Call for Applications: WMG Seeks Teaching Artists for Community-based Project, Summer 2012

Woman Made Gallery is looking for teaching artists, art educators, and art therapists of all backgrounds to lead found-object assemblage workshops during Summer of 2012 for our 20 Neighborhoods project.

“20 Neighborhoods” is a community-based project celebrating Woman Made Gallery’s 20th Anniversary. The gallery is partnering with 20 Chicago neighborhood, community-based, and housing organizations to create an art exhibition based on Chicago women’s individual and collective experiences and aspirations for their homes, neighborhoods, communities, and city. Woman Made Gallery will host found-object sculpture workshops for 5 to 10 participating women at each organization’s location, culminating in an exhibition of all the participants’ art pieces, as well as an event series, at Woman Made Gallery in October of 2012.

The project will span a month of workshops meeting once a week for two hours each, plus a one hour orientation with participants, making for a total of nine contact hours.

Teaching artists’ commitment would be to attend a training session at Woman Made Gallery with other teaching artists, prepare, teach, and close up each class, as well as lead one orientation, and attend two events at Woman Made Gallery during the final exhibition. We foresee this commitment as between 20 and 25 hours total. Teaching artists will be paid a stipend of at least $350 for their participation.

Woman Made Gallery will be responsible for developing and providing curriculum, teaching artist training, and all workshop materials and tools.

Workshops will take place over the course of four consecutive weeks in June, July and August of 2012, and scheduling will be based on the needs of both the teaching artist and the organization where they are teaching.

A successful applicant should have:

  • Some experience leading arts related projects, whether in a classroom setting, studio setting, or any nontraditional venue
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to lead discussions about personal and political issues that participants may face in their daily lives, and then facilitate participants’ art making and artistic content based on these discussions

 Applicants do not need to have a background in sculpture or found object assemblage. Women and Spanish-speaking applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.

Qualified applicants should submit to admin@womanmade.org with ATTN: Teaching Artist in the subject line. Please send:

  • Resume or CV
  • Cover letter detailing interest in the project and relevant experience with art education and/or social justice organizing
  • 3 to 6 images of work samples preferably showing both personal artwork, and projects for which the applicant took part in as an educator or leader, jpegs only please

 The deadline for applications is March 11, 2012. Interviews for prospective teaching artists will take place in March and April of 2012, and hiring will be announced in April.

Please direct questions to admin@womanmade.org, or call 312-738-0944

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