Employer Spotlight: ArtistYear

We connected with a representative from ArtistYear who’s sharing some information with us about their background and being successful at ArtistYear organization.

I majored in Fine Arts & Photography in college and always knew I wanted to find a way to merge my love for the arts and giving back to communities. This is why I now work for ArtistYear, an AmeriCorps partner and arts education nonprofit. Currently, we have received more funding for AmeriCorps service year positions and we would love to recruit any arts graduates who are interested in being a teaching artist and serving Title I & low income public school communities.

ArtistYear is dedicated to addressing inequities in Arts Education for K-12 students. To ensure that every low-income student in America has the opportunity to reap the social-emotional and academic benefits associated with arts learning, ArtistYear created the first National AmeriCorps program for artists to serve our nation. We develop, support, and place exceptional Fellows as full-time Teaching Artists at low-income schools. This innovative strategy significantly bolsters arts education for our nation’s most vulnerable youth, while improving student academic and socio-emotional development, enhancing school climate and capacity, and developing a new generation of Citizen- Artists steeped in national service.

There is no one size fits all service experience with ArtistYear, but you can expect to work within a school alongside a partner teacher in the school community. You will be expected to help bolster arts instruction and provide support. A full-time (40 hours) service week in a Title I school, inclusive of:

-Direct teaching and school common-time hours

-Communication, meeting, planning, and preparation hours

-Student performance or exhibition hours

-Training and professional development requirements for school site and ArtistYear

-Designing and teaching standards-based aligned arts education to disadvantaged youth, that inspires active youth citizens and supports school culture and goals, as well as ArtistYear’s standards.

-Preparing and executing high quality, student-centered gallery openings, performances and/or community arts events that highlight student process and achievement, enhance school climate, and engage the broader community.

-Regular communication, meetings, and collaboration with parents, school staff members, and ArtistYear leadership.

-Assisting school partner faculty members as requested; stepping in as an emergency substitute art or music teacher at a school site if requested.

-Completing required documentation and records for school site and ArtistYear, such as daily virtual standup participation, blogging responsibilities, timekeeping, assessment protocols, and lesson plans. Full attendance and participation in all required professional development and training, including ArtistYear’s intensive Orientation & Training Institute during late summer. Receiving and implementing regular and supportive performance feedback from ArtistYear leadership and/or a school site supervisor.

We celebrate diversity, and have affinity groups for our AmeriCorps Fellows. For example, we currently have an affinity group for LGBTQI+ Fellows & Allies and BIPOC Fellows. Additionally, we have groups that are divided based on Artistic Disciplines where Fellows can collaborate with one another based on their own artistic specialty.

We look for applicants who possess the following characteristics: Dedication to the highest level of artistic excellence, deep commitment to service and belief in the artistic potential of every child. Strong work ethic and sense of self: Capacity to motivate and lead others; Aptitude for organization, self-motivation, and problem-solving; Ability to remain flexible and manage changing priorities and demands on time; Facility with and a love for creative thinking; Functional excellence in artistic, academic, professional, and/or volunteer settings. Exceptional judgment: Interpersonal maturity, compassion, and wisdom; Confidential behavior and discretion; Respect for individual’s and diverse experiences; Ability to work effectively with people of all backgrounds and experiences. Effective communication: Easily engages others and demonstrates genuine interest in the thoughts, ideas, and opinions of others; Speaks to the level, needs, and interests of a particular audience; Comfortable with public speaking, writing, preparing presentations and/or speeches; Possesses the ability to actively listen.

We are currently accepting applications! If you’d like to be considered to serve beginning as soon as January 2022, please submit your application no later than November 29, 2021! You can learn more about the application & how to apply at https://app.getacceptd.com/artistyear !

By Monique K. Turrentine Holmes
Monique K. Turrentine Holmes Associate Director, Employer Relations Monique K. Turrentine Holmes