The Richmond Art Center is seeking a full-time Art in the Community Coordinator to visit sites, provide oversight of program implementation, and supervise the teaching artists and volunteers responsible for instruction at various sites in Richmond and surrounding cities. Working in close collaboration with the Art in the Community Director, this team member will support and help shape the development of new relationships with collaborating organizations, the expansion of our programs, and the implementation of our professional development series for teachers.
- Manage our partnerships with the schools, community organizations and agencies who host Art in the Community programs.
- Supervise teaching artists and volunteers. Give constructive feedback and monitor instructional outcomes.
- Participate in the development or revision of program policies and best practices. Make recommendations based on field experiences and program data.
- Document and report on program implementation (enrollment, instruction, compliance with agreements).
- Implement each program’s budget.
- Monitor teaching artist timesheets, requests for payment and/or reimbursement.
- Assist in the planning and implementation of AIC professional development offerings
- Manage program tools and supplies.
- Generate, review or update AIC supporting materials.
- Coordinate the staffing of AIC tables at community events.
- Other duties as assigned by the Art in the Community Director.
Candidates Must Have:
- A four year college degree or equivalent
- At least two years of experience supervising staff, volunteers, or interns.
- Superior people skills: articulate, self-aware, energized by face-to-face interactions
- Strong candidates will have had 3-5 years of successful experience as a teacher working with children or teens living in low-income neighborhoods.
- Ability to manage multiple programs and timelines independently.
- Excellent writing and organizational skills.
- Attention to detail and accuracy in service of program quality
- Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team
- Experience collaborating with people from a variety of different racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, educational, religious, sexual orientations, gender, and generational backgrounds.
- A driver’s license and reliable access to a working car
- The ability to lift 40 pounds
- The ability to create and modify Google documents, spreadsheets, and forms
- The ability to create and modify Excel spreadsheets
- A graduate degree in Education or the Visual Arts
- Fluent in (spoken and written) Spanish
- Previous experience working at a non-profit
- Previous grant writing experience
- A commitment to the visual arts as a career, field of study or worthy pursuit later in life.
- Resident of West Contra Costa County
About the Richmond Art Center
The Richmond Art Center is a visual arts showcase and hands-on learning center that gives wide-ranging audiences the opportunity to create, see and learn about art. We’re the largest visual arts center in the East Bay, dedicated to bringing art to young and old alike who reflect the diverse richness of our community.
Every year, we serve more than 1,800 students through classes and programs taught by professional artists, both onsite at the Center and offsite at local schools, studios and community centers. Our four galleries allow us to mount rotating exhibitions that display the works of emerging and established Bay Area artists.
The Richmond Art Center is a dynamic arts organization that empowers and transforms individuals and the community through creative exploration, experience and education.
About the Art in the Community Programs
The Art in the Community programs are the traveling educational arm of the Richmond Art Center. Their mission is to bring the art-making experience to children, teens adults and seniors in Richmond and surrounding cities. Its weekly, 2 hour classes are taught by teaching artists and take place in public schools, community centers, libraries and other organizations.
Art in the Community students enjoy two field trips per year to the Richmond Art Center. Their work is shown as part of a yearly Student Art Show. For more information about our Art in the Community programs, please visit our website: www.therac.org
How To Apply:
Please send a resume, cover letter and three professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org The position will be filled as soon as the appropriate candidate is found. It is therefore recommended that you submit your materials as promptly as possible.
Compensation & Benefits
Full time – 40 hours a week.
$18 to $20 per hour plus mileage
Casual and supportive, but professional and productive environment
Vacation, sick and health benefits
NO CALLS PLEASE.
The Richmond Art Center is an equal opportunity employer.
Our Art in the Community program has begun its summer schedule! Thanks to the EdFund
, the summer camps held at Richmond community centers have grown to four sites this year. Artists Marie Kamali and Chris Castle will be teaching at Booker T. Anderson, Parchester, Nevin and Shields-Reid community centers.
Art in the Community Director Rebeca Garcia-Gonzalez shares an update on the conclusion of the Annual Student Show and the beginning of the program’s popular STEAM Camps:
About the Art in the Community Show:
Our Art in the Community student show concluded this Saturday, May 30. The work will be returned to students this week, before public school ends. The work made by Washington Elementary will go on tour, thanks to Point Richmond artist Virginia Rigney. The pieces will be shown at Jubilee and Interactive Resources over the next weeks.
