WritersCorps Teaching Artist in Residence grant

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Dear WritersCorps Community,

The WritersCorps Teaching Artist in Residence  grant application and guidelines are now posted on the San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) website.

About the WritersCorps Teaching Artist in Residence grant

The WritersCorps Teaching Artist in Residence (WCTAIR) grant is a three year grant, renewed annually, that provides support to individual teaching artists to offer free, long-term, in-depth literacy–focused arts workshops to youth at San Francisco community sites. Sites may include in-school or after-school classes and must include complementary programming with a neighborhood branch of the San Francisco Public Library (SFPL). The communities prioritized by the grant may include, but are not limited to, youth who are low-income, impacted by the justice system, pregnant or parenting teens, and/or English language learners.

The WritersCorps Teaching Artist in Residence (WCTAIR) grant will support teaching artists with a proven track record of working with the proposed youth population to deliver high quality programming. The San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) will provide a multiyear grant award to cultivate a deep collaboration between a literary teaching artist and a community-based organization or school. The SFAC will provide technical assistance and professional development for the teaching artist. These activities will include periodic meetings with the grantee cohort and occasional learning institutes for mutual support and shared learning. The grant prioritizes funding for teaching artists with experience to be effective in the community they propose to serve.

Click here to read more about the WCTAIR grant and download the FY2016-2017 WritersCorps Application & Guidelines.

Click here to read more about the WCTAIR grant technical assistance workshops available in April and May 2016.

Click here to read SFAC’s letter to the community about WritersCorps changing from a direct service program to a teaching artist grants program.

Applications are due via email to sfac.grants@sfgov.org by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 23, 2016.

For specific questions about the WCTAIR grant, contact Community Investments Program Officer Liz Ozol at liz.ozol@sfgov.org or 415-252-2231.

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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 SFAC will be posting grant guidelines in March 2016. For the time being, the WritersCorps website will continue to provide program updates. For more information about the San Francisco Arts Commission, click here. If you have any questions, please contact SFAC’s Community Investments Program Director Judy Nemzoff at judy.nemzoff@sfgov.org or 415-252-2227.

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

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