NATIONAL SERVICE FOR CITIZEN-ARTISTS.
ArtistYear is the first national AmeriCorps program for artists to dedicate themselves to a year of service to our country.
WHY WE EXIST
4 million disadvantaged youth in our nation do not have access to arts education (National Endowment of Arts). Yet research shows when underserved students are involved in the arts, they reap significant academic, social, and personal benefits. ArtistYear’s mission is to address this Arts Education Gap by ensuring every underserved student in America has arts education through a National Service Arts Corps.
WHAT WE DO
We do so by developing, supporting and placing exceptional ArtistYear AmeriCorps Fellows–recent higher-education arts graduates across artistic disciplines including actors, creative writers, dancers, designers, filmmakers, musicians, photographers, and visual artists –as full-time Teaching Artists at low-income schools. Once placed in a low-income school with a partner teacher, each Fellow provides 1700 hours of arts education, deepening the quality of, and exposure to, arts standards via “Push-In” Classes (integrating arts with other subjects), Arts Clubs (arts programming linked to school-day curriculum) and Arts Interventions (small group sessions for off-track/at risk youth).
This innovative strategy significantly bolsters arts education for our nation’s most vulnerable youth, with all its attendant benefits, while also improving student academic engagement, enhancing school climate and capacity, benefiting the larger community, and underscoring the importance of service for the next generation of Citizen-Artists.
WHAT IS THE 2021 COHORT APPLICATION TIMELINE?
Our rolling application process is open! We are currently accepting applications for 2021-2022 in the following locations*:
- The Borough of Queens, New York
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- The Sandhills, North Carolina
- Roaring Fork Valley, Colorado
- MAY 24, 2021 – DEADLINE
- WAITLIST NOTIFICATION: JUN 30, 2021
WHAT IS A FELLOW’S ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES?
An ArtistYear AmeriCorps Fellow’s role and responsibilities during their service year include:
- 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;
- 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.