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Community Curator - ARTstART Youth Initiative

January 25, 2012

Interested in building relationships with high school students while sharing your love of art? The Claremont Museum of Art is looking to attract two committed students to work as Community Curators who can forge and build relationships with the high school students over time. Candidates should be available 4-5 hours a week, especially Friday afternoons. Read on for more information!

About the Claremont Museum of Art

Led by a committed group of volunteers, the Claremont Museum of Art engages, educates, and inspires by creating community-based arts programming and events that both recognize Claremont’s rich historical artistic legacy and celebrate its continuing creativity. As a ‘museum without walls,’ CMA already sponsors artful evening events, an annual studio arts tour, family art programming, and exhibitions in collaboration with other cultural venues. Its newest offering is ARTstART, a youth initiative that involves college students in mentoring high school students, (ARTstARTers”) who in turn learn about and present lessons about local arts/exhibitions to Claremont elementary students.

Position – “Community Curator”/Mentor – ARTstART Youth Initiative

Under the plan developed with the input of Pomona College’s Draper Center, Community Curators will fulfill the crucial role of connecting ARTstARTers with the arts scene of the 5Cs, as well as the other cultural offerings in the community. Part mentor, part teaching assistant, and part program evaluator, the ideal Community Curator candidate is curious and compassionate, with a passion for learning, and sharing her/his love for the arts. Community Curators need not be artists themselves.

Duties for CCs include: coaching small groups of high school students on public presentation skills, leading small group work during regular Friday afternoon sessions at area museums, assisting high school students with planning arts appreciation lessons for Sycamore elementary school students this semester, and chaperoning students on cultural outings both locally and in Los Angeles.

This position will interface with the CMA’s Project Director for ARTstART, Rich Deely, who is responsible for training the teens, and ensuring the success of the pilot project during academic year 2011-12.

Interested students should contact richdeely@gmail.com

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