The FAO Schwarz Fellow at The Clay Studio will engage directly with students served through programs offered by The Clay Studio and will work on curriculum development.
The Fellow will:
- Serve as a Teaching Assistant in the Claymobile program.
- Assist the Teaching Artist throughout the lesson by working one-on-one with students.
- Serve as the After-School Coordinator and directly support the after-school program’s homework help piece.
- Liaise between partner sites, schools, and neighborhood families for the after-school program.
The Fellow will split their time between direct service and strategic project work. In addition, the Fellow will spend about 10 percent of their time on professional development, cohort gatherings, and their Fellowship role.
The FAO Schwarz Fellow will focus on creating new and enhancing existing curriculum resources for the Claymobile program and other youth-focused programming.
The Fellow will:
- Formalize current lessons into a lesson plan format, including background resources, vocabulary, curriculum standards, image references, project templates, and more.
- Design and build program resources.
- Assist in the planning and delivery of our annual Teacher Open House and training for Claymobile and youth programming staff.
In addition to direct service and special project work, Fellows spend about 10 percent of their time on Fellowship professional development, cohort gatherings, and their Fellowship role. Each Fellow spends about two hours per week on Fellowship work in the area of social media, recruitment or professional development planning. These experiences will help you leave a lasting mark on this program, collaborate closely with other Fellows, and acquire skills that will be valuable in your future educational and professional pursuits.
About The Clay Studio:
As artists, advocates, and educators, The Clay Studio is committed to ensuring the space, support, and inspiration necessary for expression and mastery in the ceramic arts. We work in partnership with artists and the community to advance the ceramic arts as a force for good to build connections where all can flourish.
The Clay Studio (TCS) is a cultural leader working in Philadelphia and a champion for the ceramics community, providing a welcoming place for 30,000 people annually to examine ceramic artists’ works and engage in making ceramic art. The Clay Studio has grown to a staff of seventeen (twelve of whom are ceramic artists) who continue in the belief that shared creativity, so fundamental to humanity, is a critical force for good.
In 1994, The Clay Studio launched its Claymobile Community Engagement Program, which brings a “pop-up” ceramics studio to schools, community centers, and summer camps throughout the Philadelphia region. Our professional teaching artists provide arts education opportunities that use the tactile medium of clay to nurture imagination, critical thinking, and persistence. Each year, TCS provides hands-on art instruction to over 4,200 underserved schoolchildren through the Claymobile program. Claymobile has served as a program model for ceramic art centers across the country, including Northern Clay, Watershed, and the Penland School for Crafts. With the COVID-19 pandemic’s challenges, Claymobile adapted its programming to be available virtually, so we could continue to get clay into kids’ hands.
Since its founding, TCS has led successful expansion efforts approximately once a decade, including the most recent – Clay Together. Construction is underway on our state-of-the-art ceramics facility located in South Kensington, scheduled to be completed in late Fall 2021. The building’s design reflects lessons learned by The Clay Studio’s interaction with the South Kensington neighborhood through Claymobile. The goal in Kensington is to become a more diverse neighborhood-focused organization. We want our resources to directly impact the community with dedicated spaces and programs for children and youth. A renewed focus on community programming will carry us into our next era on the platform of social awareness, engagement, and artistic achievement.
The Fellow will be required to show proof of vaccination and required to wear a mask indoors. In addition, all staff must abide by the City of Philadelphia regulations.
The Clay Studio is an equal opportunity employer. We believe that equal opportunity for all employees is important for our continued success.
The Clay Studio will not discriminate against any employee because of race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, age, pregnancy, gender, sexual orientation, non-job-related disability, and as otherwise prohibited by law, in employment, compensation, or in terms, conditions, or privileges of employment.
Opportunity is provided to all employees and applicants based upon qualification and requirements of the job.
Applicants must be college seniors at accredited four-year colleges or universities at the time of application and be eligible to work in the United States for the duration of the two-year Fellowship.
Please apply by February 10, 2022 by 11:59 pm ET.
The Clay Studio will review each application carefully and select its Fellow by April 29th. Thanks for your interest.