Our Cinco de Mayo parade will never be the same again! Not only was the Richmond Art Center one of the parade’s official sponsors for the first time ever, the partnership between our Art in the Community programs and the Peace and Unity Cinco de Mayo Parade Committee resulted in two colorful floats and lots of community participation.
The floats were designed and built by Latino families from San Pablo and Richmond who attended a free, eight week float design class taught by teaching artists Neil Rivas and Patricia Rodríguez. The idea behind this class was to get teens involved in a civic effort that would encourage them to learn about the parade’s history, submit a proposal for a public art piece, and take an idea through the entire design process. The classes were possible thanks to the generosity of the San Pablo Koshland Fellows and the parade’s steering committee.
The art of more than a thousand students is on display during the Center’s 3rd Annual Art in the Community Student Show, running through Friday, May 29. To celebrate the exhibition’s opening, a free, public opening reception was held on Sat., May 9, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
This year the show doubled in size, featuring the ceramics, digital prints, metal works, prints, screen prints, murals, super hero costumes, floats, paintings, zines, collages, stop motion animation and mosaics of our after school and residency programs. More than 18 Richmond, San Pablo and El Sobrante sites were represented.
Art in the Community Director Rebeca Garcia-Gonzalez shares an exciting update on how the program is engaging Richmond families in support of one of the city’s most important cultural celebrations of the year, Cinco de Mayo:
“Latino families are the students in a new class the Richmond Art Center is offering in collaboration with the Cinco de Mayo Parade Committee, the Latina Center and Richmond High School. The families are designing two floats that will become part of the Peace and Unity Cinco de Mayo Parade. The idea came from the parents and community members who are part of the parade’s organizing committee. They wanted the teens to participate in an art-making experience in connection with the parade’s floats. Such an experience, they believe, can help build community and channel teen energy towards a creative and engaging project. These art classes are free to the students, and are financed in part by the generosity of the San Pablo Koshland Fellows.
An amazing team from KTVU stopped by last month to produce this short documentary about our work. The video aired last night at the Lesher Center for the Arts before a talk by Robert Edsel, the author of The Monuments Men.
We came across this KQED article “How Integrating Arts Into Other Subjects Makes Learning Come Alive” and it’s a pretty good reminder of the importance of our arts programs.
Our Art in the Community program is leading an effort to bring the nationally recognized STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) education to Richmond in collaboration with several local organizations. These programs bring arts back into local schools while embracing the philosophy mentioned in the article: “Arts integration seems to be the best form of differentiation out there because it taps into so many different interests and abilities and forms of learning.”
Another important component of our Art in the Community program is offering annual professional development workshop series to help teachers integrate art into their classroom through hands-on activities. As the article stated, we also acknowledge that arts integration can be a hard model for teachers to embrace if they don’t feel like they themselves are competent artists.
What’s Your Superhero Power? That’s one of the questions our teaching artist, Neil Rivas, is asking a group of 15 students in our “Clavo’s School for Young Superheroes” class at the Atchison Village community center. The students are using art, literacy and digital media to envision themselves as a superhero charged with the goal of helping their community.
The students, ages 7 to 10 years old, are writing out and drawing their superhero origin stories in sketchbooks and will then create the special garments that their superhero will wear. Once these costumes are finished, the kids will visually document their superhero during a photo shoot. All of this work will culminate with the students making a final presentation to an audience of parents, teachers and community members.
Like all of our Art in the Community programs, this class is helping to bring arts education to children who don’t have access to it in their school day. Equally important, this class is also a rehearsal and a way to get kids thinking about the type of work they could do in the future.
Great article in the NY Times that talks about the huge benefits of using art as a teaching tool.
We firmly believe that STEAM (science, technology, engineering, ART, match) and arts integration are crucial in K-12 education. Using art as a tool to teach students about the STEM subjects, ensures that creativity doesn’t fall by the wayside and is an important part of our Art in the Community programs.
When a child learns to think like an artist, she can apply that thinking to any career she pursues, which is why our efforts to bring this innovative initiative – STEAM – to Richmond children is so important. We’re helping our city’s next generation how to think creatively, to be innovative and preparing them for any career they choose.
This article originally appeared in the NY Times, you can read it there as well.
By Henry Fountain
Engineering and art were not always completely separate disciplines. Take Leonardo da Vinci, who seamlessly combined the two.
“Five hundred years ago, you couldn’t really tell the difference between artists and engineers,” said James Michael Leake, director of engineering graphics at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. But education has become balkanized and the field of engineering, in particular, more specialized, complex and math- and computer-oriented. Today’s engineering majors have little room for other pursuits.