West Valley, AZ (May 4, 2020) –West Valley Arts (WVA) is seeking to expand their roster of performing and teaching artists for their arts education and professional development programming. We are actively encouraging applications for both one-time and multiple performances. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.
Eligible performing arts categories include all forms of dance, music, theater, visual arts, traditional folk art, and other original works. WVA will be judging on artistic merit, professionalism, artist or group resume or biography, and examples of work; Diversity, inclusion, and access will be prioritized in the selection process.
To be eligible you must be a teaching artist, performing artist/ensemble or group with some paid professional experience performing or providing workshops. Performing artist/ensemble/group must be able to present 1-hour programs appropriate for young audiences live and/or have video capabilities or ability to perform in Surprise, AZ Arts HQ for a virtual performance. Teaching artists for professional development must have access to video conferencing tools like Zoom.
WVA performance/lesson expectations include Q & A with audience, a 45-minute presentation, and creation of a project or informative lesson for the students to help generate questions & ideas.
WVA will provide a paid stipend for the teaching artist, performance Artist/ensemble, or group. We will also feature them on our website and social media.
For additional information on the Call to Artists or to submit your application, please visit our website at https://westvalleyarts.org/call-for-teaching-and-performing-cultural-artists/.
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About West Valley Arts
West Valley Arts (WVA) enriches the West Valley by growing a vibrant and connected arts and cultural community. WVA was incorporated as the Cultural Arts Society West in 1969. WVA has been central to creating what is recognized as a “high quality of life” for West Valley residents and is the only multi-disciplinary arts organization of its type and scope in the Valley. Since its inception, WVA has earned multiple awards including two Governor’s Art Awards and in 2019 received the Best of the West Quality of Life Award/Community Category. Learn more at www.westvalleyarts.org/about-us/
About Arts Advantage
Arts Advantage is a series of 60-minute live performances for fourth grade students from Title One schools. Through Arts Advantage, students learn from, and interact with, professional artists during live performances in dance, music, theater, and opera – all specifically designed for young audiences. Students experience the arts and cultural traditions of others and are inspired to explore and participate in the arts themselves. Students enjoyed educational yet entertaining performances such as, Native American hoop dancing, multi-lingual opera, African drumming, and Flamenco. Our work in Title One schools is to ensure that underserved youth also have adequate access to quality arts education and experiences. Learn more at https://westvalleyarts.org/arts-education/.
About Professional Development
Our Professional Development program strives to support the efforts of administrators and teachers by providing quality training and workshops in person and virtually. WVA connects schools with expert teaching artists in music, visual arts, and general arts education to further support West Valley students. Our Professional Development program is vital to reaching and educating the next generation of artists. Learn more at https://westvalleyarts.org/arts-education/.