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ArtsWestchester invites Hudson Valley Region artists who work in 2D, 3D, digital, performance and new media to submit proposals to create new work that considers the complexities of writing (or rewriting) history. Commissioned works will be included in ArtsWestchester’s exhibition, “Who Writes History?” where three (3) Artists will be selected to realize their project and be awarded $2,500.
Supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, “Who Writes History?” is an exhibition of new work that will address the complexities of writing (or rewriting) history. Commissioned artwork created by Hudson Valley artists will be exhibited in context with a diverse roster of artists from beyond the region to explore how images and language (together and independently) shape our collective memory and mainstream narratives related to race, gender, and politics. The exhibition seeks to bring marginalized stories to the fore in an effort to work towards a more inclusive recounting of the past and present.
“Who Writes History?” will open in ArtsWestchester’s gallery in November, 2021, with parallel online components and public programs. Proposed artworks should seek to shed light on the histories of marginalized peoples, groups and localities, have a Hudson Valley regional interest, and be well-researched. ArtsWestchester particularly encourages compelling projects that centers local histories of enslaved Africans and Indigenous peoples. Historic Hudson Valley has offered to provide access to its archives and staff for artists who are committed to work addressing the history of enslaved Africans.
ArtsWestchester will consider work in all media including, but not limited to: painting, photography, ceramics, paper, plastics, metals, wood, lighting, and fibers. Artwork may be kinetic and/or interactive, or be site-responsive. Proposals should take into account the artwork will be viewed by and accessible to audience of all ages and backgrounds.
ELIGIBILITY: Artists must be at least 18 years of age and reside, work, or maintain a studio in the Hudson Valley Region (Westchester, Dutchess, Rockland, Orange, Sullivan, Putnam, and Ulster Counties) and NYC Metro Area of New York State.
To read more about this opportunity, or to learn more about ArtsWestchester, click here.
2021 TEACHING ARTIST ROSTER
NEW DEADLINE: FRIDAY, October 1, 2021 at 5 PM
OVERVIEW & GUIDELINES
What is a teaching artist roster?
ArtsWestchester administers a Teaching Artist Roster. It is an online resource for schools and community agencies who want to work in collaboration with an artist and conduct an artist residency.
What is an ‘artist residency'?
An artist residency is a highly structured, multi-session workshop that fosters learning in and through the arts. Generally, workshops are sequential, each session building upon the previous ones. Teaching Artists develop and implement residencies in collaboration with educators or, in the case of human service and community agencies, with the site staff. In schools, residencies serve as an instructional tool, helping students to master core curricula content in other subjects as well as addressing the Common Core Standards in the Arts. In day-care centers, after-school programs, mental health facilities, shelters and other community settings, residencies foster cognitive, developmental, social and individual skills and abilities basic to success in school, in life, and in the workforce.
Who can apply to be included in the Teaching Artist Roster?
Artists of any discipline who live or maintain a studio/performance space in the New York-Tri-state area.
What criteria must be met?
Must be an active professional· Must have current body of recent work· Demonstrate ability to work collaboratively with schools and community agencies· Must have strong verbal and communication skills· Knowledge and understanding of curricula and the needs of particular groups, e.g., pre-school, children, seniors, teens, individuals with disabilities, etc. · Experience conducting residencies/hands-on workshops.
How does an artist apply for the program?
Complete the Teaching Artist Roster application through ArtsWestchester's Submittable portal.
What is the selection process?
ArtsWestchester secures an independent panel of professionals in the field to review all applications and recommend artists to the Teaching Artist Roster that are qualified to conduct art programs in schools and community sites. In addition to reviewing the application, the panel convenes 5-6 weeks after the deadline for a brief interview with each candidate. Candidates will be informed in advance of their interview date and time.*
What kind of remuneration can an artist anticipate?
It is the responsibility of the artist to negotiate their payment with the school and/or community site. However, based on current industry trends, the Teaching Artist panel recommends the following fee structure:
- $350 per full day (three to five hours, including set-up and clean-up time),
- $200 per half day (one to three hours, including set-up and clean-up time),
- $150 per planning session (1-1 ½ hours)
- $150 per wrap up session (1-1 ½ hours)
How will an artist know their status?
