The Mistake Room (TMR) dwells in the terrain of ideas and practices fueled by radical imagination. A public experiment in institution-making, TMR conceives itself as an intellectual and cultural life form in perpetual progress; as a morphing entity shaped by earned wisdoms that result from ventures into the unknown. Driven by critical inquiry and sustained by the generative potential inherent in bold risk, TMR believes in the unimaginable, instigates the improbable, and encourages thoughtful provocation as it provides essential support to artists, their work, and all that informs and inspires it.
The Mistake Room (TMR) helps bring to life the contributions practitioners of the imagination make to the world in meaningful ways. Our work transforms how people access and engage with art and ideas while reimagining the role and function of the contemporary cultural institution. We do this to deepen our collective understanding of human creativity and to broaden its profound impact on our lives.
We believe in artists and thinkers.
As pioneers of radical imagination;
As makers of new ways of being and knowing;
As invaluable participants in and contributors to civic life;
As the foundation of a life-long project to make the world more just, compassionate, and sustainable.
As an unwavering and fearless protector of artistic and intellectual freedom;
As a place for research and the production of original scholarship;
As a responsive, conscious, and adaptable life form that births new species of cultural projects;
As a site of critical agency and a home for challenging and informed public debate. We believe in mistakes.
As ruptures of the status quo;
As evidence of transformative action;
As empowering experiences and generative moments;
As glimpses into a future we’ve yet to know.
Executive and Artistic Director
Carlos J. Mendez
Assistant to the Director and Curatorial Associate
Deputy Director and Head of Program
Jamie Y. Shi
MISPRINT Editor at Large
Board of Directors
Cesar Garcia, Executive and Artistic Director
Dr. V. Joy Simmons, Chair
Tina Perry-Whitney, Vice-Chair
Sanjay Kumar, Controller
Aryn Drakelee-Williams, Secretary
Jose Noe Suro
Alberto de la Torre
Lifetime Directors (Emeritus)
The Mistake Room offers hands-on internships for undergraduate and graduate students. Our internship program provides opportunities to work directly alongside scholars, curators, and artists who are shaping the future of contemporary art while also helping participants learn about the non-profit cultural institution and its various functions and operations.
The Mistake Room is unable to provide or assist with visas for foreign applicants.
It is the responsibility of applicants to retrieve information from their school concerning possible academic credit. Graduate students seeking an internship for Independent Study Course Credit or to fulfill a Practicum degree-requirement must contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org for Graduate Internship Application.
Application Deadline: May 30th, 2017
Internship: July 5 - August 30, 2017
Summer 2017 Social Media & Marketing Internship
The Mistake Room is seeking an intern with strong knowledge and understanding of the digital media landscape, particularly social media outlets. The candidate will work closely with the curatorial team and become informed about the organization's upcoming program and activities and create a public presence for the organization across multiple social media outlets while also developing a strategic social media strategy to increase the organization's public presence. This is a unique hands-on opportunity for a candidate interested in public relations and marketing and will provide the selected individual with a dynamic context to develop their work. Candidates should have a strong interest in publicity, marketing and branding, and social media. Strong candidates will have good organizational and time management skills and will have the ability to work in both a team environment and independently when needed. Candidates must possess excellent communication and writing skills. Essential functions include basic website updates and maintenance; posting on and monitoring TMR’s new digital journal; online outreach and promotion using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Vimeo; database management; and other related duties.
Email resume and cover letter to Kris Kuramitsu at email@example.com. Provide two references and their contact e-mail. Please include position you are applying for on message subject line.
Requirements & Compensation
Interns are expected to work 10-12 hours a week with flexible schedule. Internship includes $1,000 (USD) stipend.