Archive | January, 2012

Become a Young Audiences Teaching Artist

27 Jan

Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington

Interested in becoming a YA artist?

We want artists who…

– are committed to inspiring the imaginations of young people

– know the craft of their art forms deeply, through study and experience, and have their own dynamic artistic practices

– bring young people into the world of their art forms, and embolden them to explore

– see themselves as learners and teachers, and seek out opportunities for growth

– show a willingness to collaborate

– have experience with, and strategies for, working with the complexities and challenges of school environments

– are based in the Portland metropolitan area

The Right Brain Initiative

We welcome applications from residency and performing artists in all disciplines. We are especially looking for artists who teach residencies that explore ceramic murals, Mexican folkloric dance, photography, and metal arts.  Our programs are based in a 10-county area in Oregon and SW Washington. Schools (especially elementary schools) are the largest populations served, and some programming takes place in community settings. Some of our roster artists also choose to become arts providers for the Right Brain Initiative, through Young Audiences.

Benefits of Becoming a Young Audiences Artist

  • Extensive and diverse opportunities to hone teaching, presentation, and artistic skills, and to network with other artists
  • Reliable  payment for services
  • Stipends for professional development
  • Support in planning and working with schools
  • Program publicity via YA’s website, communications with schools, and the Artist Showcase

Performing artists set their own fees; residency/workshop artists have a standard fee per hour for teaching, preparation, and planning. See the Educator’s Guide section of our website for more details. Note that fees listed on artist pages include YA’s 25% administrative and programming fee.

How to Apply

Our next application deadline is in March 9, 2012. See the Services For Artists section of our website for the application. And if you have any questions, contact Miriam Budner, Artist Programs Manager: Miriam@ya-or.org or 503-225-5900 x226.

source: Miriam Budner

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Been Away for Awhile

25 Jan
Office view from the elevators

Office view from the elevators

So.  I’ve been away for awhile.  The biggest reason…we moved our office.  It all began in October of 2011, when, in an effort to reduce expenses, we started looking for a new space that was smaller and more affordable.  Fortunately, the search didn’t take long, and better yet, we found a space in the SAME BUILDING!  All we had to do was move one floor up.  You would think that would be easy, but moving never is.  The actual physical move went pretty smoothly.  The hard part was coordinating our technology;  you know, getting Ethernet drops to all the desk locations, installing the phone system, moving the DSL modem and getting it up and running, hauling the extremely heavy server upstairs and getting everyone’s computers setup.  Overall, we had a down time during business hours of only a couple of hours.  PHEW!  We’re still setting up the office, but you kind of get the idea from the pictures.  The cool thing;  the elevators open directly into our space, kind of like the penthouses you used to see on TV shows in the late seventies and early eighties.  It’s pretty cool.

The office now has a 360 degree of downtown Portland

The office now has a 360 degree view of downtown Portland

We also had our Run For The Arts program going full board at the same time.  I’m happy to report the schools involved did exceedingly well, raising over $140,000 for arts programming in their schools.  We couldn’t be happier.

If that weren’t enough, we’re working on our annual fund-raiser which takes place on February 11, 2012.  So in October through December, we had to get the save-the-date reminder card and invitation designed and mailed.  I am happy to report we got that accomplished as well.

I’ll have plenty of other things to talk about soon, so stayed tuned and thank you for reading!

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