On behalf of the Teaching Artist panel, ArtsWestchester will inform all candidates their status by letter 5-6 weeks after the interview process.
What happens if an artist is accepted onto the Teaching Artist Roster?
After receiving the welcome letter and attending a recommended new artist orientation, the artist now qualifies to be listed as a Roster Teaching Artist for opportunities to partner with schools and community sites. Please take the necessary steps to get fingerprinted. Many schools and community sites require that an artist has been cleared/fingerprinted by the New York State Education Department in order to conduct on-going programs at their sites. Failure to be fingerprinted can/will result in a lost opportunity to work in a school or community site. Many schools and community agencies administer residency programs in partnership with artists. These entities select the artists through recommendations and other resources, one of which is the Teaching Artist Roster. If selected by a school and/or community agency, artists will have the opportunity to sharpen their teaching skills by conducting educational art programs and supplement their income while continuing their professional growth.
What happens if an artist is not accepted?
If not accepted into the Teaching Artist Roster, the artist may reapply at a later date. Artists may set-up a consultation with an ArtsWestchester Arts-in-Education staff member to discuss the panel’s feedback on their application.
* If there are an insufficient number of applications, the Teaching Artist Roster panel reserves the right to rollover all submissions until the next deadline. All applicants will be notified of any postponements.
We believe that artists and creatives are at the heart of Westchester’s cultural community. Their work sustains creative projects and fuels our cities and towns with vibrancy. We know that with the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus and implementation of the social restriction measures to contain the spread of the virus, artists in all disciplines have lost critical opportunities to earn income and support their well-being. With this in mind, ArtsWestchester has issued a call to action, seeking donations from our community towards an Artist Relief fund. While we cannot forecast the total amount available through the fund, we will continue collecting donations indefinitely and distributing grants to artists as contributions come in. The number of artists we can support is directly dependent on how much funding is raised. Artists can help this effort by sharing the GoFundMe campaign on their social platforms.
For link to GoFundMe page CLICK HERE.
ArtsWestchester will award grants of $500 to individual Westchester artists who have suffered a loss of work due to Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
Applications will be accepted beginning on May 1, 2020, on a rolling basis. Submissions will be reviewed by ArtsWestchester Staff and the Grants Committee of ArtsWestchester’s Board of Directors.
For questions, email ArtistReliefFund@artswestchester.org. No calls please.
These funds are available for individual professional artists who live or maintain a studio in Westchester County, New York. Artists must be at least 18 years old and be able to demonstrate a realized loss or anticipated loss of income due to COVID-19. Applicants will be required to submit a completed W9 (CLICK HERE).
ArtsWestchester teaching artists, past or current grantees, and artists who have received public art commissions through ArtsWestchester are all eligible to apply.
Artists will be required to supply proof or residence, or proof of studio space in Westchester, New York along with a W9.
Artist Relief Fund awards are a one-time grant. Artists who receive a grant through this program may not apply for additional funding in this category. If more funds are made available, ArtsWestchester may reopen the application to past awardees.
ArtsWestchester Internship Opportunities
ArtsWestchester offers internship opportunities in specialized fields. Our interns gain valuable experience that can be used in future careers such as: project management, public relations, professional writing, team collaboration, leadership and responsibility. ArtsWestchester provides our interns with complimentary admission to arts/cultural events throughout Westchester, where they can help build awareness of the arts.
Our interns enjoy an experience that is both meaningful and educational through creative projects and working closely with the staff members at ArtsWestchester. In addition to contributing to important tasks in specific departments, interns participate in professional development activities and learn the daily operational functions of a successful non-profit organization.
Please fill out our online application for an internship at ArtsWestchester. Internships are available to college and high school students. The deadline for the The Summer 2019 is Sunday, May 19.
