GA 20 Community Outreach Assistant
This position supports several community outreach programs offered by the Art Department. These include the At the Art Studio: Workshop Series for Children and Young Adults, the My Hometown Banner Project, and an exhibition series at the Oswego State Downtown Store.
The At the Art Studio (ATAS) program offers courses throughout the academic year, as well as over Winter and Summer break. This program has been steadily growing and currently offers over 20 workshops a year to 150+ students ranging in age from 6 to 17. This program provides scholarships to low income family and is partially funded through grants and donations. The benefits to the Art Department is that this program offers students interested in becoming K-12 teachers the chance to gain experience working as teaching assistants as well as assisting with pre and after care programs. Additionally, it provides a service to the area by offering affordable study in the visual arts.
The My Hometown Banner Project supports a partnership between the Art Department, the Oswego City Schools and the City of Oswego. The project supports an exhibition of selected art work produced by K-12 students. Selected work in this exhibition are placed on banners around the city of Oswego that promote the public schools. The benefits to the Art Department is that this program supports the visual arts in the city schools which has seen cuts to funding in the visual arts over the last decade due to budget issues.
The Oswego State Down Store exhibition space offers five-six exhibitions a year featuring local artist and Oswego students. The exhibition series routinely connects to campus initiatives such as this coming year’s grand challenge supporting stewardship of Lake Ontario. The space also offers opportunity for creative writing students and illustrators to present original work as part of the Downtown Artist Series.
In addition to providing the department with much needed support; this assistantship allows the department to recruit top quality students for the MA/MAT program.
- Assist faculty and staff in preparing promotional materials for events and workshops.
- Assist with program promotion, including staffing art-making booths at community festivals such as the Pumpkin Festival. We participate in approximately 4-6 events each year.
- Assist with program promotion, registration, supply orders and other clerical responsibilities that arise.
- Assist with the actual running of the ATAS program including helping instructors ready their spaces, receiving students during the drop-off period and overseeing their pick-up.
- Provide instruction assistance in the ATAS program and other special workshops that are connected to outreach programs, possibly even taking the lead on a workshop.
- Assist with project development for ATAS as well as teacher training.
- Assist with program assessment and program documentation.
- Supervise undergraduate student workers as needed for specific projects or working as teaching assistants.
- Assist faculty with grants, including doing research and proof reading as requested.
- Assist with installing exhibitions and/or staging events/workshops, including at our two satellite galleries, Oswego State Downtown Store and the Metro Center in Syracuse.
- Assist with outreach to area art teachers including assisting in organizing exhibitions featuring artwork from across the district.
Skill Requirements required:
- Knowledge and experience in a variety of visual artmaking materials and methods.
- Study of visual art
- Experience working with children and adolescents
- Knowledge of Macintosh computers
- Experience with digital cameras
* Ability to prepare graphic design products such as posters and flyers
- Ability to maintain Facebook program page
*Position pending final budget approval