CityWorks Series / Calls & Submissions

March 1, 2020

Organization Name: Coyote Central

Organization Location: Seattle, WA

Type: Calls & Submissions

Fee: free


Coyote is looking for experienced teaching artists for its Cityworks series. The artists will work independently with 6-8 advanced students ages 13-18. They will be responsible for guiding youth through the creative process over the course of several weekends, resulting in a built and polished public installation. Teaching Artists will design a project proposal in advance, leaving room for youth voice and input. The project should speak to the given theme.

Reports to: bryn mooney, Project Director

Compensation: $35/hr

We are looking for someone who…
– has a powerful work ethic and excellent follow-through
– is a strong communicator with teens, other teaching artists, and staff
– has the ability to stay organized in shared spaces and track project progress
– exudes a strong sense of team mentality
– represents the diversity amongst the students we serve
– prioritizes and teaches through an equity lens
– brings a dynamic spirit to the project and can spark that in others
– cultivates a sense of community
– demonstrates a balance of flexibility and structure
– is passionate and has a deep love for their medium/art form

Teaching Artist should have experience with…
– public art
– working with students from a diverse range of backgrounds
– working with middle-school aged youth
– providing activities that scaffold projects
– norm setting and conflict resolution
– supporting varying levels of experience with a medium among participants in a single group
– managing big-picture timetables

Teaching Artist will be responsible for…
– submitting an overview syllabus of the project and budget 2 weeks prior to start date
– providing daily learning plans 2 weeks prior to the start date
– daily icebreakers, group formers and daily reflections
– ensuring the project is polished and finished by installation / performance date
– installing and breaking down the work, if applicable to the project

The Teaching Artist should at all times, prioritize amplifying youth voice, perspective, and decision-making while challenging youth to reach the highest standards in their work.

Coyote is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to organizational, personal, and systemic growth in equity. Coyote continues to build a teaching artist roster, staff and board that reflect the  diversity and intersectionality of the students we serve. People of color, multilingual, LGBTQ and nonbinary folks are strongly encouraged to apply.

Who: 6-8 youth, age 13-18 who display a particular skillset and/or express a strong interest in the arts.
* Priority will be given to students who are from marginalized communities.

What: Site-specific work of any medium created intentionally for the public

Where: Coyote Central | 2300 E. Cherry St. | Seattle, WA 98122

When: Ongoing throughout the year [Dates TBD]

Why: Cityworks gives maturing youth artists the opportunity to hone and enhance their skills by working
with a professional artist and professional equipment, while exercising their voice and impacting their
community. Students gain first-hand experience of what it means to be a professional artist as well as a
sense of what their own future might be like as a creative professional.

Goals/Values for the project:
– Introduction to the power of public art with a vision for how it could unfold in a student’s future
– Spark community engagement and investment in community (impact/legacy/voice/change)
– Opportunity for advanced artists to continue to hone skills with professional artists and equipment
– Direct opportunity for youth voice/perspective
– Foster collaboration and creativity through the development of ideas around a central theme
– Development of community and SEL skills amongst a diverse range of students in a shared medium.
– Quality, well thought out and produced artwork that represents students and Coyote well

Cityworks is a year-round program in which Coyote youth work with a professional artist to create sitespecific art commissioned by businesses, institutions, non-profits, municipalities and individuals. It is an opportunity for advanced artists and alumni to continue to hone their talents working with professional tools while develop their identity as artists. Creative corps of youth Cityworks artists are created on a
per-project basis. Students are able to opt-in through applications or be recommended by their teachers.

Over two hundred Cityworks artists have created site-specific installations since 1987. They accept the
challenge of tight deadlines and create art with imagination, confidence, and focus. The impact of
having their artwork installed in prominent public venues is considerable, both for the artists’ sense of
accomplishment and for the commissioning organization that supports and values their talents.

Cityworks projects include lanterns for Seattle’s Next Fifty Celebration, a mixed media mural for
Starbucks, a welded bike rack for the Seattle Design Center, the entrance to Powell Barnett Park, and
many more!

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