Each selected artist teaches and mentors youth at either an assigned partner public library branch, or through virtual classes due to the pandemic. Artists also create and display new work in the library, collaborating with library staff and connecting with the community at large. Two hours are allocated to teaching per week, with one for class preparation. If able, we encourage each resident artist to also spend time in the library each week, developing artwork inspired by the community.
Resident artists teach students of three varying age groups (4-7, 8-12, 13-18) three classes per week. Artists create a year-long class curriculum at the beginning of the residency and work with ProjectArt staff on its development.
*Classes, activities, and exhibitions will be held either in-person or virtually depending on each library and city’s reopening guidelines.
ProjectArt encourages its resident artists to embrace their creativity and think outside the box. Using an assortment of non-toxic and library permitted mediums, many resident artists make works that are inspired by the library setting, its patrons, and reference collection. They also get to know the library patrons and managers, as well as ProjectArt staff. The year culminates in a professionally curated resident group exhibition at a partner gallery, featuring works created by the residents during the year. The residency also offers artists panel discussions, studio visits, and art-world professional consultants.
Compensation for both teaching hours and preparation hours
Paid training and additional compensation for end-of-year exhibit.
Intermittent professional development opportunities.
Library-approved, non-toxic teaching supplies furnished by ProjectArt.
Public library resources (digital or in person) to conduct research & to further artistic practice.
End-of-year resident group exhibition, virtual and/or hosted by a partner art gallery.
Visibility on ProjectArt’s social media platforms and PR promotion.
Artist and organization meet-ups: virtual or in person visits to museums or artists studios.
Opportunity to participate and conduct artist activations with organization partners.
ProjectArt is a national solution to the ongoing budget cuts to the arts. The program provides access to free visual arts education to children in their own public libraries. Since 2011, ProjectArt has made arts learning accessible to under-resourced communities, targeting minority youth who do not have adequate access to art in their public schools. Our art classes and library residencies are held in over 40 libraries across the country. We currently serve almost 2,000 youth weekly in nine cities: NYC, Miami, Detroit, Chicago, LA, Pittsburgh, New Orleans, San Francisco, and most recently, Cleveland.
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