Arts and Artists Outdoors (A2O) is an environmental artist residency run by the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Parks and Recreation. Each artist is paired with a selected recreation center, where they work with youth to create a site-specific public artwork based on an ecological theme. A2O aligns Parks & Recreation’s objective to develop high-level practices and leadership in “out of school” activities with Mural Arts’ mission to unite artists and communities through a collaborative process that transforms public spaces and individual lives.
Each A2O Artist In Residence leads two 2-hour art workshops for youth per week, for 10 weeks in fall 2015 and 10 weeks in spring 2016. A 6-week break between sessions is set aside to synthesize the work of the fall term into a plan for the spring term and the final project. Over the course of the residency the artist also leads four weekend workshops for the public. The Artist creates hands-on arts activities that are focused on an ecological theme in the local environment. The residency and workshops culminate in a temporary or permanent artwork that will be dedicated and housed at the recreation center.
A2O offers artists and youth the opportunity to create sustainable and site-specific artwork, and use their artistic talents to create a shared feeling of community and environmental stewardship.
Mural Arts will select 5 Lead Artists. Each artist commits to teaching in the fall and spring, and completes a final project by the end of the Spring session.
Fall 2015 session: Late September through early December
Winter 2016 planning period: Late January through February
Spring 2016 session: March through May
[Dates of the community workshop and final dedication will be determined by both the artist’s and the recreation center’s schedules.]
- An artistic practice that incorporates ecological themes, environmental issues, nature and/or sustainability, or an interest in pursuing this kind of work.
- Experience mentoring and teaching youth
- Resides near or in Philadelphia. There will be no stipend for transportation.
Artist In Residence Responsibilities:
- Lead youth workshops (age 10-14) twice weekly at recreation center. Each youth workshop is 2 hours long.
- Lead 4 community workshops in total, 2 during the Fall session and 2 during the Spring session. Each workshop is 3 hours long. The last Spring workshop also serves as a dedication for the final project.
- Create final temporary or permanent artwork by the end of the Spring session to live at the recreation center.
- Manage an Assistant Teaching Artist.
- Purchase classroom and project supplies ($1000 stipend will be provided).
- Create work plan or curriculum, which outlines goals of weekly classes and workshops.
- Develop site-specific project proposal during Winter Planning Session and participate in the Mural Arts Program’s design review process, incorporating feedback as needed.
- Communicate regularly with Program Coordinator to get support
- Attend Program Orientations with Recreation Center staff, Parks and Recreation, and Mural Arts in September 2015 and February 2016 (TBD).
Artists In Residence receive a commission fee of $2000 for the research, design and production of the final artwork. Each Artist also receives $25 per hour for up to 120 hours of teaching and classroom prep time. Materials expenses are also covered up to $1000.
Assistant Teaching Artist:
Each Artist In Residence will be supported in and out of the classroom by an Assistant Teaching Artist. Assistants receive $15 per hour for up to 160 hours of work.
Assistant responsibilities include:
- Provide support to Artist In Residence during twice weekly workshops
- Help with set up and break down for every workshop, 30 minutes before and after each class
- Provide support to Artist In Residence before, during and after four community workshops
- Assist Recreation Leader with outreach (hand out flyers, talk to local schools or churches, etc.)
- Assist Artist In Residence with completion of final artwork
- Collect class registrations and track attendance of weekly workshops using an online database
- Take photo documentation and update the Mural Arts Tumblr biweekly
Applicants interested in the Assistant position can use the same residency application form below.
The A2O Residency application and Assistant Teaching Artist application can be found online at:
Early Decision – first selection period, all positions may be filled.
Friday, May 22nd, 2015.
Summer Deadline – second application period, may be cancelled if qualified candidates are secured in May.
Friday, August 29th, 2015.
For more information, go to www.muralarts.org/a2o
Questions? Please contact
(215) 685-0726 (phone)