe and secure installation, de-installation, packaging, and storing of art pieces, objects, and artifacts. Applicants who have an interest in the arts and demonstrate ongoing enthusiasm to work in the cultural sector will receive the foundational training necessary to seek further employment in the field.

The program will take place July 8, 2022 - August 21, 2022 across seven, two-day weekend intensives (find exact dates and times at

The 2022 cohort will conclude with a practicum experience completed within four months of the final weekend intensive.

Individuals who complete RE-TOOL 21 will:

  • Learn and develop skills through a supportive, interactive, hands-on cohort model.
  • Explore and become more familiar with Chicago’s galleries, museums and institutions, and fabrication facilities.
  • Gain the basic knowledge and skills to apply for employment in the field of art preparation.
  • Develop a network of Chicagoland cultural workers through mentorship and support.
  • Receive a $2,600 stipend and certificate of recognition upon successful completion of the program.

Who can apply?

Applicants do not need to have any specific level of education or previous art handling experience, however applicants with basic familiarity with hand tools will be strongly considered. Art handling is a physical job. Participants should be able to lift 50 pounds and be comfortable working at heights and on their feet for extended periods of time.

RE-TOOL 21 encourages individuals from historically under-funded communities to apply, including women, immigrants, people of color, Indigenous and Native peoples, formerly incarcerated and LGBTQIA individuals. Applicants must reside in the City of Chicago.

Application Deadline: Sunday, May 1, 2022

To apply:

Find the application link at

For questions or more information about RE-TOOL 21, please contact Taykhoom Biviji, Program Coordinator, at

Job Type: Paid Internship
Location: Chicago