Visual Artist Mentor
- - Youth Arts Initiative
- ORLANDO, FL, USA
- Part Time
Location: Syd & Marianne Levy Clubhouse
701 W. Livingston Street, Orlando, FL 32805
Under general supervision of the Director of Arts Programs, the Visual Artist Mentor is considered a professional, practicing teaching artist and is responsible for the development, direction and management of Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida's Youth Visual Arts program at the Club level. The Artist Mentor will collaborate with the Club program team to design and implement a rich visual arts program focused on pastel/chalk drawing and acrylic/oil painting. The Artist Mentor is responsible for delivering youth centric arts programming shaped with active, real-time influence and input of youth participants on program content and approach. Programming must hold youth to high expectations, provide hands-on skill building with current, professional technology, engage key stakeholders and culminate with high-profile public events.
Provide Professional Arts Instruction to Club youth
• Establish and maintain, in collaboration with youth, an environment of physical and emotional safety
based on respect at all levels.
• Provide hands-on, experiential learning through visual arts based on results of Club implemented
youth surveys and focus groups.
• Lead five six-week arts programming blocks throughout the year: Two in the fall semester, two
in the spring semester and one during the summer. Each program session should consist of skill
development classes at least twice a week for two hours and at least one three-hour open studio time.
• In collaboration with youth artists and supported by other Club staff, organize and implement at least
three culminating events for programs throughout the year.
• Adhere to all requested program evaluation and documentation protocol detailed by Boys & Girls
Clubs of Central Florida.
Develop and Deliver Relevant High-Quality Visual Arts Training
• Provide youth participants with skills and guidance to find their own voices through the visual arts.
• Design skill development and open studio classes for ALL skill levels (non-artists, beginner, intermediate and advance artists).
• Include training in a variety of visual arts media, with specific focus on pastel/chalk drawing and oil/ acrylic painting, as well as other media driven by the interests of the youth.
• Lead skill development/open studio time, and time for peer-to-peer learning.
• Expose youth to the visual arts.
• Encourage youth to build their own portfolios, find their preferred medium and work independently within the group setting.
• Ensure that quality arts entries are developed for the Annual Fine Arts Exhibit program.
• Educate young artists on equipment and proper use of materials.
Serve as a Club Staff Team Member and Youth Mentor
• Participate in all required and recommended Club trainings and staff meetings.
• Serve as an adult mentor to all Club youth.
• Serve as a champion for high-quality arts making and lead professional development workshops/ trainings in the arts for other Club staff across the organization.
SKILLS AND TRAITS:
Professional, Practicing Teaching Artist
• Has earned markers of success in the field of visual arts (specifically pastel/chalk drawing and oil/acrylic painting) and exhibits artwork in public arts institutions.
• Holds a relevant bachelor of fine arts or master of fine arts degrees in the arts, specifically visual arts or equivalent.
• Has worked in a mentorship/teaching role with tweens and teens.
Passion, Commitment and Knowledge of Visual Arts and Youth Development
• Demonstrates commitment and dedication to visual arts, specifically pastel/chalk drawing and oil/acrylic painting.
• Gives compelling testimony to the value of visual arts as well as high-quality arts learning.
• Shows care and concern for youth and their artistic practice.
• Moves others to commit to their work in the visual arts.
• Understands outcome measurement specified for this project.
Relationships and Teambuilding
• Promotes an environment of respect at all levels.
• Encourages youth leadership and decision-making.
• Builds trust and rapport quickly.
• Communicates and collaborates openly, honestly and frequently with all arts initiative staff.
• Expresses self clearly and concisely both verbally and in writing.
• Adapts messages to the audience.
• Presents to others in hands-on, interesting and engaging ways.
• Builds strategic arts alliances and partnerships.
• Able to facilitate, mentor and lead youth.
• Readily responds to youth needs.
• Ensures resolution of problems or issues.
• Establishes credibility and a trusting relationship with youth.
• Asks for, listens and responds to youth needs.
• Creates and communicates tactical objectives and action plans in arts program development.
• Monitors and reports progress as detailed by Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida.
• Holds self and others accountable for completing tasks on schedule.
• Fosters trusting long-term relationships with individuals and arts organizations.
• Assists in problem-solving while building problem-solving skills in others.
• Offers relevant tools, information and recommendations.
• Collaborates on development of deliverables and brings timely closure to work.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
• Holds a relevant bachelor of fine arts or master of fine arts degree in the arts (specifically visual arts and pastel/chalk and oil/acrylic painting) and/or equivalent professional experience.
• Minimum of three to five years professional/public experience in visual arts.
• Has studied pastel/chalk drawing and oil/acrylic painting at an advanced or professional level for more than one year.
• Demonstrated successful experience utilizing current, professional-level equipment and technology related to the visual arts.
• Has experience producing and presenting at professional, high-profile artistic events
• Experience working with youth, minimum two years in an out-of-school/community environment.
• Experience teaching/mentoring, minimum three years, preferably in an out-of-school/community environment.
ENVIRONMENTAL AND WORKING CONDITIONS:
Artist Mentor will have access to a fully dedicated studio space within the specific Club. Youth programming should be the primary focus of the Artist Mentor; however, collaboration with the Club staff should take place to plan all additional programming, professional development and networking opportunities.
Visual: Normal acuity required daily for making color distinction, depth of sight, preparing/analyzing figures, computer use and written records
Communication: Able to express thoughts and ideas in an accurate and understandable manner through verbal and written format with internal and external contacts (8 hours per day)
Movement: Ability to maneuver within work site 6-8 hours per day
Lifting/Pulling/Pushing/Carrying: Able to comfortably move and manipulate up to 30 lbs. of weight
Travel: Required to travel by car to other Clubhouse locations
The information presented indicates the general nature and level of work expected of employees in this classification. It is not designed to contain, or to be interpreted as, a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, qualifications and objectives required of employees assigned to this job.
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