Wednesday, August 27, 2014


Seeking Teaching Artists

For Fall/Winter School Year


About Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre

Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre's mission is to fuse dance, music, and visual art to explore and celebrate the cultural diversity of contemporary American life. The founding artists' philosophy seeks to enhance the human experience through the creative fusion of innovative and original work in each of these disciplines.  CRDT also is dedicated to community programs to teach students in underserved communities how the arts can provide a powerful alternative to violence in conflict resolution. For more information on CRDT's community programs please email us.


Job Description

Cerqua Rivera is seeking experienced teaching artists with knowledge of incorporating dance/movement into classroom curriculum.  All classes are held in partnership with Rudy Lozano Leadership Academy.  Teaching artists is responsible for providing a positive collaborative program with the classroom teacher to create an innovative program that reinforces curriculum goals, engages and challenges students in the study of dance and science/health.  In addition to leading movement classes, teaching artist is responsible for leading discussions about proper nutrition and hydration and basic body movements in dance as well discussions about movement and choreography along with an overall history of dance. This program is fundamentally devoted to: stretching and conditioning, emphasizing proper body placement and technique, the exploration & creation of movement and to support the students in ESL development.


Knowledge of multiple dance forms and dance history a plus.  Other curricula experience/background highly desired: theater, music, English.



Mon- Thru 12:50-2:30

Friday at 9:56-10:36

Submit your cover letter and resume to:

Wilfredo Rivera

Artistic Director
Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre

National Young Arts Foundation 2015 application cycle now open!!

If you feel you have a student ready to apply for this amazing opportunity don't wait apply today.


2015 Application Cycle
Application is OPEN.
Deadline: October 17, 2014

Why Apply

YoungArts Winners represent a dynamic group of artists who go on to become leading professionals in their fields. Alumni are Oscar, Grammy, Emmy and Tony award nominees. They dance with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the New York City Ballet, and play in the Chicago Symphony and New York Philharmonic Orchestras. Their work appears on The New York Times bestseller list, at The Museum of Modern Art and in the Sundance Film Festival.

By applying to the YoungArts program you are eligible for:

·         Up to $10,000 in monetary awards

·         Exclusive U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts nomination

·         Master classes with world-renowned artists

·         Access to scholarships, career opportunities and professional contacts

·         Opportunity for works to be viewed by top artists in their fields

·         All applicants to YoungArts have the opportunity to learn about college programs, scholarships, summer programs and festivals through participation in the YoungArts Student List Service (SLS)

About YoungArts

YoungArts identifies and nurtures emerging artists ages 15-18 (or in grades 10-12) in the visual, literary, design and performing arts.  Winners in cinematic arts, dance, design, jazz, music, photography, theater, visual arts, voice, and writing are provided once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, significant access to scholarships and national recognition.  YoungArts ensures the nation’s most outstanding young artists are encouraged – at critical junctures in their lives – to pursue careers in the arts.

About the Awards


National Winners

Every year the country’s most promising young artists are selected from across the country as National Winners.   Last year alone there were 687 Winners chosen from over 11,000 applications from across the nation. These Winners have the opportunity to attend YoungArts programs which include master classes with internationally renowned artists, workshops, interdisciplinary activities, performances and exhibitions.  In addition, all YoungArts Winners join the ranks of our 20,000 YoungArts alumni and go on to the top universities and conservatories across the country to become leading professionals in their fields. 

Recognition Levels

Merit: Receive a Certificate of Achievement, a medallion, a Recommendation Letter and are invited to participate in regional programs.  The winner’s high school also receives an engraved plaque with the names of every winner from that school.

Honorable Mention: Receives the same benefits as a Merit winner plus a $250 monetary award.

Finalist: Receives the same benefits as a Merit winner plus an invitation to National YoungArts Week held in January for final adjudication to determine award designation (Level 3 $1000, Level 2 $1500, Level 1 $3000, Silver $5000, Gold $10,000).

YoungArts Programs

YoungArts Program participants enjoy the rare opportunity to take master classes and interdisciplinary workshops from world-renowned artists, such as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Bill T. Jones, Marina Abramovic, Frank Gehry, Wynton Marsalis, Placido Domingo, James Rosenquist and other masters in a variety of artistic disciplines with the opportunity to perform and exhibit their works at cultural venues in each program city.

