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Open Call: Artists & Curators for Education in Public Schools

September 1, 2018


NURTUREart is seeking practicing curators and practicing artists to apply for its in-school artist and curator residencies.


September 1st, 2018 11: 59pm


NURTUREart’s Education Program, with a focus on community outreach, brings practicing artists into four different public schools for in-school instruction. Partnering schools include two primary schools, a middle school, and a high school. Participating artists introduce art-making skills, techniques, and projects that develop critical skills for success in school and life including collaboration, innovation, critical thinking, and problem solving. Through collaboration with public school teachers and staff, the artists- or curator-in-residence utilize visual art to access academic content and promote school objectives while offering an outlet for student expression.


One (1) curator to lead a group of high school students at Juan Morel Campos School of the Arts in South Williamsburg (curator receives a $3,400 fee for 25 sessions, a materials budget, and a budget to bring in guest artists)

One (1) video artist to lead a group of high school students at Juan Morel Campos School of the Arts in South Williamsburg (artist receives a $1,500 fee for 15 sessions and a materials budget)

One to two(1–2) visual artists to instruct a group of elementary school children at PS 147 in Bushwick (artist receives a $1,500 fee for 15 sessions, a materials budget, and a budget to bring in guest artists)

  • One (1) visual artist to teach a group of young elementary school students with alternative learning styles at PS 18 (artist receives a $1,000 fee for 10 sessions and a materials budget)

One (1) visual artist to instruct a workshop series to a group of English Language Learning middle school students at MS 136 in Sunset Park (artist receives a $500 fee for a workshops series and a materials budget)


Varies depending on project, generally October 2018- May 2019

Weekly class meetings occur during school hours. Specific dates and times to be coordinated between artist/curator and school administration.

Participating artists- and curator-in-residence receive artist fees and a budget for materials; additional funding is available for visiting guest artists in certain programs.


To apply please send CV, 5–10 work samples, and a short letter of interest indicating to which residency program you are applying to Grace McDonald, NURTUREart’s Education Director at Grace@nurtureart.org. Include your name and “In-School Residency” in the subject line. Also, please note in the email any existing schedule restrictions.


Applicants must have demonstrated knowledge of contemporary art and recent experience in their field as either an artist or curator. In addition, applicants must have experience working with youth in an educational setting and be comfortable planning lessons, activities, and writing assignments appropriate for the group. NURTUREart staff can additionally support the development of curricula and lesson plans directly with participating artists and curators. Applicants must have strong interpersonal skills and ability to collaborate effectively with classroom teachers, NURTUREart staff, as well as their students.



Curator In- School Residency at Juan Morel Campos School of the Arts: NURTUREart’s curatorial youth program, Project Curate, is a course where students learn the entire curatorial process—from experiencing contemporary art firsthand, to conceptualizing a curatorial theme, selecting artwork, writing a curatorial statement, art handling, exhibition design and installation, writing a press release, event promotion, and organizing a successful opening reception. It is an opportunity for students to connect with their artistic community while building critical thinking, responsibility, and career readiness skills for future arts engagement and success. The resident may also organize opportunities for the students to meet arts professionals through visits to galleries, museums and artist studios. The resident curator will conduct about 25 sessions for students throughout the academic year, culminating with an exhibition at NURTUREart’s Gallery.

Video Artist In-School Residency: NURTUREart’s Video Seminar is a video / stop animation art residency serving up to twenty high school students, over the course of 15 sessions throughout the academic year. For most students it is their first experience working with time-based media, and an opportunity to apply concepts like composition and setting combined with elements like sound, movement, lighting and dialogue. Students are exposed to the history and concepts of video art while learning techniques to capture movement as well as editing skills. Each student also develops an independent project, all of which are collectively shown to friends and family during the final critique as well as a screening for the entire student body.

Visual Teaching Artist In-School Residency at PS 147:  Resident teaching artists carry out NURTUREart’s art exposure program by working with students to adopt a deeper understanding of the arts and develop foundational visual vocabulary and skills. This groundwork is laid through the combination of hands-on art making experiences combined with the opportunity to see and learn from real life art objects (and their creators). As a result, students are exposed to a well-rounded offering of art making, art literacy, and art appreciation. NURTUREart is seeking one to two artists to teach at its Bushwick location at PS 147.

Visual Teaching Artist In School Residency at PS 18:  Resident teaching artist carries out NURTUREart’s Active Mind program by empowering students with alternative learning styles to make art focusing on tactile skill development and projects which incorporate other disciplines. The teaching artist works collaboratively with the Education Director to set up classroom materials and develop lessons for students, which further aid the social emotional well-being of each student. NURTUREart is seeking one artist to teach at P.S.18 located in Williamsburg. Artists who have worked with students with different kinds of learning styles are encouraged to apply.

Visual Teaching Artist in School Residency at MS 136 : NURTUREart’s Literacy Through Art program employs a resident artist to lead a five series workshop within an English classroom to support the school’s population of English Language Learning students. The teaching artist and classroom teachers collaboratively plan a series of visual arts projects as a means to explore concepts taught in English and Social Studies curricula. Past projects have included photography, video, technology and mural making. Often, projects address social themes pertaining to current issues that impact culture and community.