Program: Education Fellowships
Our expanded Education Fellowship program awards free 2-3 month residencies in exchange for extensive participation in the Wassaic Project’s education programming, which connects the local community to contemporary artists and artistic practices. Recipients of Fall and Spring Education Fellowships will work primarily as Teaching Artists in our Wassaic X Webutuck program, which builds critical thinking and creative problem solving skills through collaborations between emerging artists and public high school students. Recipients of the Summer Education Fellowship will work as Teaching Artists and facilitators in many of our summer programs including Art Scouts, a free summer camp for K-6th graders, and Art Nest, our drop-in making space. All Education Fellows will gain extensive curriculum-building and teaching experience.
Education Fellows are required to work 15-20 hours per week during the period of their residency. The hours will vary each week depending on the timeline and scope of the projects.
In their primary role as Teaching Artist for The Wassaic Project’s education programs, the Winter Education Fellow(s) will work with the Wassaic Project’s Education Director to design and lead an art project that explores contemporary artistic themes and practices with a local public school or community group. The Fellow and Education Director will first meet with the partnering group and begin planning the project. Each project will vary in scope depending on what is agreed upon by all the collaborators. Partners include: The North East Community Center (we work with their junior high and high school clubs after school), Webutuck School (we work within their elementary and high school classes), Stissing Mountain High School (we work within their classes), The Arc of Dutchess (a group of adults on the spectrum who come to our site during the day), Cornwall Consolidated Elementary School (we work at their site after school), Salisbury Central Elementary School (we work at their site after school) and The Kildonan School for Empowering Dyslexic Students (they come to our site as part of their community service initiative). If none of these partnerships are scheduled during certain Fellowship time blocks, the Fellow has the option to develop programming in the Art Nest for the community, as well as provide guest artist lectures to the community.
Summer Education Fellows will work in many different areas of our summer education programming. The Summer Fellow will be a Teaching Artist for our Art Scouts camp, a 4-session artist-led program where kids make art inspired by the Wassaic Project Summer Exhibition. They will also assist the Education Director in managing the Art Nest, the Wassaic Project’s drop-in making space which is open to the public three days a week. In addition, the Summer Fellow will design and lead community workshops, including a workshop for some of our Summer Festivals, and work with our team of High School Interns. The fellow will also assist with our Teen and Adult Printmaking workshops.
Fellows must have at least one year of teaching experience and experience working with K-12 populations. Fellows’ artwork must be appropriate and translatable to K-12 audiences. Interested applicants must submit the standard Wassaic Artist Residency application as well as answer additional questions specific to the Education Fellowship (see below).
Please contact Education Director Tara Foley at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
- What teaching experience do you have and why is working with youth important to you? Please describe your experiences in detail, especially those that deal with connecting this age group to contemporary art? (500 words max)
- If you were asked to create a hands-on project that translated some aspect of your own practice to children, what would you do? (200 words max)
- Why do you want to be an Education Fellow at the Wassaic Project? (200 words max)