Call for Latinx Teaching Artists
How I Became an Artista (HIBAA hereafter) is a cultural literacy program organized by CALA Alliance that introduces K–12 students in the Metro-Phoenix region to the life and work of Latinx, Indigenous, and Latin American artists. CALA’s cultural literacy program creates vital spaces for community members, youth, and otherwise, to engage in cultural learning through humanistic investigation, dialogue, and expression. In so doing, CALA’s program acts as a catalyst to grow community understanding of contemporary social issues from Latinx, Indigenous, and Latin American perspectives.
Established in 2011, HIBAA has reached thousands of youth in schools and virtually. Past programs focused on the life and work of Mexican artists Diego Rivera (The Diego Project: 2011–2013), Frida Kahlo (The Frida Project: 2014–2016), and Eduardo Terrazas (Paper Weaving Virtual Workshop: 2021). Other programs focused on figures like Celia Cruz (The Celia Project: 2017) or Mexican codices (Bookmaking Virtual Workshop: 2021).
The dynamic conditions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic have allowed CALA to pivot to provide more robust digital offerings strategically. While CALA is primarily known for successful, community-building in-person events, we have now shifted these programs to be offered to a more diverse and expansive audience. In this way, CALA’s signature programs, such as HIBAA, have now been expanded through hybrid models, furthering our mission to bring accessible programming directly into the homes of our constituency.
In 2022 CALA will offer HIBAA in a hybrid model. We will continue working with teaching artists and placing them directly in schools. CALA will also continue to provide at-home, virtual workshops with teaching artists and in-person community-based art labs. In this way, HIBAA’s reach now expands far beyond the classroom and reaches the homes of our communities.
At this time, CALA seeks applications for teaching artists for both in-person and virtual instruction. For in-person, in-school instruction and community-based art labs, CALA will only consider those based in the Metro-Phoenix region. For virtual instruction, CALA is seeking applications from across the United States.
JOB DESCRIPTION AND REQUIREMENTS
CALA seeks creative, innovative, and qualified Latinx teaching artists with an emphasis on the visual arts. Other disciplines will be considered.
For in-classroom instruction teaching models, a teaching artist in the visual and performing arts field is paired with K–12 art classes and acts as the instructor for the entire semester-long program. Residencies take place during the school day, with each instruction semester including eight 50-minute sessions. Teaching artists must assemble a lesson plan in consultation with school partners and provide a list of materials.
For community-based art labs, teaching artists lead workshops with community members. They teach students about Latinx and/or Latin American artists’ historical legacies. Teaching artists must assemble a project description in consultation with CALA staff, provide written instructions, and a list of materials.
For virtual art labs, teaching artists host live events via Zoom. They teach students about Latinx and/or Latin American artists’ historical legacies. Art kits are paid for by CALA and distributed for free on specific days, where community members are invited to pick up kits and virtually attend the workshop from home. Teaching artists must assemble a project description in consultation with CALA staff, provide written instructions, and a list of materials.
This position is a contracted position.
TEACHING ARTIST REQUIREMENTS:
- Skills/training and experience in visual arts
- A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience
- Arizona Fingerprint Clearance Card (For in-classroom instruction only. If you don’t have one, you must be willing to get one by the program start date.)
- Strong communication skills to effectively interact with students, parents, teachers, and administrators
- Able to work independently as well as collaboratively on projects with staff and students
- Must have reliable transportation (In-person instruction only)
- Must have reliable computer, audio, and technological equipment (Virtual teaching only)
- Must be willing to attend meetings and complete paperwork in addition to teaching classes
- Sense of humor, flexibility, and a positive attitude essential
HOW TO APPLY
All interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and at least two references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are due by September 19, 2021, by 11:59 PM.