Requirements for ArtsWestchester Internships:
- Must be currently enrolled in college or be a recent graduate (internships can be used for college credit)
- Minimum of 15 hours between 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday
- Must attend a mandatory orientation and seven workshop sessions
- Must have a desire to learn about all aspects of arts administration
Skills neccessary for ArtsWestchester Internships:
- Demonstrated interest in the arts
- Detail-oriented, self-reliant, and a fast learner
- Works well with others and see tasks to completion in a fast paced environment
- Excellent Communication skills (both written and verbal)
- Experience with Microsoft Office Suite
- Experience with basic office administration
Principal duties may comprise of drafting assigned articles, press releases and event descriptions, fact-checking stories, editing content, conducting front-end research for upcoming events and projects, helping with our digital operations (submitting articles online, posting calendar events to news sites), expanding distribution of publication outreach, assist in archival of photos and media clips, and offering general assistance to the Editor/Communications Department.
Additional skills and experience encouraged: research and fact-checking skills; is web savvy; can tackle several different projects at once; working/understanding of word processing (Photoshop is a plus). This position is part-time
Web Content and Database Intern
Arts Westchester is seeking a talented and enthusiastic individual with knowledge of and experience working with databases to support various departments and web content. This person will primarily work with our IT/Web Manager in maintaining and implementing updates to current web pages, design & develop new web tools.
Intern duties include, but are not limited to: be able to thrive in a fast-paced, rapidly-changing development environment; helps maintain and troubleshoot existing web applications; creates, maintains, and updates web documents and familiarity with HTML is a plus.
Grants & Government Relations Intern
The Programs Department intern provides administrative support for the Grants and Cultural Programs department of ArtsWestchester. The intern will assist in a number of projects for our affiliate and associate members.
Intern duties include, but are not limited to: data entry with training on the use of Microsoft Access; affiliate and associate member relations; exposure to Westchester County and New York State contract agreements; supervised site visits and other areas of arts and public administration.
Arts in Education Intern
The Arts in Education intern provides administrative support for the school and community art residency program and works closely with the Arts in Education staff. The intern will assist in all aspects of the teaching artist program, outreach, marketing duties, residency planning, and professional development for artists.
Intern duties include, but are not limited to: conducting research; communicating with artists, arts organizations, and cultural sites in Westchester; filing; organizing mass mailings; performing data entry; and assisting with special projects, programs, and events. Position has a flexible schedule with some evening events.
Assist with day-to-day operations of the ArtsWestchester’s Gallery, a dynamic fine arts space in the heart of downtown White Plains.
Intern duties include, but are not limited to: experience at front desk reception of exhibition visitors, fielding phone inquiries about exhibitions and performances, exhibition support including basic registrar duties, database management, research, and special event staffing.
Development/Special Events Intern
This internship offers the opportunity to work with development staff in all matters related to membership, special events, corporate sponsorships, foundation and government grant requests, and major gifts. The ideal candidate should has a Moreover, the ideal candidate must be comfortable on the phone.
Intern duties include, but are not limited to: providing assistance to the Development Department; executing mail merges and preparing mass mailings; entering data into The Raiser’s Edge fundraising database; creating and modifying Excel spreadsheets; phone solicitation; assisting with the planning and execution of major fundraising events, including the annual Gala and Silent Auction; and working on special projects as needed. Position has flexible hours, Monday through Friday with some weekend and evening hours required for special fundraising events.
ArtsWestchester invites artists from Westchester and the broader Hudson Valley/NYC Metro area to submit available artworks for sale or exhibition in our Corporate and Arts for Healing partnerships. ArtsWestchester believes that the arts should be accessible to all people and that artwork enriches any environment – be it classroom, conference room, apartment building or hospital waiting room.
ArtsWestchester seeks original prints, paintings, mixed-media works, photographs, and sculptures of all sizes and media for consideration. Submitted works should be currently available for loan or purchase.
Typical exhibition periods are 6 months to one year. Artists selected for exhibitions will receive an honorarium.
Artists selected for either exhibition or sale to health care facilities will be required to present works prepared to hang per the site's specifications.
