Announcement: WritersCorps Teaching Artist-in-Residence grants program

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Dear WritersCorps Community,

The San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) is pleased to announce that WritersCorps will be changing from a direct service program to a teaching artist grants program in response to the San Francisco Arts Commission’s strategic plan. The SFAC convened key stakeholders to consider how best to honor and retain the legacy of WritersCorps; it was critical to us that we uphold and maintain the values that the program has embodied as it evolves into its next iteration.

The WritersCorps Teaching Artist-in-Residence grants model provides an exciting opportunity to retain the most important aspects of WritersCorps. The grant will include support for livable wages for teaching artists, cohort learning, and community-centered residencies for in- and after-school sites and libraries in San Francisco. The grants will also offer three-year commitments to provide the long-term, in-depth programming that is the cornerstone of the WritersCorps model. WritersCorps’ City funding partners—Department of Children, Youth and Their Families and the San Francisco Public Library—have a sustained commitment to and enthusiastically support the program’s new design.

Building on the incredible legacy of WritersCorps, the new grants strategy will enable the San Francisco Arts Commission to support teaching artists in their work developing the literacy and creative writing skills of young people.

Please stay tuned as we will be posting grant guidelines in March 2016. For the time being, the WritersCorps website will continue to provide program updates. If you have any questions, please contact program director Judy Nemzoff (judy.nemzoff@sfgov.org).

Thank you so much for your continued interest and support of WritersCorps.