How I Became an Artista: A Cultural Literacy Program
How I Became an Artista is a cultural literacy program organized by CALA Alliance, Childsplay and ASU Art Museum that introduces elementary students in Metro Phoenix to the life and work of Latino/a and Latin American artists. Through reading, movement, and art-making, teaching artists in the visual and performing arts tell the story of how children become artistas who celebrate culture and make new traditions.
Established in 2011, this multi-faceted and interactive program has reached over 7,000 young children in 30 Metro Phoenix Title I elementary schools. Past programs focused on the life and work of Mexican artists Diego Rivera (The Diego Project: 2011-2013) and Frida Kahlo (The Frida Project: 2014-2016).
This year How I Became an Artista will focus on Cuban music legend Celia Cruz. During month-long school residencies in April-May 2017, students in third and fourth grade classrooms will participate in the following activities led by Phoenix teaching artists:
How I Became an Artista seeks creative, innovative and qualified Latino/a teaching artists with a focus in the visual arts, music, or movement for part-time employment April-May 2017.
All interested applicants should send a resume and copy of their fingerprint clearance card to Andrea Lombardi at Alombardi@childsplayaz.org.
Applications are due by March 31.