Job Description

The Artist in Residence will provide on-site technical assistance and support to water conservation organizations operating in southern Belize, who participated in an initial training in 2013. S/he will accompany and train partner organization staff and community leaders as they:

  • integrate creative leadership tools and strategies learned during our course into their work; and
  • design and implement arts-based processes that support their institutional goals

The main responsibilities of the Artist in Residence include:

  • provide coaching support to reinforce and expand learning from the Creative Leadership workshops
  • teach partner staff and community leaders new creative facilitation techniques and artistic processes based on the ArtCorps methodology that help to further local environmental priorities
  • guide the design and implementation of a specific activity or project introduce artistic tactics for campaigns or regional strategies (e.g. murals, theater skits, giant puppets, banners and signs, oral history projects, recycled art/trash, radio drama, etc.)
  • build sustainability into the design of all projects, using locally available resources and transfer knowledge and skills to local leaders
  • document his/her work through a work plan, project progress reports and evaluations, blog posts, photos, video, etc.

Core Competencies

  • Community development and group facilitation experience (gender, youth, environmental or health focus preferred)
  • Artistic training in any media and comfort with a variety of artistic mediums (theater, music, visual arts, etc.)
  • Understanding of theory and application of art for social change Demonstrated proficiency in creative facilitation and popular education
  • Flexibility in meeting clients’ and ArtCorps’ needs Cultural competency (able to adapt workshops for target audience and enrich curriculum with local examples)
  • Adept organization and self-motivation that will ensure efficient time management

Additional Qualifications

  • A commitment to supporting ArtCorps’ mission of using creativity for social change and the ability to be part of a small team in a start-up environment
  • Ability to document projects and contribute to the development of new tools and strategies through reports, evaluations, blog posts, photos and video
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills including oral and written communication
  • Experience working as part of a virtual team Enthusiasm and willingness to learn
  • Bilingual (English-Spanish) preferred
  • Graduate studies preferred


The Artist in Residence will be based in the Punta Gorda region of southern Belize. The Artist in Residence is required to cover his/her travel to the main project site. Regional travel to different project sites will be provided as needed.

Training and Support

ArtCorps will provide training in our Creative Leadership for Social Change methodology as well as technical assistance and support from our Education and Training staff in the region.

Compensation and Availability

This is a full-time contract position. A competitive monthly compensation will be provided to cover normal living costs. The Artist in Residence is expected to start in February or March 2014 and work for a minimum of ten months until December 2014, with the possibility of extending for a second year. This is an entry-level position with opportunities for growth.

How to Apply

Please send cover letter, curriculum vitae and samples of your work to by January 15, 2014.

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