National YoungArts Week: Our National YoungArts Week Finalists, spanning ten disciplines, converge in Miami for YoungArts Week held each January.  Finalists continue to be adjudicated during YoungArts Week by participating in master classes, performances, exhibitions, and interdisciplinary sessions.  Finalists who are graduating high school seniors also have the opportunity to be nominated by YoungArts to the U.S. Presidential Scholars Commission.

Regional Programs: Inspired by the transformative experiences offered during National YoungArts Week, Regional Programs are designed to offer the YoungArts experience to as many Winners as possible from an ever-growing list of locations.  Presently, our Regional Programs are YoungArts Miami, YoungArts New York, and YoungArts Los Angeles.

How to Apply

Application to YoungArts is made through the completion of an on-line application and submission of an audition or portfolio. No references or academic transcripts are required. There is a $35 (non-refundable) application fee per category. Fee waivers are available. Applicants may submit in more than one discipline or category within a discipline. Please refer to the discipline and category guidelines for details.

Deadline for submission of both application and audition portfolio is October 17, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time). No application will be reviewed unless a complete set of materials is submitted by the deadline.


Young artists in grades 10-12 or ages 15-18 on December 1, 2014 may apply. International students who are studying in the U.S. on a student visa are eligible to apply. 

Audition Portfolio Requirements

Each of our 10 disciplines (cinematic arts, dance, design, jazz, music, photography, theater, visual arts, voice, and writing) have specific requirements for the audition portfolio. Information on audition and portfolio requirements are available on the YoungArts website here

Adjudication of Application Materials and Audition Portfolio

YoungArts has a rigorous blind adjudication process. No identifying information on submitted audition portfolio materials is permitted. Independent panels of discipline specific adjudicators review all completed application submissions without any knowledge of the applicant.  Each submission is reviewed in its entirety by the panel members. Following the review process, applicants from the total pool are selected as National Winners.

Notification of Application Status

All applicants will receive email and hard copy mailed notification of their status by December of 2014.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

2014/2015 Knowledge Share


Recruiting – Retaining – Engaging 


September 8th

9:30am – 2:00pm

Old Town School of Music

4544 N Lincoln Avenue
Chicago Illinois

As we enter our fifth year in Arts Infusion many of our organizations continue to struggle with recruitment.  In some cases, once new students do enroll, we run the risk of losing them to other (and sometimes riskier) activities.  The September knowledge share is dedicated to exploring different engagement techniques from organizations across the country.  Collectively we will work to develop recruitment and engagement strategies that can be implemented immediately.  During the morning session we will explore the strategies provided in the National Guild for Community Arts Engagement guide: Engaging Adolescents Building Youth partnership in the arts.  Then in smaller break-out sessions, we will share successful strategies and perspective that improved student engagement.

Goals for the September workshop include:

Ø  Review the target population

Ø  Identify organizational recruitment goals. 

Ø  Identify successful recruitment strategies.

Ø  Understand the importance of developing long-term retention plans.


9:30 – 10:00                                           Breakfast/Meet and Greet
10:00 – 10:30                                         Welcome/Introduction/Announcement

10: 30 – 11:30                                        Engaging Adolescents Building Youth partnership

                                                       Presenter – Ann Douglas

11:30 – 12:00                                         Breakout sessions/ small group assignments

                                                       Group Leaders – Ozivell Ecford &  Jucinda Bullie
12: 00 – 12:45                                         Lunch

 12:45 – 1:30                                           Report findings/Planning

1:30 – 2:00                                              Upcoming Events/ Annual Calendar

Teaching Artists please come prepared to share two things;  One,  please bring one of your must successful classroom activities that have proven to make even to most skeptical student brake down walls of resistance, be prepared to lead the group through this activity. Two,  please bring  your organizations calendar of events  for the 2014/2015 school year.  It is our hope to provide more engagement opportunities for our youth across the Arts Infusion network.  This begins with us developing an annual calendar which will include performances and showcases that all AI students can attend.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Save The Dates

I hope you are all having a safe and productive summer.  The new school year is fast approaching please mark your calendars for the 2014/2015 knowledge share schedule.   
Arts Infusion
2014/2015 Knowledge Share Dates
Monday September 8th
10:00am - 2:00pm
Monday November 10th
10:00am - 2:00pm
Monday February 16th
10:00am - 2:00pm
Monday April 6th
10:00am - 2:00pm

Saturday, August 2, 2014


This is a wonderful opportunity for arts infusion partners to build awareness about your fall programs and bring some attention to the fine work you are doing while supporting a cause that I know is important to all of us.