By submitting images of your artwork, you agree to have these images included in our proposals to our professional clients.
Preferred subjects: Landscape, botanical, local topography (Tri-state area), abstraction, colorful imagery, seasonal themes.
- Up to fifteen (15) images of available artworks in a .jpg format (or similar). Name the file the title of the work. As we primarily present artwork to our clients digitally, images should be high resolution.
- A corresponding works list including price, title, medium, size, notes on availability etc.
- An artist biography/statement
2021-2022 YOUNG ADULT LEADERSHIP COUNCIL
DEADLINE: FRIDAY, AUGUST 13, 2021 AT 5 P.M.
ArtsWestchester is seeking qualified youth to join its Young Adult Leadership Council which will take place October 2021 through May 2022. ArtsWestchester’s Leadership Council engages young adults 17- 22 yrs. to meet twice monthly to plan, evaluate, attend, promote and develop ArtsWestchester teen programs including current Teen Tuesday & Thursday program as well as learning careers and college readiness skills.
Youth will be required to meet in-person (pending the safe return to in-person gatherings) 16 times total (two times monthly) from Oct - May to be a member the Leadership Council. In addition, youth will be expected to engage in a virtual discussion group as well as to meet virtually monthly one-on-one with a Youth Liaison. The Council will comprise of 15 youth that can serve on the Council multiple years for a maximum of 3 years. An annual stipend of $500 will be provided.
· Good verbal and written communication skills
· Must enjoy the arts
· Must be available on all of the meeting dates listed below.
Leadership Council Meetings:
1. Wednesday, October 13, 2021
2. Wednesday, October 27, 2021
3. Wednesday, November 17, 2021
4. Wednesday, December 8, 2021
5. Wednesday, January 5, 2022
6. Wednesday, January 19, 2022
7. Wednesday, February 2, 2022
8. Wednesday, March 2, 2022
9. Wednesday, March 16, 2022
10. Wednesday, April 6, 2022
11. Wednesday, April 20, 2022
12. Wednesday, May 4, 2022
Leadership Council Requirements:
· Attend all of the meeting dates listed above. Meetings will be held at ArtsWestchester, 31 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains. One date, in the spring, will be held at an alternate location.
· In November, December and February, you are expected to attend one Teen Tuesdays & Thursdays workshop. Workshops are scheduled weekly on a Tuesday or Thursday and you have the ability to choose a date that aligns with your schedule.
· At least once monthly, you are required to engage in a virtual discussion group with your peers.
· At least once monthly, you are required to meet virtually one-on-one with an ArtsWestchester youth liaison.
2021 TEACHING ARTIST RENEWAL APPLICATION
DEADLINE: FRIDAY, October 1, 2021 AT 5 P.M.
OVERVIEW & GUIDELINES
In order to maintain your status on the Teaching Artist Roster, you will need to reapply every fifth year. Please read through the guidelines to ensure that you complete the application correctly.
By what criteria am I evaluated?
Your application will need to meet the following:
- The artistic merit of your creative work and professional accomplishments
- Your ability to work collaboratively with schools and community service agencies
- Demonstrated communication skills (including your ability to communicate your artistic discipline and related activities in written form in your application)
- Knowledge and understanding of curricula and the needs of particular groups, e.g., preschool-aged children, seniors, teens, persons with disabilities, etc.
- Your experience conducting residencies and/or hands-on workshops.
After submission, what happens to my application?
ArtsWestchester staff members will review your application to ensure it is complete and adheres to the guidelines. The completed application will then be reviewed by an outside panel of professional artists, educators and administrators to determine your continued inclusion as a teaching artist. Within 12 weeks of the panel’s review, ArtsWestchester will notify you of your status.
What if I am not accepted?
Participation on the teaching artist program is not static. Some artists choose to take a hiatus; others may need time to update knowledge and develop new approaches. Acceptance in to the program is competitive and depends upon the merit of the application materials you provide as well as current needs in the field. ArtsWestchester encourages you to reapply if your status is not renewed. Whether you’re accepted or not by the panel, ArtsWestchester will notify you.