Paid Arts Apprenticeship Opportunity for Youthby Hot Off The Press (Release) on May. 07, 2012, under Press Releases
Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance, the Pima Association of Governments and Town of Oro Valley offer a unique opportunity for youth to take part in the arts and get paid this summer
May 4, 2012— The Summer Youth Arts Project organizers are still seeking applications from youth interested in creating a public art refuge in a highly-visited area and experiencing a unique opportunity to work under the mentorship of a professional artist.
The deadline to apply is just around the corner – Tuesday, May 15. The apprentice must be a resident of Oro Valley between the ages of 16 to 18, enrolled in high school, and able to provide transportation to and from the work site. Approved applicants will receive $9 per hour and work 20 to 22 hours a week to aid in the creative design, fabrication and installation of public art in Oro Valley. The project date begins Tuesday, June 5 and ends on Friday, Aug. 3
The Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance, in partnership with the Town of Oro Valley and Pima Association of Governments (PAG), are also seeking a teaching artist to work with Oro Valley youth to design and produce artwork within a public transportation setting. Artists with experience working with high school ages and in a collaborative and “teaching team environment” are encouraged to apply.
2012 Summer Youth Art Project Details
Funded by the Pima Association of Governments, the 2012 Summer Youth Art Project will produce a collaborative public art refuge area, located on the southwest corner of Hardy Road and Northern Avenue in Oro Valley. The seating area, set among spectacular mountain views, will be accented with ceramic and metallic tiles of varying sizes, designs, shapes and textures. The process will allow the students to experiment with the medium and develop their own vision for the artwork.
Under the direction and mentorship of the artist supervisor, students will design and construct a bicycle-pedestrian-equestrian oasis and sculpture. The equestrian theme will be based on the local neighborhood equestrian heritage, as many of the area residents own and ride horses.
The refuge will provide an oasis, gathering and contemplative area for residents of multimodal transportation uses. Northern Avenue and surrounding streets are registered horse trails as well as a favored bicycle routes. The Avenue, also a Sun Shuttle bus route, provides connection to shopping and services, churches, James Krieg Park and Canyon Del Oro High School.
The Summer Youth Arts Project is sure to provide a priceless experience for those who participate. Youth apprentices and the artist mentor will meet with members of the residential and business communities as well as the Oro Valley Town Council and staff for input, and the team will present the work to the Town Council.
The project will include organization skills, artistic tile design and sculpture work. Each student will apply math concepts as they measure distances, compute areas and estimate the amount of materials needed for the project completion.
Summer Youth Arts Project Application Info
Deadline: Tuesday, May 15
Phone: (520) 797-3959
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About the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance
The Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance (SAACA) is a not-for-profit organization that exists to ensure that, through engagement in arts and culture, our communities produce strong, inspired citizens. SAACA enlists artists, businesses, governments, and individuals to expand artistic and cultural opportunities in their respective communities. To enhance access to the arts and to promote cultural awareness in the communities it serves, SAACA presents large-scale festivals, events and other programs. The Alliance also promotes educational opportunities in the arts and culture for both the young and the old.
The Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance (SAACA) grew out of the Greater Oro Valley Arts Council (GOVAC), an organization established in 1997 to provide artistic and cultural opportunities for residents of northwest Tucson. GOVAC eventually became one of the largest arts organizations in the region. In 2009, owing to its success, the group expanded its mission to include creation of partnerships with business, governments, and communities throughout Southern Arizona that would encourage innovative, creative cultural expression in the arts for years to come.
For more information about programs and events produced by the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance, go to www.saaca.org.