ArtistCorps Position Description

ArtistCorps is seeking artists who are interested in serving high-need youth populations through the arts.

ArtistCorps is an AmeriCorps program serving nonprofits, Title 1 public schools, after-school centers, and other community-based institutions in the Forsyth County, North Carolina area. It is a project of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Applications for the ArtistCorps program at UNCSA are closed for the 2017-18 year. For additional information about the program, contact Rebecca Nussbaum, ArtistCorps Program Director, at nussbaumr@uncsa.edu

ArtistCorps members have different time commitments depending on member type. Full-time members serve a minimum of 1,700 hours, half-time members serve a minimum of 900 hours, reduced half-time serve a minimum of 675 hours, quarter-time serve a minimum of 450 hours and minimum-time serve a minimum of 300 hours. Service includes: developing arts instruction and engagement activities; building program capacity at service sites through recruiting, training, and tracking volunteers; assisting with program assessment and evaluation; spearheading arts and service related projects at service sites; working as a team with other ArtistCorps members; and developing and utilizing good communication and administrative skills. Professional development in all of these areas is provided.

ArtistCorps seeks creative and/or performing artists who have a desire to use their talents to serve local communities. ArtistCorps members use their existing skills in the arts and develop other skills in planning and implementing engagement activities, administration, communication, and other responsibilities as determined in conjunction with site partners.

Key Responsibilities

  • Meet the minimum service hours as outlined above.
  • Attend regularly scheduled professional development sessions and initial training.
  • Planning and implementation of arts services at sites.
  • Assist service sites with capacity building through volunteer generation and training.
  • Assist with assessment and evaluation reporting as assigned.
  • Commit to service on the Community Days of Service.
  • In the event of a local, state, or national emergency, AmeriCorps members may be called on to serve. Emergency preparedness training will be provided.

Qualifications and Characteristics of ArtistCorps Members

  • An interest in arts-based community service and a deep proficiency in one or more area(s) of the performing, visual, and motion-picture arts.
  • Strong work ethic and the ability to work independently and in groups.
  • Commitment to working with diverse individuals and communities, especially youth.
  • Being well organized and able to meet goals and deadlines.
  • Good written and spoken communication skills.
  • Ability to maintain service portfolio, blog posts (once every two weeks), and other social media posts on behalf of ArtistCorps.
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university preferred but not required; high school diploma required.
  • AmeriCorps members must be US citizens.

ArtistCorps Members Receive:

  • A living stipend of $16,000 for full-time members, $8470 for half-time members, $6353 for reduced half-time, $4235 for quarter-time members and $2824 for minimum-time members.
  • Segal AmeriCorps Education Award upon completion of service ($5815 for full-time members, $2907.50 for half-time members, $2215.24 for reduced half-time members, $1538.36 for quarter-time members and $1230.69 for minimum-time members).
  • Health insurance reimbursement up to $200 a month for full-time members.
  • Childcare assistance if eligible.
  • Training and professional development.
  • The opportunity to use arts-skills and training in a way that positively impacts the lives of others.

To Apply:

Applications for the ArtistCorps program at UNCSA are closed for the 2017-18 year. For additional information about the program, contact Rebecca Nussbaum, ArtistCorps Program Director, at nussbaumr@uncsa.edu

ArtistCorps fills member slots by qualified artists on a rolling basis. If selected to serve as an ArtistCorps member, the National Service Criminal History Check will be mandatory.

ArtistCorps does not discriminate against any applicant or employee because of age, sex, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

Find out more about AmeriCorps 

The ArtistCorps AmeriCorps program is made possible through a FY2017 State Formula AmeriCorps grant supported by the North Carolina Commission on Volunteerism and Community in the Office of Governor Roy Cooper.