CALL FOR TEACHING ARTIST PROPOSALS
Deadline: Friday, May 22, 2017
Skirball Cultural Center seeks applications from visual-arts based teaching artists who will facilitate an 8-10 week in-school residency program for high school students
ABOUT THE SKIRBALL
The Skirball Cultural Center presents programs that celebrate discovery and hope, foster human connections, and call upon us to help build a more just society.
ABOUT THE RESIDENCY
The Skirball’s In-school Residency Program provides students with opportunities to engage with issues that are important in their lives and explore how art can be a tool for social action. It strives to ignite students’ self-confidence, imagination, and sense of agency. Students and teachers work intensively over the course of 8-10 weeks with a teaching artist and Skirball educators to learn basic techniques in one or more creative disciplines. Each residency culminates in a professionally produced, student-created presentation at the Skirball Cultural Center.
MARK-MAKING IN LA: STORIES OF OUR STREETS
What is street art? Who speaks and who decides what counts as art? One class of high school students will embark on an immersive investigation of muralism, street art and the many other rich traditions of public artistic expression across Los Angeles and Mexico. Two Skirball exhibitions presented as a part of Pacific Standard Time: Los Angeles/Latin America<http://www.pacificstandardtime.org/> will serve as an entry point and framework for this residency-Another Promised Land: Anita Brenner’s Mexico<http://www.skirball.org/exhibitions/another-promised-land-anita-brenners-mexico> and Surface Tension by Ken Gonzales-Day<http://www.skirball.org/exhibitions/surface-tension-ken-gonzales-day>. Guided by a teaching artist, students will explore the contemporary relevance of street art and design in our city, creating original work that shares their stories of life in Los Angeles.
TEACHING ARTIST RESPONSIBILITIES
* Develop a syllabus and lesson plan for a series of workshops spanning 8 to 10 weeks, September – December 2017
* Attend planning meetings with teachers and Skirball staff prior to the residency start date
* Meet deadlines for submission of materials
* Facilitate 1 or 2 hour in-school workshops weekly over 8-10 weeks and participate with the class in field trips to the Skirball
* Develop a culminating student-produced event at the Skirball, in collaboration with Skirball staff
The qualified candidate will have professional experience using visual arts to explore issues of social justice, a practice influenced by Mexican and/or Mexican American identity, fluency in both English and Spanish, and at least two years previous teaching experience (experience working with classroom teachers and/or high school students preferred). A successful candidate will be organized and communicative; flexible and able to adapt lesson plans based on feedback; passionate and inspiring with respect to their art form.
[HOW TO APPLY BY MAY 22, 2017, please submit: 1. Cover letter outlining your teaching experience, personal art practice, and experience using art to explore issues related to representation, identity, or civil liberties; 2. Resume or Curriculum Vitae; 3. Documentation of teaching (1 sample curriculum piece/lesson plan); 4. A one page description of your proposed workshop that clearly outlines the participant objectives, a possible weekly sequence of activities, and a description of the end-product; 5. List of dates available to teach workshops over the course of 8-10 weeks, during school hours, between September 25 and December 15, 2017. Please email application to Anna Schwarz, Senior Educator for School and Residency Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line: In-School Residency Proposal]