February 8, 2018|

Job Opening: Juvenile Justice Coordinator

The Los Angeles County Arts Commission (LACAC) seeks a full-time Juvenile Justice Coordinator. Reporting to the Program Manager and working closely with the arts education team, the Juvenile Justice Coordinator supports implementation of juvenile justice strategies in LA County camps, halls, juvenile day reporting centers, housing projects and parks for the LA County Arts Education Collective.

The Los Angeles County Arts Education Collective, formerly Arts for All, is dedicated to making the arts core in public education. LACAC staff coordinates the regional effort and the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) provides curriculum and instructional services for educators Countywide.

Responsibilities

  • Coordinate the development and implementation of contracted arts instruction and mentoring services of community arts partners
  • Support project administration, including preparation and tracking of contracts, proposals, reports, invoices, detailed budgets and accounting reports
  • Monitor program effectiveness and support evaluation, documentation and reporting of contracted services; make recommendations for refining program content and design
  • Coordinate quarterly steering committee meetings
  • Participate in monthly network meetings, site planning meetings and site visits of contracted services
  • Facilitate the connection of youth workforce development programs with incarcerated youth
  • Coordinate relationships and communications with staff of other County departments, including LA County Office of Education, Probation and Mental Health, as well as juvenile justice sites
  • Support Arts Commission relationships and resource sharing with community arts partners who are working with incarcerated youth
  • Contribute arts education content knowledge as part of a team to inform program design and implementation

Qualifications

  • Three years of program coordination experience in education, social justice or juvenile justice fields
  • A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in a related field is desirable
  • Knowledge of promising practices associated with implementing arts instruction within the juvenile justice system
  • Experience with youth workforce development program a plus
  • Candidate must have a car and valid CA driver’s license with proof of insurance
  • Strong verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills, including the ability to deliver presentations
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Solid time management and the ability to work independently
  • Proficiency using Microsoft Office software including Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint

How to Apply

Candidates are invited to submit a cover letter, resume and relevant work samples (no more than three, in PDF format). Resumes should include a list of software proficiencies and note the skill level attained for each application. All submissions should be emailed to artsedcollective@arts.lacounty.gov. Please do not submit any application materials through the US mail or phone regarding the status of the submission. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt. Position will remain open until the staffing need is met.

Compensation

$3,700–$4,300 monthly contract, depending on experience.

Background

The Los Angeles County Arts Commission fosters excellence, diversity, vitality, understanding and accessibility of the arts in Los Angeles County, encompassing 88 municipalities and nearly 140 unincorporated areas, and provides leadership in cultural services. The Arts Commission funds over 360 nonprofit arts organizations through a two-year $9 million grant program, coordinates the LA County Arts Education Collective, the regional initiative dedicated to ensuring all students receive quality arts education in the County’s 81 public school districts, funds the largest arts internship program in the country, and manages the County’s civic art policy.

December 20, 2017|

Three Poems from Arts Now: LA County Arts Education Summit

The following three poems were written onsite during the Arts Now: LA County Arts Education Summit. They were written for and in response to the events, ideas and topics of the summit.

diversity
By Cyrus Roberts

through art, allow me to share my fear
but i have a fear i’ll only fit a quota
like i’m included without inclusion
you act like your diversity is hurting
birthing a fear of reparation
desperation made me this way
fear of a non-white nation made you to hate but i’ll shine if you let me
i promise i will, will you let me
but i have a fear i’m only fitting a quota
your inclusion includes labeling me the exception
a fable labeled me a weapon
abel and cain were the first brothers to kill each other
my brothers kill each other
my brothers don’t necessarily share the same skin color
if you are breathing
you are my brother
so why do you kill us
why do you hate us
are you jealous
allow me to speak to a crowd about injustice
allow me to be the black poet who speaks on black issues
but i have a fear i’m only fitting your quota
let us explore the arts
sore through the heart, label me a king
label you a queen, a king, an emperor, an empress, a sultan, a sultana
a god, the god of the world you make
create art, create music, choose to lose the idea that
it’s not good enough
don’t fit the quota, redefine art itself
and love, and love, and love


By Brian Sonia-Wallace

Nelson Mandela says: "Speak to a man in a language he understands,
and you can change is mind. But speak to him in his own language,
and you can change his heart."

(sung)
Madrugada me ve corriendo (Daybreak finds me running)
Bajo un cielo que empieza color… (Under a sky that's beginning to color)

Like a bridge over troubled water…


Language is learned through music
better than any other modality.
Our songs ARE scope and sequence,
students separated only by voice type
rising from their chairs.

We, too, are a choir
voices raised in support of one another
from the school board to the halls of Sacramento
the melody bears the message:
Arts ARE the intervention.

We read data like sheet music
slice politics with facts
that are not alternative but may provide alternatives.
(We wouldn't put up with these outcomes for reading!)
Here's what we have.
Here's what our students have a right to.
La lucha sigue.
Adelante!

How do we go from diversity to inclusion to belonging?
How do we uplift what's in our backyards rather than exporting?
How do we empower students to be their own advocates,
just by giving them the language?

In the words of a 17-year-old, "Youth are not the future, they are the now."
So now:

  • we commit to listening
  • to learning new languages, from dance to data,
  • uplifting young hearts, trading number scales for adjectives.

We are arts advocates
so we are ideas people and idealists,
building Wonderland
through sweat equity;
we have believed as many as 6 impossible things before breakfast!
It's after four, now.
We're on to fondue.
But we refuse
to stop
believing.


Translation
By Aman K. Batra

If our history writes our stories
better than we can,
where do we go from here?

Struggling to prosper,
stuck and equal,
growth born from discomfort
like 3,000 cherry blossoms
suspended in the air.

If you knew me,
you would know the broken glass
of my fractured identity.
Every day I am shattered
and reconstructed again,
a dark figure reflecting
shades of deep purple.

    The eyes melting but I can still see
    The skin in flames but I can still feel


What am I if not the echo
of my name repeated back to me?
A fiber in the wind?
There is so much strength
in my fragility, so much to unlearn
in our conditioning,
in the removal of setting.

I am a collection of found objects:
a hallowed out redwood,
a line from a Rodriguez poem,
the ash of memory from burned trees.

I am culture redefined,
exhibit of borderland,
summit of translation,
notebook of observation,
pink light full of conviction
telling anyone who will listen:

    If our history writes our stories
    better than we can,
    our very existence
    is a renaissance.

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