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Community Arts Assistance Program

An initiative by DTD Fine Art Services to create community-inclusive career opportunities in the art logistics field.


The Fine Arts Apprenticeship Program for Urban Challenged Youths is a groundbreaking initiative by DTD Fine Art Services. This program is designed to introduce urban youths to the art and art industry by cultivating a unity of mind, body, and vision. Our goal is to produce service and client-centric technicians through comprehensive training and support.

Program Benefits

  • Tuition-Free Training: Qualifying individuals can access this career opportunity without financial burden.

  • Hands-On Experience: Apprentices will gain practical skills and knowledge in art handling and logistics.

  • Job Placement Assistance: Successful graduates will receive job placement and career assistance in the markets we serve.

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Curriculum Overview

The Fine Arts Apprenticeship Program offers a detailed curriculum that covers essential skills and tools required for art handling and logistics.​

Art Handling Skills and Tools Curriculum:

  1. Characteristics of a Good Art Handler

    • Professionalism: Emphasizing the importance of reliability, attention to detail, and a professional demeanor.

    • Physical Fitness: Understanding the physical demands of the job and maintaining fitness to handle artworks safely.

  2. General Skills

    • Communication: Developing effective communication skills for working with clients and team members.

    • Problem-Solving: Enhancing the ability to troubleshoot and solve issues that arise during art handling and logistics.

  3. Skills That Complement Art Handling Work

    • Technical Skills: Learning about various technical aspects related to art handling, such as climate control and security measures.

    • Customer Service: Focusing on providing exceptional service to clients, ensuring their artworks are handled with care and respect.

  4. Basic Art Handling Tools

    • Overview of Tools: Introduction to the essential tools used in art handling, such as gloves, dollies, and padding materials.

  5. Basic Skills in Art Handling and Preparing Spaces to Display Artwork

    • Handling Techniques: Learning proper techniques for handling different types of artworks.

    • Preparation Skills: Preparing spaces to display artworks, including mounting and lighting considerations.

  6. Common Packing and Crate-Building Tools

    • Tools Overview: Familiarization with tools used for packing and creating crates for art transportation.

  7. Skills Needed to Pack and Crate Artwork

    • Packing Techniques: Developing skills to pack artworks securely to prevent damage.

    • Crate-Building: Learning how to build crates tailored to the specific needs of different artworks.

  8. Skills Needed to Safely Transport Art

    • Transportation Methods: Understanding the best practices for transporting art locally and internationally.

    • Safety Protocols: Implementing safety protocols to ensure artworks are transported without damage.

  9. Other Related Skills

    • Inventory Management: Keeping accurate records of artworks during transportation and storage.

    • Installation Skills: Techniques for installing artworks in various settings, including galleries and private collections.

  10. Common Moving Tools

    • Overview of Moving Tools: Introduction to the tools commonly used in moving artworks, such as lifts and protective wraps.

  11. Art Handling Guidelines

    • Best Practices: Comprehensive guidelines on best practices for handling art to maintain its integrity.

  12. General Notes on Art Handling

    • Handling Considerations: Important notes on handling different types of materials and art forms.

  13. Handling 2D Objects

    • Specific Techniques: Techniques for safely handling and transporting two-dimensional artworks, such as paintings and prints.

  14. Handling 3D Objects

    • Handling Sculptures: Methods for managing three-dimensional artworks, including sculptures and installations.

  15. Moving and Packing Objects

    • Packing Strategies: Strategies for packing objects securely for transport.

    • Moving Techniques: Techniques for moving objects without causing damage.

  16. Things to Remember When Handling Art: Tips from the Pros

    • Professional Tips: Advice and tips from experienced art handlers to enhance safety and efficiency.

  17. Common Art Handling Equipment

    • Equipment Overview: Detailed information on the equipment commonly used in the art handling industry.

  18. Common Hardware

    • Hardware Essentials: Overview of essential hardware for art handling and installation.

  19. Materials Index

    • Materials Guide: An index of materials used in art handling, packing, and transportation, with descriptions and uses.

  20. Technical Resources

    • Additional Resources: Access to additional technical resources for further learning and skill development.

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Join Us

Are you a young individual from an urban community seeking a rewarding career in the art logistics field? The Fine Arts Apprenticeship Program is your gateway to success. Apply now to embark on a journey that will shape your mind, body, and vision towards a fulfilling career in the art industry.

Contact Us

For more information about the Community Arts Assistance Program and the Fine Arts Apprenticeship Program, please reach out to us

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