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Open Scene Community Engagement Workshops – Call For Artists

Open Scene is seeking four artists to lead Open Scene community engagement workshops for twelve youth (ages 16-24) and ten community stakeholders in Urbana, IL.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 5 Dec 2016

In spring 2017, each selected artist or artist group will lead a weekend intensive with participants to explore themes of social justice and/or community development through an art discipline. Activities will begin on Friday evening and end on Sunday afternoon.

This opportunity is open to all professional artists, age 18 or older, residing in the United States. Submissions will be evaluated based on demonstration of artistic quality; demonstration of experience in leading engagement activities, especially for youth and marginalized communities; and appropriateness of method for inclusive, youth-centered, public events.

Selected artists for the Open Scene Community Engagement Workshops will receive a total payment of $3,000 for artist fees, transportation to and from Urbana, food, and lodging. The Urbana Public Arts Program will provide logistical and staff support and incur the costs associated with promoting the events.

Artists will have the opportunity to bring positive change to the lives of youth in Urbana-Champaign, IL. The small and intimate setting of the Open Scene Community Engagement Workshops will allow artists to share their artistic practices and connect directly with all participants. Artists may learn valuable lessons from participating marginalized youth, whose voices are often times diminished in civic conversations. Through leading art workshops and arts-based dialogues, artists may find this experience an opportunity to reflect, research, and grow.

About Open Scene

Open Scene is a partnership between the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center and the City of Urbana, which aims to create a plan for reclaiming the city’s center through arts-based dialogues that directly incorporate the experiences of youth. These creative engagement and planning processes will be anchored at IMC’s emerging cultural facility located in the historic post office building in the heart of downtown Urbana.

Urbana is a community of contrasts. This college town has relatively low unemployment, yet over half of our young African-American men lack jobs. Higher incomes have soared, yet we have the third highest extreme poverty rate in Illinois. In response to this divide, the IMC was founded in 2000 by artists and organizers to provide space, resources, and atmosphere to draw artists and residents together to investigate local problems and design solutions.

Open Scene seeks to enhance the well-being of all city residents through the leadership of one of its most marginalized groups: youth. Our youth are savvy, connected, and creative, yet they are often overlooked in community planning projects. Through a process led by youth, guided by professional artists, and supported by diverse community partners, Open Scene aims to engage all sectors of our community to imagine the future of the IMC within Downtown Urbana as a vibrant space for cultural expression and community change.

For more information, contact ptannos@urbanaillinois.us.

Open Scene Community Engagement Workshops


Residency Arts Technician – Call for Artists

Bemis Center for Contemporary Art announces a call for artists for a Residency Arts Technician.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 30 Jun 2016

Joining the residency program team, the Residency Arts Technician will work directly with artists-in-residence to provide educational and technical support as well as assist in material/service sourcing for the research and production of new artwork.

Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience. Benefit package provided, including medical, paid holidays, and paid time off.

Founded in 1981 by artists for artists, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts supports today’s artists through an international Artist-in-Residence program, temporary exhibitions and commissions, and innovative public programs. Located in the historic Old Market district, the Bemis Center serves a critical role in the presentation and understanding of contemporary art, bridging the community of Omaha to the global discourse surrounding cultural production today.

A founding member of the Alliance of Artists Communities, the Bemis Center’s core mission has been to provide artists from around the world dedicated time, space, and resources to conduct research and to create new work. Frequently cited as one of the top international residency programs in the United States, the technical/administrative assistance and opportunities for intellectual discourse about contemporary art through free public programs such as panel discussion, lectures, and knowledge-sharing workshops. To date, over 800 artists have participated in the residency program.

Alongside the residency program, the Bemis Center presents 6-8 exhibitions each year in approximately 12,000 square feet of gallery space, focusing on contemporary art by national and international artists at all states of their careers. The exhibition program often commissions artists to develop ambitious, temporary projects at the Bemis and throughout Omaha. For example, in 2012, the Bemis collaborated with Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates to create Carver Bank – a community-driven space for exhibitions, performances, and workshops in North Omaha.

For more information, contact jobs@bemiscenter.org.

Residency Arts Technician


Lead Photographer – Call for Artists

Venice Arts seeks a photographer to work on a part-time basis as a teaching artist, Lead Photographer.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 31 May 2016

Working under the direct supervision of the Director of Education, the Lead Photographer has the following, primary responsibilities:

  • Teach 4 photography workshops each academic cycle and one in summer
  • Develop age-appropriate, standards-based syllabi for each class that supports Venice Arts’ curricular goals
  • Interview, place, support, and retain volunteer artist-mentors placed in workshops (generally three per class)
  • Assure the weekly, effective management of all art and media produced by students, using Venice Arts existing protocols
  • Work with the Director of Education to select work for the archive, special exhibits, and web features
  • Assure workshop evaluation
  • Work with youth to prepare projects for exhibition and install youths’ work
  • Identify youth whose work is ready for submission to competitions, and work with them (individually and/or in small groups) to prepare their submissions
  • Work cooperatively with the Director of Education, and other members of the Art Mentoring Program (AMP) team, to assure efficient program operations
  • Other duties as assigned


The ideal candidate is a working photographer with a minimum of two years experience teaching photography to youth; a background in documentary photography, street photography, or photojournalism; and a demonstrated understanding of a broad range of contemporary and history photographers and practices. Advanced degree preferred, but not required.

Those without prior photography teaching experience will not be considered.

The ideal candidate demonstrates an ability to develop age-appropriate, standards-based syllabi, and understands pedagogical approaches that are project-based, highly interactive, and student centered. Must demonstrate an understanding of how documentary and digital storytelling concepts can be integrated into workshops for youth. Experience with multimedia storytelling (image ​and​ audio) and working with video a plus. A high level of computer proficiency required, including being expert with current innovations in digital arts software. Experience working with volunteers and/or training other artists a strong plus.

The ideal candidate is well-organized, detailed-oriented, and able to multi-task. She or he works well as a team member, as well as independently. Must demonstrate a genuine interest in Venice Arts’ mission.

Lead Photographer Salary and Benefits:

This is a part-time (20 hours per week) position with a Tuesday-Friday (afternoon) and Saturday (morning), work schedule. The salary starts at $20,800 with sick ​time and vacation benefits commensurate with the percentage worked, the latter accruing after the initial 90-days and the ability to participate in employee-funded 401(k) retirement plan. Health coverage is not provided part-time employees.

Job opportunity to work with our low-income youth who don’t have accessibility to the arts. You will sharpen your teaching skills, inspire young artists, lead curriculum and class projects, manage youth competitions, hire mentors, and make a difference in the community.

Venice Arts mission is to ignite youths’ imagination, mentor their creativity, and expand their sense of possibility through high quality, accessible media-​based arts education programs. Venice Arts also serves as a catalyst for people of all ages, living in low-​income or underrepresented communities, to create and share personal and community stories through photography, film, and multi-media.

For more information, contact jobs@venice-arts.org.

Lead Photographer