Visiting Artist, Arts First Program, Bucknell University
Bucknell University’s Arts Council, comprised of faculty and staff from the campus arts departments and centers, seeks a guest artist for Arts First, its pre-orientation program for first-year arts students. Scheduled from August 10 through 14, Arts First provides an intensive interdisciplinary introduction to the arts and creativity for approximately sixty incoming first-year students and upper-class mentors under the guidance of Bucknell arts faculty.
The ideal candidate will be an artist from any discipline (theatre arts, dance, film, music, creative writing, visual arts) whose creative work engages other disciplines. Preference will be given to candidates with undergraduate teaching experience or demonstrated success in facilitating interdisciplinary projects with undergraduate students. The guest artist will present their own work in the context of the historical/contemporary artists and movements that have influenced their practice, and interact with students throughout the week to create a multidisciplinary performance/exhibit/happening at the conclusion of the program. The guest artist should be prepared to show students how the principles of their field can be applied to other artistic disciplines.
Travel, lodging, and a generous honorarium will be provided. To apply, please send a letter of interest, CV, and samples of work. Please also provide a proposal for the project you would like to pursue with our students (max. 500 wds; see below for guidelines). All materials should be sent to Andrew Ciotola, University Arts co-coordinator, by April 1, 2018: firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Arts First
Arts First is a five-day opportunity for students in the Class of 2022 to learn about the rich and distinctive possibilities the arts have to offer at Bucknell. The focus is on exploring the arts generally instead of developing any specific skill or craft. In addition to engaging in creative work, students learn about Bucknell’s art centers and academic programs, arts-focused student clubs, and entrepreneurship and leadership opportunities, exploring the disciplines of theatre, dance, music, art, creative writing, and film and media. Students collaborate on a final, performative project attended by other members of the campus community.
Some details to consider as you develop your project proposal:
We expect to have around 60 students in the program, divided between first-year students and upperclass mentors, all of whom have interests and specializations across the arts (theatre, dance, creative writing, film/media, visual arts, music, etc.). Many are, or are likely to be, majors and minors in the arts, but all that’s required for enrollment is interest in the arts and enthusiasm.
As part of the program, Bucknell faculty members will administer workshops in visual art, creative writing, film/media, music, theater, and sound/movement.
We hope that the visiting artist’s project will develop a synergy with the faculty workshops. We strongly encourage the visiting artist to attend at least one workshop in each of the arts as an observer. The visiting artist’s project proposal should be structured to respond to a dynamic context.
The visiting artist’s project and workshops should introduce students to the work of other artists/movements in addition to the artist’s own work.
The project should lead up to a final performance / exhibit / happening, which will take place on the last day of the program. This event normally draws an audience from the wider Bucknell community.
A budget for supplies is available. Technology should be kept to a minimum.
We can offer traditional performance and gallery spaces as well as large, open indoor and outdoor spaces. The visiting artist should have an idea of what type/s of space will be necessary so we can make preparations in advance.
The visiting artist will be supported by a program assistant and one or more student mentors.
The program is five days long. The visiting artist will have 1.5–2 hours with the students each day, and most of the final day to prepare for the final presentation.
With these details in mind, please provide a 500-word sample plan of how you might engage with our students. The proposal is not binding and of course would change in response to other parts of the Arts First program, as noted above. We’d like to have an idea of how you would approach the assignment, given the number of participants, limited amount of time, and many moving parts involved in the program.