Clackamas County Arts Alliance’s Youth Arts for Change Program (YAC) provides mentor-based art workshops for underserved and vulnerable youth in Clackamas County. Using art as a catalyst, YAC opens doors to a brighter future and exposes youth to the power of creative expression while helping them forge positive connections with their community.

YAC’s current workshops include Theatre, Drawing and other forms of visual art. Each are based upon youth using creative skills to tell their own stories, giving voice to their experiences, hopes, and challenges. All workshops are 6-10 weeks long and culminate in a final performance or exhibit, providing participating youth an opportunity to share their work with the community.

YAC is currently holding two calls for Teaching Artists, both with a deadline of Thursday, July 6, 2017

(1) We are currently seeking Teaching Artists with a focus on Photography to teach an 8-10 week program that will meet twice weekly after school in the fall of 2017 in Estacada.
The selected Teaching Artist will lead workshops of 12-15 Middle School youth in using photography as a creative and expressive medium to share their voices and stories. Interested Applicants should submit the following:
• Cover Letter
• Resume/CV
• Three references
• 5 samples of work
• Proposed class subject matter, including a brief outline describing your approach to workshop structure, along with your ideas for a final exhibition and community presentation of the youth’s work completed during the workshop.

 (2) YAC is also opening its Teaching Artist Roster, used as the source to fill vacancies in the various YAC workshops as they arise. 

Artists with teaching experience and interest in the YAC program are invited to submit their qualifications to be placed on the YAC Teaching Artist Roster, in the following disciplines:
• Theatre
• Drawing and painting
• Murals – all media
• Spoken word, Poetry, Rap

Teaching Artists interested in being included in the Roster should submit the following: 
• Cover Letter, 
• Resume/CV, 
• three references 
• 3-5 samples of work (visual artists and writers).

Requirements for both Calls:
• Teaching experience with Middle or High School age youth
• History of artistic accomplishments (performances, exhibitions, publications)
• Ability to pass a background check
• Student-guided teaching philosophy
• Capacity to be flexible and adapt quickly to individual student needs as they arise 
• Willingness to work collaboratively with the Arts Alliance and partner organizations to plan and assess workshop and final event.

Preferred skills for both calls:
• Experience working with underserved or vulnerable youth, including youth involved in the juvenile justice system
• Knowledge of Restorative Justice principles and youth risk/protective factors is a desirable advantage.

For additional information about YAC and the Clackamas County Arts Alliance please visit clackamasartsalliance.org.

Questions? Contact Lisa Smith, Youth Arts for Change Program Coordinator, at lisa@clackamasartsalliance.org  
No phone calls please!