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Now Hiring! 2018 Artist Fellow in Asheville

November 13, 2017 | By Rachel Zink

Arts For Life Asheville is seeking teaching artist applicants for a 2018 Artist Fellowship at Mission Health, generously funded by the Volunteer Leadership Committee at Mission Health. The Artist Fellowship is a 12-month temporary staff position, with a pay rate of $35 per hour. The Artist Fellow will teach the arts to patients and their family members one day a week for four hours, split between the Pediatric Inpatient Unit and the Adult Oncology Unit at Mission Health. Applicants must be available on either Monday, Friday, or Saturday during afternoon hours to be eligible for the Fellowship.

The ideal candidate:

  • Has extensive teaching experience in the visual arts, with both youth and adults
  • Proficiency in a wide range of artistic mediums and mastery in at least one
  • Is highly adaptable and thrives in nontraditional educational settings
  • Has a high level of comfort in healthcare settings, particularly inpatient

To apply:

  • Fill out the online application by 5:00PM on Friday, December 1, 2017.
  • Must be able to provide a link to an online portfolio or upload a PDF.
  • Must provide a letter (PDF, not to exceed 1 page) that explains why you would be a great fit for the Fellowship, highlights relevant experience in both artmaking as well as teaching youth and adults, and describes the type of projects you would teach in the hospital setting.
  • Must provide 3 professional references.
  • Must provide 2 examples of projects taught to either youth or adults.
  • Must be available on one of the following dates for a mandatory in-person hospital orientation session: January 4 / January 22 / February 12

Interviews will be held on Thursday, December 14. Anticipated start of the Fellowship is early February; training will take place in January. Artists working in any visual arts medium are encouraged to apply. Please inquire if you have questions about your medium in the hospital setting. Clay is not permissible.

People of color, people with disabilities, and people from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply! Arts for Life values diversity and actively seeks to recruit talented staff from diverse backgrounds. Arts for Life is committed to equality of employment and does not discriminate against applicants or employees based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status.

More info about the Fellowship:
The Arts For Life Artist Fellowship Program recruits, hires, trains, and supervises professional and emerging artists in teaching visual arts, creative writing, and music to young patients undergoing treatment for serious and chronic illnesses.  The Fellowship Program engages the local artist community – building bridges between the arts and healthcare – while providing new, unique, and advanced arts techniques to our patients and families.
The Artist Fellowship concludes with a special project designed to feature the Fellow’s work with patients and families.  For example: an art show at a local gallery, a book of poetry to share with families, funders, and the community, a CD of songs with lyrics inspired by young patients’ poetry.

Examples of past successful Fellowships:

  • Sculpture
  • Printmaking
  • Poetry
  • Painting
  • Creative Writing
  • Photography

The Fellowship Program enables many young patients to:

  • Stay active
  • Interact with their peers
  • Develop new skills
  • Build self confidence
  • Better cope with their illness

Benefits of the Fellowship Program for Artists include:

  • Extensive training program in working with our special populations
  • Financial compensation for their work
  • Opportunities to use their skills to positively impact families in need
  • Provides opportunities for personal and professional growth