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Seeking Artists: Mentoring Young Artists Program

Mentoring Young Artists (peer-to-peer mentorship)

Commitment: fourteen weeks, appx. 7 hours weekly
Terms:
Spring (Feb–May)
Schedule:
Thursday + Friday evenings and Saturday mornings + afternoons
Compensation:
$1,100; flat-rate stipend

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 high-school and undergraduate students (ages 16–20), the Mentoring Young Artists program provides aspiring artists with hands-on experience facilitating creative engagements within a contemporary art space and mentorship participation in an informal learning environment designed for youth (ages 5 and up) and their families. As part of their experiential learning, peer mentors will gain exposure to the local artist community by attending art events, such as gallery openings, open mics, and artist talks. 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.

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; drawing, painting, printmaking, digital photography, digital media, mixed media, culinary arts

  • 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 a flat rate of $1,100, paid in monthly installments, for the fourteen-week commitment. Snacks, meals, and MAT bus passes 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 to request a printed copy of the application. References and a background check are required. Deadline to submit is Saturday, January 22 at 5p for in-person and Monday, January 24 at 11:59a for online.

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.