2018 CAP Citizen Artist AmeriCorps Lead Fellow Application
What is the CAP Citizen Artist AmeriCorps Fellowship?
The CAP Citizen Artist AmeriCorps (CAA) Fellowship is a post-graduation teaching fellowship for individuals who have graduated from college within the past four years with a degree in an artistic discipline (BFA / MFA) . The fellowship is assigned for a one-year period. The CAA Fellowship seeks to increase the number of effective educators in Los Angeles County and their ability to deliver critically needed education in the arts for youth who are coming of age under challenging conditions. It provides support and structure to recent alumni who are starting a career in arts education and community engagement, and are committed to CAP's larger mission of ensuring the arts remain accessible for Los Angeles County youth. This initiative gives alumni an outstanding opportunity to engage in public service and prepare for future careers as educators, teaching artists, and more.
What is the timeline?
These positions are open until filled. Please apply early as positions will fill up quickly. Interviews will start the last week in November and continue for the whole month. The tentative start date is March 3rd 2018.
During the Winter and Spring semesters, Lead Fellows learn about the inner-workings of the CAP Summer Arts Program for LA County teens by participating in the summer program’s recruitment and application process. Lead Fellows will meet and collaborate with CalArts Faculty and staff to prepare for an intensive 3 week training session for Scholars in May 2018.
In May and June, Lead Fellows and Scholars will receive pedagogical training in a summer session training, to discuss teaching, mentorship and community engagement. Afterwards, Lead Fellows and Scholars will prepare for their classes by working with their teaching teams and preparing the Community Arts Partnership Summer Arts program (CAPSA) site.
In June and July, Lead Fellows and Scholars will spend 4 weeks in an intensive-studio program working directly with high school students. And finally in August, Lead Fellows and Scholars will then have time to assess their students work and reflect on what they have learned over the course of their Fellowship.
Where will the CAPSA Programs occur?
This year CAPSA will work out of one campus. Our two summer arts programs will occur in Southeast Los Angeles at Susan Miller Dorsey High School and host a Film Academy and a Visual and Performing Arts Academy.
What does it mean to be an AmeriCorps member?
Much like CAP, AmeriCorps values service and education for communities in need. By becoming a CAP AmeriCorps member, you will not have a job, but instead you will be in service with us. You will receive a regular stipend from AmeriCorps that is distributed throughout your Fellowship.
In becoming a CAP Citizen Artist AmeriCorps Lead Fellow, you will be required to serve a total of 450 hours over the course of an eight month period, with the majority of those hours occurring in the summer months.
Upon completion of your 450 hours, you will also be awarded a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of approximately 1500 dollars, which can pay educational costs at an eligible post-secondary educational institutions and/or repay qualified student loans.
What will be my duties?
Fellowship duties include:
CAPSA Recruitment (April-May)
Education Training (March & May)
Teacher Preparation (May - June)
Teaching (June & July)
Student Assessment (July-August)
Post-Teaching Reflection and Documentation (August)
Professional Development of Students and Scholars (ongoing)
Online Journaling & Teacher Portfolio Development (ongoing)
Who is eligible to apply?
To be a CAP Citizen Artist AmeriCorps Lead Fellow, you must:
1. Be 18 years or older on or before the Fellowship start date
2. Be A U.S. Citizen, National or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien
3. Have a High School Diploma or its equivalent.
4. Have a college degree in one of the following disciplines: animation, creative writing, dance, film, music, theater or visual art.
While this Fellowship can be repeated, applicants must apply for the CAP Citizen Artist AmeriCorps Fellowship on an annual basis.
Lead Fellows are selected through a competitive process based on their application and a demonstrated interest in arts education and community engagement. The ideal applicant is interested in:
1. Exploring a career as a community-based teaching artist.
2. Developing a research or artistic practice in community arts.
3. Building a community amongst CalArts students in various metiers.
4. Developing leadership and facilitation skills.