Seeks Mentor Artists for 2020 Project Sessions / Employment

December 9, 2019

Organization Name: Creative Justice

Organization Location: Seattle, WA

Type: Employment

Fee: Free


Each 12-week session of Creative Justice is led by a Mentor Artist with support from program co-directors, guest artists, and partner organizations in the community. The Mentor Artist will lead participants in socially-engaged art activities that examine conditions and issues impacting our lives and communities. The artworks should be grounded in an understanding of the systemic causes of youth incarceration, provide pathways to justice that maintain public safety and avoid incarceration, amplify youth voice in social transformation, and emphasize leadership and community engagement.

Specific roles and responsibilities for the Mentor Artist will include: 

  • Development of anti-oppressive, trauma-informed, culturally responsive arts curricula guided by principles of social practice and community engagement.

  • Leadership of one 12-week project session including 4 hours of instruction (two hours, 2x weekly on Tuesday/Thursday evenings).

  • Lesson planning, coordination with team members, and community partners.

  • Partnering with guest artists and community stakeholders to supplement arts curriculum.

  • Planning and implementation of culminating presentation or public art action at the end of the session.


The Mentor Artist will possess the following qualifications:

  • Significant experience as a teaching artist

  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships with young people, particularly those from communities experiencing oppression

  • Passion for youth voice and socially engaged art

  • Active personal art practice

Competitive applicants will also bring an abolitionist framework, a strong analysis of systemic oppression, a commitment to community solutions to public safety and justice.  A panel of program staff and community members (including youth) will evaluate the applications and make the final decision about hiring, with youth vote accounting for 2x value of adult panelists.

Contract Period:

TBD 2020 project session (13 weeks total), 15 hours per week x 13 weeks at $50/hour, Total Compensation: $9,750

Application Instructions:

Interested applicants should submit materials by 10:00AM on December 9, 2019 to: Applicant materials should include:

  1. A one-page cover letter.

  2. Resume or CV

  3. Work Samples: three to five (3-5) examples of your art practice as email attachments or via website URL.

Opportunity Website

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