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Seeking Artists: Mentoring Young Artists Program

Mentoring Young Artists (peer-to-peer mentorship)

Commitment: sixteen weeks, 2.5-10 hours weekly (approx. 100 hrs)
Terms:
Spring (January 26 - May 11)
Schedule:
Thursdays 5-7:30p, Fridays 4-8:30p, Saturdays 9:30a-5p
Compensation:
$2,000 stipend, snacks, and meals are provided

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 emerging artists with hands-on experience facilitating creative engagements within a contemporary art space and mentorship participation in an informal learning environment during our Saturday youth programs.

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, create a teaching artist portfolio for professional use, 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 spring session will focus on 2D + digital art mediums.

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

  • Thursdays 5-7:30p, January 26-May 11

  • Fridays 4-8:30p, March 30, April 14 & 21, May 5

  • Saturdays 9:30a-1p OR 1:30-5p (based on assigned program) March 25 - May 6

A background check and COVID 19 vaccination are required.

The Union will consider reasonable accommodations to this policy based on medical or religious exemption. Please contact Jacquline Smith at jacquline@u-ca.org for more information if you believe this might apply to you.

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, mixed media, digital media, photography, painting, printmaking

  • 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 $2,000, paid in 4 monthly installments of $500, for the sixteen-week commitment. Snacks and meals 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.

Please complete the form below or visit The Union for a printed copy. The deadline to submit applications online is Wednesday, December 21 at 11:59pm.

All applicants will be notified (via email) of their application status by Dec 22. Interviews will be held on January 7. Applicants selected to participate in the program will be notified by January 10..

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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