Monday, August 23, 2004

DCAC Gallery's Call For Artists!

Please send 8-10 slides or a CD of images, along with a resume, artist statement, and a stamped return envelope (for slide return) to:

Karey Kessler
Gallery Manager
District of Columbia Arts Center
2438 18th Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20009

A Visual Arts Committee made up of selected curators, the gallery manager, and the director of DCAC will work together to review the slides.

Teaching Opportunity for Artists

The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC) is working with Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) to bring after school art programs to selected MCPS elementary schools located in Silver Spring, Wheaton and Gaithersburg.

The AHCMC is seeking proposals from artists or arts organizations interested in teaching as part of this program. Individual artists must live in Montgomery County or be associated with a Montgomery County based art organization. Artists of all kinds are being sought, including actors, visual artists, dancers, musicians, and writers. Artists must be over the age of 21 to be eligible. Background checks including fingerprinting will be required.

Artists will teach twice a week for one hour immediately after school. There will be both a fall and a spring session, and artists are encouraged to apply for either or both of these sessions. The fall session will begin the week of October 11 and continue through the week of December 6, 2004 for a total of eight weeks. The spring session will run for ten weeks, beginning the week of February 28 and continuing through the week of May 9. Individual classes will be no larger than fifteen students. Classes will be held separately for children in 1st through 2nd grades and 3rd through 5th grades.

Participating artists are required to attend training sessions to be held from 10 am to 4 PM, October 2 (change of date), and from 7 to 9 PM on October 19. Artists will be paid additionally for this training at a rate of $20 per hour. The training will focus on connecting the academic curriculum with the after school arts program. Learning objectives to be addressed may include the following skills: recognizing cause and effect, making predictions, understanding numbers and computation, problem solving, conflict resolution and building self-esteem. Previous teaching experience, which may include school residencies or after school programs, is required.

STIPEND: Artists will receive a stipend for teaching. The stipend is intended to cover the cost of the artist/teacher salary, any assistance the artist may wish to hire, and all supplies and materials needed to conduct the class.

Stipend for the eight-week fall 2004 class: $1,200.

Stipend for the ten-week spring 2005 class: $1,500.

APPLICATIONS INFO: Call or email Nancy Sausser, Arts in Education Director/AHCMC at 301-565-3805, or Peggy Feeney, Project Specialist, 21st Century/MCPS at 301-230-0660,