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.

FELLOWSHIP DETAILS:

Fellows are required to work 15-20 hours per week during the period of their residency.

Fall and Spring:

In their primary roles as Teaching Artists for the Wassaic X Webutuck programs, Fall and Spring Fellows will work with the Wassaic Project’s Education Director to design and lead a collaborative project that explores contemporary artistic themes and practices with local public high school art classes. In the first month of the residency they will meet the students and teachers, begin planning the project, and deliver a brief artist talk to the participating classes (typically 3 classes). In the second month, they will spend 3-5 days in the classroom initiating the project. In the third,  they will return for 1 week to lead intensive hands-on work. In the fourth month, the fellow will work with students to document and create a mode of public display for the project and gather feedback from all project stakeholders. This feedback process will include written reflection from the students.

In addition to working on the Wassaic X Webutuck program, Fall and Spring Fellows will work with one or two other community partners. Examples include leading an After School Club program for Intermediary School students, giving a condensed version of the Wassaic X Webutuck project at another partner high school, and/or leading community workshops.

Summer:

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. He or she will also assist the Education Director in managing Art Nest, our drop-in making space. In addition, the Summer Fellow will design and lead community workshops, including a workshop at our Summer Festival, and work with our team of High School Interns. The fellow will also assist with our Teen and Adult Printmaking workshops.

REQUIREMENTS:

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 education@wassaicproject.org with questions.

Application:

-  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)

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