The Departments of Arts and Culture and Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services (WDACS) seek a Creative Strategist to work in partnership with WDACS as an Artist-in-Residence. During the residency, the Creative Strategist will collaborate with staff from the Community Centers division of WDACS to develop a project that may include artistic interventions, approaches, and strategies; community engagement and participation; the identification of cultural and community assets; the creation of new artworks; and/or access to artistic and cultural experiences to meet the established goal(s) of the residency:

  1. Develop culturally relevant and community-informed arts and culture programming that is based on an intergenerational framework and that takes place at County-operated senior and community centers located in the County's First District.
  2. Develop a framework for arts and culture programming that is replicable at other County-operated senior and community centers in other districts.
  3. Introduce Community Centers division staff, constituents, and stakeholders to a wide range of performing, visual, and participatory arts programming that is representative of the rich cultural diversity of the region.

A recommendation of the Cultural Equity and Inclusion Initiative, the Creative Strategist program places artists in County departments to work alongside staff, project partners, and community stakeholders in a collaborative process to develop, strategize, promote, and implement artist-driven solutions to complex social challenges. The program supports the Countywide Cultural Policy and serves as a model for arts-based, cross-sector projects and community engagement with County departments to support equity across all domains of civic life.

Deadline For Submissions: October 25, 2021 | 11:59 PM PST

Preliminary Schedule

October 1, 2021 - Open Call (RFP) Released
October 25, 2021 - Deadline for Submissions | 11:59PM PST
Oct 26-Dec 6, 2021 - Panel Review and Finalist Interviews
January 10, 2022 - Creative Strategist Residency Begins
January 9, 2024 - Residency Ends


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Creative Strategist | WDACS Multi-Year Residency

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