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Indigenous Emerging Artist/Educator Fellowship - Confluence

06 Apr 2022 11:33 AM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

Job Title: Indigenous Emerging Artist/Educator
Reports To: Executive Director

This is an hourly fellowship position for 30 hours per week at $25 per hour.

The position will remain open until Friday, June 3, 2022.

Job Description:

Who: Emerging Indigenous Artist/Educator with apparent cultural ties to the Tribes of the Columbia River ecosystem. Applicants can come from any artistic set of knowledge connected to Indigenous traditions and cultures, and have previous experience or ability to connect with K-12 students as part of the program.

Employment: The Confluence Emerging Artist Educator is a paid internship at Confluence, working an estimated 30 hours per week. Half the time will be spent developing art and half would be spent working in classrooms with students and teachers. This could include art projects and field trips. The artist would coordinate work hours with our Education Program Manager and would be flexible in a way that encourages art development while meeting our commitments to school programs. As a temporary employee, the artist would not be eligible for medical and retirement benefits. We will work with you to see what Tribal services or other healthcare/support services you may be eligible for. The position would include earned Paid Time Off. The Roundhouse Foundation may consider a possible award or stipend for candidates who complete the program successfully.

Timeline: The program will run for at least 12 months, with an optional 3-month extension so that the Confluence Emerging Artist/Educator could spend time mentoring the next person to hold this position. The role would begin in September, 2022 to coincide with the start of the school year.

The first six weeks would consist mostly of introductions to Confluence staff, mentor artists, and our school partners, along with planning time for art development and teaching projects.

In October 2022, we will organize a retreat for 15 of our artists and educators at the Roundhouse Foundation’s Pine Meadow Ranch near Sisters, Oregon. This would be modeled after the Confluence Day of Sharing as an opportunity for our Indigenous artists and educators to gather, plan for the school year, and create lasting relationships with this artist and each other. Throughout the school year, we will work with the artist/educator to meet scheduled milestones for developing artwork and set goals for the number of schools and students to reach through educational programming. After the school programs have ended in June, the artist can spend two months concentrating on a possible art show or exhibit with our museum partners.

Mentorship: The Confluence Emerging Artist/Educator will have the opportunity to work in classrooms with Native educators, artists, and tradition keepers to share knowledge, stories, and space as they develop their path as an Indigenous artist. Mentorship may include learning opportunities from one’s Tribe/Tribal Community and may include learning around ethics of harvesting natural fibers/materials needed to create art. The mentors may serve on the Confluence Advisory Community, a group that will help select the artist and guide that person and Confluence as the program develops.

Art Creation: The Confluence Emerging Artist/Educator will produce a new and unique project that may be shared in museums, schools, or other agreed upon locations, for an agreed upon length of time. Possible institutional partners include the High Desert Museum, the Museum at Warm Springs, and the Columbia River Center for the Arts. The exhibit could include a public gathering, celebrating the accomplishments of the Confluence Emerging Artist/Educator in classrooms and mentorship, and introducing the art project created during the program.

This artwork is critically important for the Emerging Artist/Educator’s Confluence experience. When the fellowship ends, the art will remain the property of the artist. Confluence or our museum and foundation partners may ask to share the art at future events and images of the art and the creation process in marketing materials and social media.

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