Call for Local Teaching Artist: Denver, CO
Position: Independent Contractor, Photography Program The Pablove Foundation
The mission of The Pablove Foundation is to invest in underfunded, cutting-edge pediatric cancer research and improve the lives of children living with cancer through the arts.
Pablove Shutterbugs, a program of The Pablove Foundation, teaches children living with cancer to develop their creative voice through the art of photography. In an educational setting, the five-week program instructs children to tell their story through photographs using perspective, light, composition, and technique. Our Pablove Shutterbugs students are taught basic principles of photography while learning on digital point-and-shoot cameras provided by Pablove, and reflect on their work. The cameras are theirs to keep at the end of the course.
Headquartered in Los Angeles, the Pablove Shutterbugs program is expanding nationally. We are partnering with hospitals nationwide to bring the power of photography to children living with cancer in their community. Our goal is to improve the quality of life for children living with cancer by forming a community of learners, introducing them to a new art form, and connecting them to creative spaces in their hometown. Classes take place in facilities such as art galleries, professional photography studios, museums, and other cultural venues. Working with local partner hospitals and the Pablove Shutterbugs staff in Los Angeles, the Local Teaching Artist will administer, facilitate, and instruct students in photography following the Pablove Shutterbugs curriculum.
A hallmark of our program is our flexibility and commitment to learning; should children not feel well enough to come to class, they have the option of receiving instruction at their home or bedside at the hospital.
The role of the Local Teaching Artist in this project will be:
● Participate in virtual or in-person training sessions to learn the curriculum, instructional methods, and age-appropriate strategies in working with children living with cancer.
● Oversee each class to ensure its success. Perform administrative duties including downloading photos, preparing materials, delegating tasks, etc.
● Track student progress, attendance, and correspond with participating families prior to, during, and immediately after the program.
● Work with the local hospital and national office to secure a creative learning space outside of the hospital for children to attend class.
● Recruit and train three to four volunteers who will act as teaching assistants.
● Instruct five classes in accordance with the Pablove Shutterbugs curriculum for
children living with cancer (ages 6-18).
● Administer evaluation tools to monitor the quality of the program.
● Recruit families to participate in the program by tabling at local partner hospitals
● Review student work and select photos for a student exhibition (Gallery Show) to be presented to partner hospital, children, their families, and the local community .
● Work with national office to troubleshoot issues, report progress, engage in on-going learning, and participate in a learning community with other local teaching artists.
Local Teaching Artists are expected to use their own computers and cover their own cost of travel to and from the program site. The national office will provide all cameras (point-and-shoot), supplies and training. The teaching artist will receive a camera to use as model camera while teaching class that will be returned to Pablove at the end of the program.
January- April 2018
-Orientation and 3 Training Sessions (Virtual, via Skype or Google Hangouts) – Assist with student recruitment + securing classroom space
– Preparation for classes
April – May 2018
-Classes (including a graduation) to take place over five Saturdays: April – May 2018 -Wrap-up and Evaluation
● Accomplished photographer with strong command of technique, and a solid portfolio.
● Teaching experience with youth (experience working with special needs children a plus).
● Familiar with local area, with ties to artist communities.
● Must have experience administering programs on different levels; successful
candidates will enthusiastically do behind the scenes work such as make copies, purchase snacks, fill out paperwork, delegate assignments, meet with parents, etc.
● Ability to use and interface with Skype, Google Hangouts, and other technologies.
● Access and willingness to use own computer to upload and organize photos according to program procedures, and communicate remotely.
● Access to and willingness to use own phone to correspond with families, hospitals, community partners, and Pablove national offices.
● Interest and experience in collaborative processes.
● Enthusiastic, flexible, and a great sense of humor.
● Must be able to pass a criminal background check.
For consideration, please send your resume, photography portfolio, statement responses, and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
● Why are you a good fit for the program?
● When working with students, please describe strategies that you might employ
to creatively engage them in learning photography.
● How might you approach the issue of working with kids of differing ages
learning side by side in the same space?
Tagged as: nonprofit, photography, teaching artist
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