WAG IdeasLAB Summer Intern Program Launches in Partnership with the Appleton Foundation

Social media internship seeks to develop and express appreciation of Indigenous culture and the WAG

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Treaty 1 Territory, July 15, 2021: The Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG)-Qaumajuq is pleased to announce the launch of the WAG IdeasLAB summer internship program, generously supported by The Appleton Charitable Foundation through its APPLETON INITIATIVE. This innovative and inclusive program seeks to engage youth in developing and appreciating Indigenous art and culture at WAG-Qaumajuq by producing a variety of online content.

The WAG IdeasLAB summer internship is a part-time, paid, eight-week session from Tuesday, July 27 to Friday, September 17, 2021. While open to others, interns are intended primarily to be graduating high school or undergraduate post-secondary students. This internship offers behind-the-scenes access to WAG-Qaumajuq and may include training, direct work experience, professional development, and mentorship that pairs interns with key WAG staff.

This program aligns with WAG-Qaumajuq’s commitment to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action.

Quick Facts:

  • WAG IdeasLAB is a pilot program that is a part of the larger APPLETON INITIATIVE at the WAG, a project of the Toronto-based Appleton Foundation. More information on the APPLETON INITIATIVE and the Appleton Foundation is available on the Appleton Foundation website.
  • The 2021 social media internship runs for eight weeks from Tuesday, July 27, through Friday, September 17, 2021.
  • While open to others, interns are intended primarily to be graduating high school or undergraduate post-secondary students.
  • Interns will produce bi-weekly blogs, digital observations, or social media posts related to WAG-Qaumajuq, its mission, and programs.
  • $2,500 stipend available for full participation over the complete eight-week term. Stipend may be pro-rated for approved shorter work durations.
  • Students may be local with some work happening onsite or work entirely remotely.
  • Applications are now open and close on July 23, 2021. Apply here.


“WAG IdeasLAB is an exciting opportunity to engage young people in Indigenous art programming and the larger WAG mission. With the innovative new spaces of Qaumajuq, the opening of the first Winnipeg Indigenous Triennial, and so much more happening this summer at the WAG, this is a win-win. We thank the Appleton Charitable Foundation and our friend Barry Appleton who has a passion for building connections fuelled by the power of art and culture.”
— Dr. Stephen Borys, Director & CEO, WAG-Qaumajuq

“Qaumajuq and the WAG focus on connecting Canada’s North and South and raising awareness of important issues that affect us all. The WAG IdeasLAB Summer Interns bring new perspectives and essential collaboration to this conversation, allowing increased connection with one of the world’s top places to promote and protect Indigenous art. The Appleton Foundation is a proud supporter of Qaumajuq and its quest to find innovative new ways to amplify Indigenous art and voices as part of a process of healing and reconciliation. We are excited to see the WAG IdeasLAB as our first APPLETON INITIATIVE grant at the WAG. We cannot wait to see where this WAG IdeasLAB experiment can go”.
— Mr. Barry Appleton, National Director, Appleton Foundation

WAG-Qaumajuq thanks the Appleton Charitable Foundation for its partnership through the APPLETON INITIATIVE at the WAG.

Associated Links
WAG IdeasLAB Summer Interns
Appleton Foundation

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For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact:

Amy Rebecca Harrison
Engagement Supervisor
Winnipeg Art Gallery

The Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG)-Qaumajuq is a cultural advocate using art to connect, inspire, and inform. Playing a dynamic role in the community, we are a place for learning, dialogue, and enjoyment through art. Opened in March 2021, Qaumajuq connects to the WAG on all levels, celebrating the largest public collection of contemporary Inuit art in the world. The new WAG-Qaumajuq cultural campus is now one of the largest art museums in Canada. To learn more visit wag.ca.


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