Latinx Teaching-Artist Fellowship
Application Deadline: Monday, May 1, 2023
Root Division is currently seeking applicants for the 2023-24 Latinx Teaching-Artist Fellowship (LTAF). Application process includes submitting completed Fellowship Application Form and required materials. Finalists must be available between June 8-15, 2023 for interviews.
ABOUT THE LATINX TEACHING ARTIST FELLOWSHIP
In its 14th year, the fellowship provides free studio workspace to two Latinx artists in exchange for being an integral part of Root Division’s Studios Program. In large part, the commitment involves teaching classes two afternoons per week at Mission Education Center (MEC), a K-5 newcomer school for children who have recently emigrated from Latin America to San Francisco.
Working as teaching-artists in residence for the full school year, LTAFs develop and facilitate projects in our My Two Homes curriculum, which guides students in discussions, story-telling, and art-making around their transition to a new home in the U.S. Instruction at MEC is entirely in Spanish, so LTAFs are expected to be fluent in both English and Spanish.
In exchange for an average of 20 hours per month of service with a focus on teaching in our Youth Education Program, the artist will receive:
- Free studio workspace for 12 months in our Studios Program facility located at 1131 Mission Street, SF. (24-hour access; WORK ONLY/ NOT LIVE IN).
- Artist/ Teaching Stipend of $5,000 (Portions paid quarterly based on project milestones)
- Studios Program opportunities including:
- Access to a network of peers and resources for creative and professional development
- Exhibiting in Root Division’s galleries/ project space
- Option to participate in Root Division’s DEI Advisory Committee of Board, Staff, and Studio Artists
Strong LTAF candidates…
- Demonstrate quality and commitment in their art-making and studio practice
- Have a minimum of one year of experience teaching or facilitating projects with groups. A strong teaching portfolio includes culturally responsive curriculum/ lessons.
- Have a passion for working with and supporting under-resourced and/or marginalized groups.
- Show enthusiasm for working individually and collaboratively to serve the community.
- For LTAFs: Instruction at MEC is entirely in Spanish, so LTAFs need strong bilingual communication skills (English and Spanish).
- Have reliable transportation to and plan to make regular use of a studio at our location in SOMA, San Francisco, CA
Awarded LTAF will be asked to commit to an average of 20 volunteer hours per month to the organization from July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2024, with the potential to continue the fellowship for a second year. This includes:
- Time making artwork in the studio
- A minimum of 1-2 weekday afternoons per week to teach from Sept 2023 through May 2024
- Helping produce and attending the New Growth student showcase on May 11, 2024
- Helping produce the My Two Homes booklet.
- Monthly All Artist Meetings (one Wednesday evening per month: July 2023-June 2024)
- Attending & supporting two fundraising events: Art Auction (Oct 2023) & Spring event (Apr 2024)
Please complete the Digital Application Form, attaching the below documents:
- Cover Letter (PDF 1 page max): Please introduce yourself. Tell us why you are interested in this fellowship and the Root Division community. What do you hope to gain and how do you hope to contribute?
- Artist resume and/or Professional resume. (PDF 1-2 page max)
- Examples of your artwork (up to 10 images), with a corresponding image info. (Ideally the images and info are compiled and attached into a single PDF at 10MB max.)
- Artist Statement about your artwork (as seen in images submitted).
- Examples of student work (6-8 images and/or video documentation) from 2-3 successful projects in which you worked with children or youth. (Ideally the images and info are compiled and attached into a single PDF at 10MB max.)
- Two example lesson plans for art projects, indicating the appropriate target grade level(s), between K-8. A strong teaching portfolio includes culturally responsive curriculum/ lessons.
The application process includes submitting completed Fellowship Application Form and required materials. Finalists must be available between June 8-15, 2023 for interviewing with Root Division’s Artist Selection Committee.
OPPORTUNITIES TO CONNECT & LEARN MORE
We encourage fellowship applicants to learn more about Root Division…
- ONLINE: Review the info on our Studios Program page and check out our current Studio Artist cohort. Follow us on social: @rootdivision
- VISIT: Join us for 2nd Saturday events, and especially for New Growth, our Youth Education showcase and family celebration on Saturday, May 13, 2023.
- TOUR: Email email@example.com to schedule a short tour of our studios and facility.
- QUESTIONS: Email Tamara Berdichevsky, Education Programs Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 415.863.7668.
ABOUT ROOT DIVISION:
Root Division is a visual arts non-profit that provides discounted and free studio space to emerging visual artists in exchange for volunteer service in the community. Our mission is to empower artists, inspire youth, foster community service, and enrich the Bay Area through engagement in the visual arts. At Root Division, we are committed to creating and supporting an inclusive, accessible organization that intentionally brings together diverse groups of artists and audiences. We condemn and do not tolerate racist, ableist, homophobic, transphobic, misogynistic, sexist, or xenophobic attitudes, structures, or behaviors.