Chapter 510 Teaching Artist:
Spring Writing Workshops for Youth
In collaboration with Oakland’s performance-based project House/Full of Blackwomen, Chapter 510 is seeking a teaching artist to plan and lead two writing workshops for youth to write and make books on the subject of dreams, rest, and sleep. Workshops will take place at Chapter 510’s writing center, 2301 Telegraph, Oakland.
This project is supported by The Creative Work Fund which invites artists and nonprofit organizations to create new art works through collaborations. It celebrates the role of artists as problem solvers and the making of art as a profound contribution to intellectual inquiry and to the strengthening of communities.
Curriculum will be inspired by and made in collaboration with Chapter 510 and House/Full of Blackwomen Dreaming’s lead artists Ellen Sebastian-Chang and Amara Tabor-Smith.
Teaching Artists must have minimum three years experience developing creative-writing curriculum for youth grades 3rd-12th. Teaching Artist will have led writing workshops working with communities of color, preferably in Oakland.
Applicants must be available for all dates below, and for planning meetings starting in mid-February:
Teen Creative Writing Workshop: Ages 13-18
Saturdays, March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1
Total students: limited to 10
Spring Break Writing Workshop: Ages 8-12
Monday April 3 - Thursday April 6
Total students: limited to 10
Reading: April 7, 6-8pm
Oakland First Friday at 2301 Telegraph
About Chapter 510
Chapter 510 provides free in-school tutoring, creative writing workshops, and publishing opportunities for K-12 students in Oakland.We share a vision for Oakland as a place where our youth and their perspectives are visible and our teachers are honored and supported. We've been working in schools since 2013, and are now in the process of building Oakland's very first writing center for youth at 2301 Telegraph Avenue Like the chapters of 826 National, we are a volunteer-powered organization that recognizes young people’s ability to communicate powerfully through words and print.
About House/Full of Blackwomen
Black Women Dreaming- a durational episode set to occur for seven consecutive days and nights at an undisclosed location with public presentations in two rooms of the Chapter 510 space (2301 Telegraph in Oakland) that will be transformed into a restful landscape/sanctuary with the installation called Night Room, an altar to Harriet Tubman and an interactive Dream Catcher all designed to reflect the continuous resting and dreaming of black women and girls. (March 26- April 7, 2017.) Chapter 510 will support the collection of dreams written and recorded by girls and young women participants. During the First Friday event (April 7, 2017) that will follow the “Blackwomen Dreaming” episode, the youth will read from their hand-bound book of collected dreams. Audience members who attend Chapter 510’s Family Engagement that night will be invited to enter the installation modeled after the space where black women and girls rested and dreamed during the 7 day episode.
Will include, but not limited to:
- Developing curriculum and all activities for both the teen Saturday workshops and the Spring Breaking writing workshop for girls in collaboration with Chapter 510 and House/Full of Blackwomen
- Designing workshop timelines, including all breaks, lunch, etc.
- Teaching all workshops, unless a special guest is coordinated
- Coordinating any special guests or field trips for all workshops
- Working with Chapter 510 to purchase all supplies needed for writing and bookmaking projects
- Working with Chapter 510’s book makers, copy editors and designers to get any books designed/printed
- Helping with student recruitment
- Tracking student attendance
- Creating feedback methods, distributing surveys, collecting data and reporting back to Chapter 510
How To Apply
Apply by February 6. Send your resume and cover to letter to Tavia Stewart at firstname.lastname@example.org. Compensation BOE.
February 15th, 2017 - June 15, 2017
Join our team here at 2301 Telegraph!
We are currently looking for 2-3 passionate interns to help us build and run our programs, First Friday events, communications and social media, and magical retail center at our writing center in downtown Oakland.
If you are interested, please email a cover letter and resume to Tavia Stewart/COO at email@example.com.