MAMA Rookies Training Course
From 
Saturday July 15th 2006
until 
Sunday December 31st 2006
Mama is organizing a training course for her volunteers: the MAMA-Rookies project. In this project a select group of MAMA-volunteers will be trained in assisting in different functions of the art business by the MAMA staff and by professionals specially attracted for this project by MAMA.
It's been buzzing in the corridors, but now it's almost about to happen:
The last months we have been working hard at the office, preparing the MAMA-Rookies project.
In this project a select group of MAMA-volunteers will be trained in assisting in different functions of the art-business by the MAMA staff and by professionals specially attracted for this project by MAMA.

The volunteers have always been very important to MAMA to be able to make the exhibitions and extra events a success. They are the MAMA-hosts. They make sure the showroom is spic and span, that everything works and supply information about MAMA and the expositions to guests of all ages and from all around the world. Volunteers also distribute promotion material, take care of transportation in the Netherlands and beyond and install the expositions, together with the artists, (guest-) curator and production-leader.

What will the MAMA-Rookies project look like?
In September the project will start with individual interviews involving the current and new MAMA-volunteers. Based on motivation, qualities, skills and interests the selected volunteers, then to be named MAMA- Rookies, will be classified for specific workshops. Participation is free of charge, but not without commitment. In other words: MAMA invests in you, you invest in MAMA. You do this by following the course and then by working for a year approximately 4 hours a week as volunteer at MAMA.
There is space for a maximum of 25 volunteers in this course.

From October till December there will be a series of workshops offered. For all Rookies there is a basic-workshop 'internal and external communication'. After this you choose a follow-up workshop: education and hosting; development of p.r. material or the workshop exhibition-organization. The workshops last on an average, 3 times a 4 hour session. This also involves some homework, there will be assignments to do in your own time. What has been taught will be put to use by the Rookies in real life, during the projects that MAMA programs throughout the coming school year. Everything that goes right or wrong will be discussed and evaluated.

Every MAMA-Rookie that has successfully fulfilled the course will receive a certificate at the end of the run. This means you are qualified by us to support in different assisting functions at professional art-institutions.

How to become a MAMA-Rookie
Of course we expect you to have feeling for the specific MAMA-character and for our exhibitions and activities. So please browse through our website before you apply for our course, in case you don't know us yet.
Other qualifications are:

* Age: 16 - 25 years old
* You have a thorough command of the Dutch and English language
* Interest in art and its contexts
* Interest in communicating art to an audience from 8 - 80 years old, or in exhibition organization and production.
* Interest in producing items about the MAMA-exhibitions in written word and (audio-visual) image.

Application
If you want to participate in the MAMA-Rookies course from September throughout the school year 2006-2007, send an email before 1 September to info@showroommama.nl, subject: Rookies!
Write a clear motivation, specific interests, your (present) study and qualities. Also include your date of birth and contact details. We will invite you to an interview in weeks 36-37.