A neat, highly visible and connection-building arts job is posted by the Wyoming Arts Council. The Council’s “Arts Education Programs Specialist” would be based in Cheyenne, and travel around the state is part of the picture. Pay is good; the posting says the job may pay up to a high range of over $4,000 per month. Do the math, that’s $48,000 annually. You could almost live in Jackson on that! The job description sounds terrific, and as is the case when times are tough, extensive. Qualifying candidates should have a solid general knowledge of the arts, including visual, performing, music and literature. The purpose of the position is to ” develop, support, and advocate for arts education for all Wyoming citizens. Arts education for all ages is a key goal in the Arts Council’s long range plan, and is part of the education and outreach criteria in the Department of State Parks & Cultural Resources strategic plan.”
Who knows—a candidate may already have been chosen, but in case the perfect prospect has not appeared, consider whether you see yourself developing our state’s education programming, evaluating grant applications, cultivating relationships with the Department of Education and Professional Teaching Standards Board, teachers, other administrators, and learning more and more about arts education as you go along. You’ll work hard–you will also take part in WAC special projects, like the Governor’s Arts Awards, conferences and symposiums. You will liaison, big time!
If it were possible for me to be based in Cheyenne, I’d consider applying myself! Here’s the link to Wyo Art’s Blog and the full job description: http://wyomingarts.blogspot.com/2012/10/wyoming-arts-council-looking-for-arts.html
AIR — Arts Incubator for the Rockies–says it is a resource for all artists in the Rocky Mountain Region. Based in Ft. Collins, Colorado, AIR “uses new and emerging technologies to provide high-quality professional development classes, entrepreneurial and business training, and coaching opportunities to creatives in rural communities in the Intermountain West.” The incubator provides social networking, workshops and classes (on site at their Carnegie Library Building and around the Intermountain West) and offers distance-learning, coaching, mentoring and internship programs.
Three main programs are offered; I assume these larger umbrella programs all include the opportunities listed above. These programs are AIR Shift, teaching communications and marketing skills; AIR Evolve, a six-month business incubator program to help you transform your idea to reality; and AIR Currents, a series of talks with a seemingly TED-like structure. http://www.airartsincubator.org/