Saturday, September 6th 

11am and 3pm 

North Lawndale Christian Community Center

 3750 W. Ogden

We are currently seeking organizations willing to set up an information tables so attendees can learn more about of the services you provide. This event will be greatly publicized so that the larger Chicago area is aware of the resources made available to them (such as jobs, housing opportunities, and GED tutoring services).

We will have several artists (singers, poets, and rappers) present their art and also speak to the audience about the ills of gun violence. There will be food, games, school supplies and book giveaways.
Please click on this link to confirm your participation in the event. All co-sponsors will be acknowledged for their contributions.

If you have any questions, please email kenyatta.rogers02@gmail or

call me at 330-348-1884.

Thanks once again for your time and consideration. No one else can take our city back but us. We look forward to connecting with you soon!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Literature for All of Us is hiring!

Hello, all. Literature for All of Us is looking for two dynamic teaching artists to add to our staff. We are looking to hire two full-time Book Group Leaders this summer.

Interviews begin soon, so please pass along the information below to any interested parties or other networks you think appropriate (the listing is also on and Deadline for application materials is next Wednesday, July 23rd. Please see below for further information including job description, requested application materials, and application process. Planned start date is August 25th.

Thank you!

-Program Staff of Literature for All of Us

Literature for All of Us brings the rewards of reading and writing through book group discussions to teen parents and other young people in underserved neighborhoods. We build communities of readers, poets, and critical thinkers. We develop family literacy by providing children’s literature and child development resources to teen parents. We open worlds by opening books.

Position Title: Book Group Leader – Male groups focused (40 hours per week)

Position Summary:
Facilitate weekly book group discussions for young people—specifically, groups of males and mixed-gender groups—in various educational settings in Chicago and Evanston. We are seeking an experienced creative, mature, flexible and open-minded individual with respect for teenagers and love of literature. Casual, small office environment. Some weekend and evening work required. Competitive salary and benefits.  Planned start date: August 25th, 2014.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Facilitating book discussions and poetry writing using prepared curriculum.
  • Expand male programming by researching and developing materials and curriculum for male book groups.
  • Preparing reports on each session and typing original poems from participants.
  • Maintaining book group files.
  • Arranging occasional poetry readings, field trips, and guest speakers for groups.
  • Coordinating publication of poetry anthologies for groups.
  • Occasional appearances/speaking responsibilities as representative of the organization at fundraising events.

Education and Experience:
  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Experience in facilitating group discussions.
  • Knowledge of Contemporary Literature, specifically Latin American and African American authors.
  • Prior experience working successfully with teen males and diverse populations. (2+ years preferred)

  • Ability to motivate young minds to creatively discuss literature and poetry, and to write poetry.
  • Strong writing and literary analysis skills.
  • Ability to facilitate discussions with youth regarding oftentimes difficult subjects (e.g., sex, drugs, violence, race, etc.).
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • Sensitivity to working with youth from diverse cultural backgrounds.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office.
  • Able to work effectively as a member of small team in fast-paced environment.
  • Takes initiative.
  • Valid driver’s license and consistent access to a reliable automobile necessary.
  • Ability to lift and carry 30 lbs.
  • Bilingual Spanish/English desirable.

Qualified candidates should forward to email address or fax number below:

  • RÉSUMÉ and
  • 1-2 PAGE (single space) LITERARY ANALYSIS (analysis may be based on any literature of applicant’s choosing and may be excerpted from longer and/or preexisting personal work)
 Failure to submit all requested documents will result in applicant not being considered for position.

Literature for All of Us
2010 Dewey Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201
Fax: 847-869-7325
ABSOLUTELY NO PHONE CALLS, PLEASE—Applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. THANK YOU!