Call to Artists: Youth Public Art Project Seeks Sculptor

Issued: October 2, 2017

Deadline: 5 pm, October 13, 2017

NeighborWorks of Western Vermont (NWWVT) is seeking a local artist with sculpture experience to serve as the expert guide for “TAG: Together, Art Grows,” a youth public art collaboration with the Boys and Girls Club of Rutland County.

The goals of TAG are to:

  • Empower youth to make decisions, learn how to work as a team, and create art
  • Enhance the image of downtown Rutland
  • Promote community awareness and involvement
  • Unite the community through art themes

The TAG team consists of volunteers and two NWWVT representatives who meet weekly with a group of youths ages 9-12 at the Boys and Girls Club on Merchants Row from 4-5 PM on Thursdays. The TAG team has worked to expose the youth to public art and to discuss the impact of public art. The youth have voted to create a sculpture. Currently, they are brainstorming ideas for themes.

NWWVT and the TAG team seek an artist expert to provide guidance and expertise to the youth as together we work to create a public piece of sculpture. The expert will commit to meeting every Thursday for one hour (from 4-5 PM) with the youth until the piece of art is produced.

Project Description

TAG, “Together, Art Grows,” is a youth-focused initiative that aims to build community and neighborhood pride through the creation and installment of public art in Rutland, VT.

TAG is a collaboration between NeighborWorks of Western Vermont and the Boys and Girls Club of Rutland County.

TAG started with a Spring Craft Party at the 113 Library Ave Community Space during April Vacation 2017 and then a Community Input Session a week later with the goal of getting the most input as possible from residents who live in Rutland.  At the community session, residents brainstormed and discussed possible locations and type of arts for the public art installment.

Throughout Fall 2017, the youth participants, neighborhood volunteers/experts, and a “hired” expert are working to create a piece of community art.

This is an “adult-initiated, shared decisions with youth” project, so the process is purposefully flexible- the structure is created but room is left for the youth participants to make decisions about the appearance, character, and message. The art will be conceptualized, materialized, and then installed with the youth participants and volunteers.

Compensation

This project is grant funded by a NeighborWorks America Community Leadership Institute grant and a Project VISION Pearl grant. We have some funding to retain an artist expert.

Application

Please send a resume and brief letter of interest to Shannon Kennelly at [email protected]

Deadline

Submit the application materials by email or post by 5 pm on October 13, 2017

Contact Information

With questions, contact Shannon Kennelly at NeighborWorks of Western Vermont.

Shannon Kennelly

802-797-8606

[email protected]

NeighborWorks of Western Vermont

110 Marble St.

West Rutland, VT 05777