The Community Art Collaborative is a community arts-focused AmeriCorps program that has been hosted at MICA since 2004, and is funded in part by a grant from the Maryland Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism, and the Corporation for National and Community Service. In the CAC program, AmeriCorps members are matched with non-profit community organizations around the city, to serve year-long community arts residencies. In these residencies, members primarily facilitate after-school arts-based learning experiences that serve K-12 students in Baltimore City. Members also have the opportunity to facilitate art-making opportunities for community residents, recruit and manage volunteers, develop special projects, and gain valuable professional experience in the community arts and non-profit fields.
CAC also serves at the Community Arts Residency for graduate students in the MFA Community Arts programs, as a means of providing in-the-field experience during their graduate studies. Though, you do not need to be a graduate student to apply!
AmeriCorps is a national service program that engages thousands of people each year in service to their communities in critical areas like education, health, and conservation. All AmeriCorps program involve a ten-month commitment starting September through July. Benefits of the program include: a living stipend ($12,500 for the whole year), health insurance coverage, an education award of $5,550 upon successful completion of your service (which can be used to pay eligible student loans or other eligible educational expenses), tons of professional development, and access to MICA’s many resources.
In order to serve in AmeriCorps, you must be at least 17 years old, possess a high school diploma or equivalent, and be a U.S. citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident. Participation in CAC/AmeriCorps is conditional upon completion of a National Service Criminal History Check and other eligibility requirements. To learn more about AmeriCorps, please visit http://www.americorps.gov.
Community Art Collaborative Program
Paid/ Full Time/ 2016-2017
The Community Art Collaborative Program has 12 slots for 12 members next year (2016-2017). Each CAC member will be placed at a non-profit community arts organization in Baltimore City through a matching process at the beginning of the program year (September). At each “Host Site,” CAC Members will work with their organizations to develop a unique job description that will primarily focus on: facilitating after-school arts programming for K-12 Baltimore City students, engaging communities in special art projects for all ages that give voice to local priorities, recruiting volunteers, and providing general program support for the host sites.
CAC Member duties also include:
– Participating in professional development training workshops, hosted by the CAC program through out the year
– Recording data about art programs and write reflections in AmeriCorps Monthly Reports
– Maintain strong communication with the CAC Program Manager and Site Supervisors at each Host Site