VSC's School Arts Program supports weekly hands-on arts instruction to over 200 low-income rural Johnson Elementary School students. Program Coordinator Arista Alanis ensures that JES students are exposed to VSC’s diverse creative community by inviting residents into the classroom to present their work and to offer hands-on instruction. JES students gain access to an international community of working artists from a wide range of backgrounds, traditions, and disciplines, and come to understand and appreciate art as both a viable vocation and an integral aspect of the human experience.
At our 2/15/19 deadline we are thrilled to offer four (4) eight-week School Arts Fellowship awards. This opportunity is for socially-engaged teaching artists to work with local K-6 students, high school, or tech center students (approximately 10 hours/week) in coordination with VSC’s school arts program. Each fellowship includes a $1,000 stipend to assist with project planning and materials, and $1,000 stipend to support the artist’s own work. Applicants must include a brief (250 words or less) project plan/concept and demonstrate experience in community arts and/or arts education. Awarded residencies must be scheduled during the regular school year (September-April). For application details and eligibility requirements, visit www.vermontstudiocenter.org/fellowships.
The deadline to submit an application is Friday, February 15th, 2019 at 11:59pm, Eastern.
The opportunity to...teach talented students resulted in a two-month course in digital photography, encompassing photography assignments that encouraged students to think deeply about identity and community. I learned as much from them as they learned from me, as they taught me about the local Vermont community through their eyes, their photographs, and their stories.
—Marilyn Montufar, School Arts Fellow
The fellowship allowed me to collaborate with Sabine Likhite, an art teacher at Lamoille Union High School, and share my experience and expertise as a sculptor with her enthusiastic students who live in rural northern Vermont. In addition to sharing my experience with Sabine’s bright students, the fellowship contributed to my personal and professional growth as an artist.
—Sean Yang, School Arts Fellow