Mural Arts: Teaching Artist Position for SCI Graterford Prison

Mural Arts: Teaching Artist Position for SCI Graterford Prison

This Deadline Expired: Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Mural Arts Philadelphia is a unique public private partnership with the City of Philadelphia. It is the nation’s largest public art program, dedicated to the belief that art ignites change. For over 30 years, Mural Arts has united artists and communities through a collaborative and equitable process, creating nearly 4,000 artworks that have transformed public spaces, people and practice. Mural Arts aims to empower people, stimulate dialogue, and build bridges of understanding with projects that attract artists from Philadelphia and around the world, and programs that focus on youth education, restorative justice, mental health and wellness, and public art and its preservation. Popular mural tours offer a firsthand glimpse into the inspiring stories behind Mural Arts’ iconic and unparalleled collection, which has earned Philadelphia worldwide recognition as the “City of Murals.”

Mural Arts is seeking a Teaching Artist to work for two days a week with an established mural making class of incarcerated men at SCI Graterford Prison located in Graterford Pennsylvania near Phoenixville. Classes take place from 8:30-11:00 am Tuesdays and Thursdays. It requires an hour of travel time from the city each way.

The group of men are all gifted, talented, highly motivated self-taught artists, many of whom have been involved in the mural class for over a decade. The Teaching Artist would be expected to facilitate interior mural projects with the group as well as helping to guide major exterior mural projects that will be fabricated by the group for Mural Arts Philadelphia. The Teaching Artist will also develop an art-making curriculum, which will facilitate skill development and support to the participants enrolled in the program. The resulting work would be exhibited in the spring at Mural Arts’ yearly Restorative Justice Exhibition held at the Thomas Eakins House. The Teaching Artist is expected to abide within the Institution’s guidelines regarding dress code and materials brought into this type of setting.

Responsibilities
· Develop Curriculum in collaboration with Executive Director of Mural Arts to guide the two day per week program. Curriculum can include plans for visiting and guest artists.
· Encourage cross pollination of skills , artistic interests and talent among the participants.
· Support portfolio development to result in work ready to display at Annual Art Exhibition.
· Design and Develop murals in partnership with program participants to be installed at Graterford.
· Coordinate production of murals to be installed in neighborhoods of Philadelphia in partnership with staff at Mural Arts Philadelphia.
· Abide by rules and protocols of a maximum security prison.
· Work in close collaboration with Mural Arts Philadelphia.

Qualifications
· Experienced Teaching Artist
· Ability to collaborate with diverse group of stakeholders
· Capacity to establish rapport with target population (program participants and prison personnel)
· Commitment to principals of Restorative Justice
· Highly organized
· Good communication skills
· Ability to work in unique setting which requires flexibility and ability to follow protocols
· Proven ability to be a good culture traveler
· Driver’s license and access to vehicle

This opportunity is a part time position with Mural Arts Philadelphia. The compensation is $30.00 per hour for 12 to 15 hours per week.

Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to Meg Wolensky at Meg.Wolensky@muralarts.org by April 11, 2018.

For further information on Mural Arts Philadelphia, please visit www.muralarts.org.

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