The Arts After School program was designed to provide arts enrichment to underserved children during the after school hours. Professional teaching artists of various disciplines are matched with a site; then the artist is “in residence” in the site for 12 weeks per semester, for both fall and spring. The typical schedule is twice per week, for two hours, totaling 48 hours of direct teaching time per semester. This program is provided at no cost.
Currently, the program operates in ten sites, including Oklahoma City Public Schools, the YMCA, the First Presbyterian Church, and the Boys and Girls Club. Program expansion is currently under way, with the goal of adding seven new school sites for fall of 2013.
We are looking for teaching artists!
The Community Arts Program was created in the 1990s to provide free arts offerings in community-based settings to underserved, socio-economically vulnerable, diverse residents - primarily school-aged youth, specialized populations, and seniors.
The Arts Council of Oklahoma City is recruiting qualified Teaching Artists (TAs) for the Community Arts Program. TAs will serve as artists-in-residence in public and charter schools, social service agencies, or therapeutic settings with specialized populations. TAs will liaison with the Community Arts Program Director and site staff, but are independent contractors. The Arts Council of Oklahoma City is strongly committed to diversity, inclusion, and innovation. Minorities and artist working in emerging disciplines are encouraged to apply.
Teaching Artist Responsibilities:
- Develop session plans; ensure that content is aligned with and enriches host sites’ learning objectives and outcomes
- Assess participants’ skill levels; ensure that content is age-appropriate and provides an original creative process
- Attend mandatory orientation and training sessions
- Take accurate daily attendance and submit to the Arts Council of Oklahoma City in a timely manner
- Organize culminating events such as performances or exhibitions
- Assist with program documentation and evaluation as requested
- Select and purchase supplies within budget
- Maintain excellent communication with the Arts Council of Oklahoma and the site teaching in
Teaching Artist Requirements and Qualifications:
- Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in fine arts and/or arts education is strongly preferred. University students with strongly relevant experience will be considered
- Experience working with children and/or specialized populations is strongly preferred (Specialized populations include (but are not limited to) the following: children & adults with autism, children & adults with developmental disabilities, seniors with varying levels of memory loss, and healthy seniors)
- Experience working with underserved, socio-economically vulnerable populations is strongly preferred
- Curriculum development experience and/or knowledge of Priority Academic Student Skills (PASS) and Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is preferred
- Experience with and/or knowledge of evaluation and assessment tools is preferred
- A second language is desirable
- Private, reliable transportation is required.
- All applicants must pass an OSBI background check and fingerprint scan
To apply, submit a resume and two references to Sharon Astrin at email@example.com or 400 W California Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73102.