ART 180 looks for artists and teachers who want to share their passion for art and community with our young people. Our artists come from diverse backgrounds that have varied experiences with art and with youth.
Every ART 180 program is different, as the artistic medium and project design reflect the interests and skills of the artist(s) leading the program, as well as the feelings, thoughts and ideas of the young people creating the artwork. Each program is run by selected program leaders and assistants and located in our programs around the city.
Program leaders and assistants are compensated for time spent training, planning, in the classroom, and at showcase events.
Program leaders act as experienced guides to young artists exploring their creativity and engaging in self-discovery. Working closely with ART 180 staff and a program assistant, they create a safe space for approximately 15 young people (up to 20) for up to 16 weeks to express themselves through art.
Program leaders develop and implement a curriculum that is designed to inspire and challenge. They build relationships within the group and encourage each participant to learn and grow. The most successful programs are those where program leaders are consistent and organized, yet flexible; where they take the time to ask questions of the young people and listen to their ideas; and where they share their enthusiasm and unique experience as artists.
ART 180 program assistants act as guides to young artists exploring their creativity and engaging in self-discovery. Working closely with a program leader and ART 180 staff, they help to create a safe space for approximately 15 (up to 20) young people for up to 16 weeks to express themselves through art.
Program assistants provide hands-on support in the classroom for a weekly set of structured art activities, which are facilitated primarily by the program leader and are designed to inspire and challenge program participants. Program assistants also play a key role in building the one-on-one relationships that encourage each program participant to learn and grow.
The most successful programs are those where program assistants are consistent, enthusiastic and flexible; where they share observations with the program leader in the interests of improving classroom dynamics; and where they take the time to ask questions of the young people and listen to their ideas.
ART 180 Programs last nine to 16 weeks in length and are scheduled throughout the year. Programs follow academic schedules with sessions starting Fall, Spring and Summer. Additional Winter sessions may be included.
Please check the calendar below for current program start and end dates. (Dates are subject to change.)
For more information, email Vaughn Garland, community program manager, at [email protected].