Summer Program Arts Fest

Call for Teaching Artists!

Summer Program Arts Fest

Mills College

Girls Leadership operates a residential summer program for middle and high school girls held on the campus of Mills College in Oakland, CA. Unlike traditional girls’ leadership programs, which teach girls “external” skills like public speaking or interviewing, Girls Leadership specializes in building the internal skills necessary for leadership: emotional intelligence, confident self-expression, and healthy relationships.

The Arts Fest projects allow girls to recognize, honor, and communicate their authentic voice through creative mediums. We are seeking proposals that focus on visual arts, voice, music, dance, theater, spoken word/poetry and more.

Girls Leadership will host one Arts Fest program this summer for our high school participants. We are seeking dynamic, engaging, experienced teaching artists to design and teach their craft to small groups of girls from all over the United States, including some girls from abroad. Artists will be partnered with Girls Leadership staff for support if needed. Projects will culminate at the end of the three-day Arts Fest in a Girls Leadership “community celebration” of art, expression and sharing.

Location: Mills College, Oakland, CA

Time, Schedule & Compensation:

Arts Fest: July 25 – July 28, 2019 (girls in grades rising 9th-12th )

July 25: 6:45-8:00p (“kickoff & pitch session”)

July 26: 10-11:45a, 2-4 p and 6:45-8:00p

July 27: 10-11:45a, 2-4 p and 6:45-8:00p

July 28: 10- 11:45a, 2-4 pm,  6:45p-8p (“community celebration”/presentation)

(Artists invited to stay overnight July 25 & join for breakfast July 29)

Compensation: $1000 plus room and board.

Important structure and details:

  • Thursday evening is a “kickoff and pitch session” for Arts Fest with the community. Each Teaching Artist is asked to prepare a 10 minute introduction that may include introduction of self, performance, short and engaging PowerPoint slides, music, example work, scaffolded engagement of the audience, etc. The goal is to offer a concrete understanding of the scope and work involved in your project as the participants will be selecting their choices in order from 1-4 and will receive either their first, second, or third choice.
  • Each Teaching Artist and project will have a range of 10-15 participants across grade continuously for the duration of the three days.
  • On the third day “community celebration” can range from 10-20 minutes depending on the project scope and need and will take place in a running order with the other four project shares during the evening.   
  • Proposals will be reviewed by and teaching should be informed by the accompanying document, “Teaching in Alignment with the Girls Leadership Mission”
  • We have a threshold budget of $150 per project for materials.
  • Each Teaching Artist will be provided room and board for their stay and will need to bring a pillow, blanket, and bath towel along with other toiletries for their stay.
  • Each Teaching Artist must plan for their travel to and from Mills College. We are able to pick up and drop off at BART, airport, or train station.  We do not reimburse for travel costs.
  • Expected arrival to campus by 3p on first day and departure by noon on day after the closure last session.

To Apply:

  • Please send a cover letter, resume and one to two-page detailed project proposal with the subject line: “<your full name>, Arts Fest Proposal” to Human Resources Hiring@girlsleadership.org. Application deadline is May 3, 2019.
  • The proposal should include specific project goals for 10-16 participants, quantity and type of materials (please include Amazon Prime web links for purchasing ahead of time), IT, and space needs.