What is **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***.?
CREATIVE EXPRESSION FOR VITAL MINDS. NATIONAL SERVICE FOR CITIZEN-ARTISTS.
**MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***. believes that the arts—as vehicles for critical-thinking, empathy, self-discipline, and civic engagement—are imperative for a thriving democracy. Our vision is to develop engaged citizen-artists committed to strengthening the fabric of our nation. How? By providing arts education in Title I schools across America via a national service year.
**MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***. is dedicated to enhancing school engagement, increasing civic behaviors and developing student artistry for vulnerable youth populations: economically disadvantaged students, English Language Learners, and students of color.
We are committed to developing Citizen-Artists
through three critical actions:
Enable a Citizen-Artist National Service Year:
**MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***. is the first National Service Year Organization in the U.S. exclusively dedicated to the arts. Recent higher education arts graduates are recruited, trained and supported to provide arts instruction full-time for Title I schools. These exceptional young artists hold a deep passion for their art form and humanity, and aim to build equity in their local communities through arts education. To ensure quality and relevance, these “**MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***. Fellows” use an adaptable curriculum framework that aligns to the National Core Arts Standards and provides the flexibility necessary to genuinely engage each school community’s voice and vision.
Empower Active Youth Citizenship through Creative Artistry
: Within our issue-based arts curriculum, students respond to, explore, create, and share socially, historically, and culturally responsive content through artistic expression. Classes then apply these 21st century and creative skills as “Citizen Artists”—individuals who contribute to society through art—via community arts events, shows and performances.
Encourage Citizen-Artists Nationally:
By cultivating cross-sector partnerships, value-based leadership, and local-citizen perspectives, **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***. aims to build and support a network of Citizen-Artists to strengthen the fabric of communities across America. By launching an interactive online platform, we will compile and share a wealth of open-source curricula and resources with artists, educators, parents, leaders, community members, and youth.
WHAT IS AN **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***. FELLOW POSITION?
Each **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***. Fellow makes a full-time (40 hours per week) commitment to a Title I school to deliver an issue-based arts curriculum that inspires active youth citizens and supports school culture and goals.
Fellows will ensure the highest quality instruction, meet the needs of the school and students, and support each child holistically.
Fellows will collaborate with school personnel and **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***. cohort members, and will facilitate school community and family involvement.
Each Fellow will uphold the mission, values, and expectations of **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***., and openly contribute his/her service year learnings back to the arts education and national service fields.
WHAT IS A FELLOW'S ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES?
As an **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***. Fellow participating in a Citizen-Artist National Service Year, responsibilities include (but are not limited to) the following:
A full-time (40 hours) Citizen-Artist work week in a Title I school, inclusive of: direct teaching and school common time hours; communication, meeting, planning and preparation hours; Student performance or exhibition hours; Training and professional development requirements for school site and **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***.; **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***. obligations and responsibilities. Hours may include evening and weekend times.
Designing, and teaching an issue-based arts curriculum and strategy that encourages student civic discourse and artistic mastery. This content and pedagogy will meet the needs and desires of school partners and students as well as the standards of **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***..
Preparing and executing high quality, student-centered gallery openings, performances and/or community arts events that highlight student process and achievement, enhance school climate, and engage the broader community.
Regular communication, meetings and collaboration with parents, school staff members, and the **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***. leadership.
Assisting school partner faculty members as requested; stepping in as an emergency substitute art or music teacher at school site if requested.
Completing required documentation and records for school site and **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***., such as 5/15 reports, daily virtual standup participation, blogging responsibilities, assessment protocols and lesson plans.
Full attendance and participation in all required professional development/training requirements, including the **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***. Summer Induction and Onboarding Training.
Receiving and implementing regular and supportive feedback from **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***. leadership and/or school site supervisor on performance.
WHO ARE OUR FELLOWS?
An **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***. Fellow is dedicated to the highest level of artistic excellence, possesses a deep commitment to service and believes in the artistic potential of every child.
Actors, artists, composers, designers, dancers, musicians, photographers, performers, and writers are encouraged to apply.
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR APPLICANTS?
A graduate of an associate, undergraduate or graduate degree program.
You must have your bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university by the first day your orientation and onboarding training begins in July, 2018.
Highly skilled in their artistic craft, holding a degree in a performing or visual arts field (or related field).
For example: Art therapy, dance, fashion design, fine arts, piano, photography, screenwriting, filmmaking, music composition, music education, viola, etc.
A U.S. citizen, national, or legal resident.
Due to the hiring restrictions of our partners, **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***. may only accept applicants who are U.S. citizens, nationals, or legal residents
Able to dedicate 12 months to a full-time national service year.
Able to successfully pass all necessary background checks and clearances for working with youth.
WHO ARE WE LOOKING FOR?
We look for applicants who possess the following characteristics:
Strong work ethic and sense of self
Capacity to motivate and lead others
Talent for adapting to new environments and maintaining grit in the face of challenges
Aptitude for organization, self-motivation, and problem-solving
Ability to remain flexible and manage changing priorities and demands on time
Facility with and a love for out-of-the-box thinking
Sense of humor and easy-going approach
Functional excellence in artistic, academic, professional, and/or volunteer settings
Interpersonal maturity, compassion, and wisdom
Confidential behavior and discretion
Respect for individual’s and diverse experiences
Ability to work effectively with people of all backgrounds and experiences
Easily engages others and demonstrates genuine interest in the thoughts, ideas, and opinions of others
Speaks to the level, needs, and interests of a particular audience
Comfortable with public speaking, writing, preparing presentations or speeches
Possesses the ability to actively listen
WHAT ARE THE FELLOW BENEFITS?
**MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***. supports the professional development and personal growth of each Fellow throughout the year of service. These benefits include:
An annual living stipend.
A stipend to cover health insurance if not already covered by an existing policy.
An educational award of about $5815.
Federal loan forbearance during your **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***..
Regular professional development/training opportunities on leadership, child development, teaching, creativity, writing, arts education and civic engagement.
Mentoring both on-site in your school assignment and through off-site sessions.
Opportunities to network and collaborate with a large range of stakeholders, including local community arts leaders, school district leadership, Service Year personnel, alumni and more.
Exposure to and experience with critical 21st-Century artist skills, including: non-profit strategy; leadership, teaching, advocacy, problem solving and communication skills, and intensive experience in community arts education.
A strong network of fellow **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***. colleagues and friends who will offer support, ideas, and collaboration both during your service year and beyond.
An opportunity to use your art to make a difference in the lives of children and schools.
An opportunity to grow as an artist and citizen.
Job Type: Full-time
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