As the Salem Art Association (SAA) re-opens from an extended COVID-19 shutdown, there is a strong need to review and reinvent SAA’s educational programming, specifically the Artists-in-the-Schools Program (AIS) and the Arts & History Immersion Program (AHIP).
AIS places teaching artists in K-12 classrooms throughout Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties. AHIP combines a guided tour of the Bush House Museum (BHM) and Bush Barn Art Center galleries with a hands-on art activity. Students participating in AHIP are from Title 1 schools in local poverty hotspots or in rural areas. Both of these youth education programs have been significantly impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis.
SAA is creating a new position to reinvent these two programs in order to maximize student impact and streamline administrative oversight. Other educational programming may be developed as staff time and resources permit. SAA maintains a strong commitment to serving a diverse range of low-income and underserved youth.
The SAA Education Director will have a background in education, the arts, and childhood development to lead this planning effort with SAA staff, teaching artists, and others. As funding allows, this position may expand to a 1 FTE position in the future to develop and implement additional educational programming.
This is a part-time, permanent position reporting to the SAA Executive Director.