Resident Artist Mentors will focus in one of two areas: printmaking or two-dimensional media. Resident Artist Mentors will embody our core values of connection, voice, inclusion, leadership and risk by participating in the studio life on a daily basis, creating meaningful relationships with youth, and supporting the healthy operation of an open studio.
Key Responsibilities include:
- Attending weekly program team meetings before studio hours
- Overseeing one of two media areas: printmaking or two-dimensional media; including maintaining supplies and studio equipment, supporting other printmaking and two-dimensional mentors, communicating material needs to NUA staff, and ensuring students are properly trained to use materials and equipment.
- Introducing new media and techniques, support students in learning proper technique, care and use of materials & studio equipment.
- Modeling authentic youth engagement, including using an inquiry, asset-based and supportive approach to meeting students’ needs that promote self-esteem & self-concept of youth.
- Creating and maintaining a safe environment for students to develop their creative practice, including creating a learning environment clear of bias and judgment, and encouraging collaboration. Help maintain a studio space that is free of trash and debris, and is ready for students each day to work and create.
- Building relationships with students and promoting relationship building between students, mentors, and staff.
- Contributing to the New Urban Arts community through participation in exhibitions, events and workshops.
- Reporting to the Director of Programs, the Resident Artist Mentors will work collaboratively and in conjunction with the Studio Organizer and Youth Programs Coordinator.
- Completed at least one year as an Artist Mentor at New Urban Arts
- Demonstrated experience with visual arts discipline(s) either through experience or professional training
- Demonstrated success working in culturally and socioeconomically diverse environments
- Experience and interest in forming positive and supportive relationships with teenagers
- Positive and direct verbal and written communication skills, including proficient and regular use of email communication
- Flexible, inclusive, responsive and can handle stress without contributing to it
Fore more information and how to apply, see attached position description, or email Emily Ustach at firstname.lastname@example.org. All applications are due August 28, 2015. These positions are only available to former artist mentors or arts mentoring fellows.