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Seeking Artists: Mentoring Young Artists Program

Mentoring Young Artists (peer-to-peer mentorship)

Commitment: fifteen weeks, 2.5-10 hours weekly (based on program needs)
Terms:
Fall (July 28 - November 12)
Schedule:
Thursdays 5-7:30p, Fridays 4-8p, Saturdays 9:30a-5p
Compensation:
$1,200 stipend, snacks, meals, MAT bus pass

The Union for Contemporary Art is committed to strengthening the creative culture of the greater Omaha area by providing direct support to local artists and increasing the visibility of contemporary art forms in our community. In every endeavor, we strive to unite artists and the community to inspire positive social change in North Omaha. The organization was founded on the belief that the arts can be a vehicle for social justice and greater civic engagement; we strive to utilize the arts as a bridge to connect our diverse community in innovative and meaningful ways.

Overview

Geared toward youth, ages 15-18yrs, the Mentoring Young Artists program provides aspiring artists with hands-on experience facilitating creative engagements within a contemporary art space and participation as a mentor for younger artists, ages 7-14yrs, within an informal learning environment.

This program offers opportunities to build professional skills and relationships with experienced artists, educators, and staff members while supporting our goal to increase access to the arts for young people living in and around North Omaha.

As part of their experiential learning, participants will prepare mini lessons for youth, lead skill share workshops for their peer cohort, and gain exposure to the local artist community through group outings.

Eligibility

This program is designed for youth, ages 15-18, with a strong interest in mentoring younger artists, and a desire to build community. Please note space is limited and priority consideration will be given to candidates that best meet the interests and needs of the youth we serve. Our fall session will focus on 3D art mediums.

Selected participants must be able to commit to all program meetings as follows:

  • Thursdays 5-7:30p, July 28-November 10

  • Fridays 4-8p, September 9 & 23, October 7 & 28

  • Saturdays 9:30a-1p OR 1:30-5p (based on assigned program) August 13 - November 12

A background check, COVID 19 vaccination, and 2 personal references are required

Responsibilities

  • Interact with youth to facilitate their learning and play

  • Model artistic behavior and studio habits, fostering a safe and creative environment

  • Assist with setup, cleanup, and general maintenance of the youth studios

  • Other duties may be assigned as necessary

Learning Opportunities

  • Gain experience with mentoring, teaching artistry, group facilitation

  • Practice creative problem solving and art-making techniques

  • Connect with and learn from local artists, educators, and nonprofit leaders

  • Learn about nonprofit operations and community-responsive pedagogy

Knowledge + Experience

  • Demonstrate intermediate skills in one or more of the following disciplines; ceramics, sculpture, fiber arts, fashion design, jewelry design

  • Ability to fairly and thoughtfully engage with young artists and peers

  • Collaborative and flexible, with strong interpersonal skills

  • Enthusiasm for the arts and community engagement

Stipend + Benefits

Peer mentors will receive up to $1,200, paid in monthly installments, for the fifteen-week commitment. Snacks, meals, and MAT bus passes are provided.

Evaluation

Open communication is encouraged throughout the program. In addition to weekly check-ins, where peer mentors are invited to reflect on their experience and ask career questions, the mentors are asked to complete a final written reflection to help us understand how we can improve the program experience.

TO APPLY

Please complete the form below or visit The Union for a printed copy. The deadline to submit applications online is Monday, May 23 at 11:59pm.

All applicants will be notified (via email) of their application status by May 26. First-round interviews will be held on June 4 & 11. Second-round interviews will be held on July 9. Applicants selected to participate in the program will be notified by July 15.

The Union for Contemporary Art values diversity. We encourage candidates of any race, religion, color, disabilities, gender, sexual orientation, or national origin to apply.

Mentoring Young Artists application

QUESTIONS
Please CLICK HERE to email Youth Studios Manager Jacquline with any questions.

The Union for Contemporary Art values diversity. We encourage candidates of any race, religion, color, disabilities, gender, sexual orientation or national origin to apply.


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