Open Call For Artists

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Groundswell is seeking creative and experienced Teaching Artists and Muralists with a commitment to community-based social justice work, to lead a variety of programs including after-school mural and multidisciplinary arts residencies, studio based visual arts programs for teens, and community commissions. 


Every Groundswell project follows a thoughtful process, guided by the vision of youth, community members, and artists. To ensure that every Groundswell project is a successful and authentic collaboration, we look for artists who are both technically skilled and rooted in principles of justice. 


Specific qualifications include: 

Skill and mastery of arts discipline(s) 

  • Mural Arts
  • llustration
  • Printmaking
  • Graphic Design
  • Photo
  • Video Production 
  • Animation 
  • Mixed Media 

Knowledge of arts education and youth development 

  • Commitment to anti-oppressive pedagogy and community building.
  • Understanding of youth development principles. 
  • Prior facilitation experience in public school settings. 

 Mission alignment

  • Agent for social change and human justice.
  • Willingness to combat racism on internalized, interpersonal, institutional, and systemic levels.
  • Advocate for honest, reflective, public art that challenges oppressive cultural beliefs and values.

Authentic investment in community

  • Demonstrated care for, and engagement with, your community.
  • Commitment to engaging, listening, and co-creating artwork with community members.