Art Therapist - Contractual
WHO WE ARE:
SkyART is a permanent fixture in the vibrant cultural landscape of Chicago's SouthSide. Founded in 2001 with a mission to provide youth with an accessible, safe place toparticipate in quality visual arts programs at no cost, SkyART continues to fulfill its mission in South Side and West Side neighborhoods, reaching young people through a rich variety of programs. Driving its mission is a deep understanding of the transformative power of art and its capacity to enhance intellectual, emotional and social development. SkyART is a foundation from which creativity grows and individuals flourish. Participants are invited into a world of imaginative possibilities and connections that go beyond the individual, to positively impact all of the communities where we work and the city as a whole.
WHO WE SERVE:
SkyART’s target population is typified by the South Chicago community, where residents work hard to overcome high rates of poverty, unemployment and crime. In this mostly Latinx and African American neighborhood, the census data indicates that 23.5% of households fall below the poverty line, 8.5% are unemployed, and 20% have no high school diploma; the Chicago Police Department report shows that 22% of crime complaints were filed in this neighborhood, and more than 98% of children are eligible for free or subsidized lunch as tracked by the Chicago Board of Education. One-third of this at-risk population are youth under twenty years old, a vibrant group who are eager to express themselves and develop their abilities. Dealing with the real-life impacts associated with such statistics is a challenge that we are honored to help our young people face.
WHAT WE DO:
Founded by an Art Therapist, SkyART uses art to communicate, to connect and to heal. Through interdisciplinary, process-based projects, skill-building workshops and large-scale collaborations, SkyART encourages critical thinking and inspires creative expression for youth ages 7 to 24. In our studios youth work collaboratively with therapists or teaching artists in an atmosphere of mutual esteem and shared curiosity, through our dynamic and experimental new methodology. SkyART has always provided art therapy, however in 2020 it became clear we needed to refine our processes and methods to reach more youth and meet surging demand. We created Project Impact to directly respond to the mental health needs of our young people with individual and group art therapy. We believe connecting with youth through the arts, facilitated by a trained therapist, will play an instrumental role in healing and rebuilding our community.
HOW YOU CONTRIBUTE:
SkyART Art Therapists work effectively with a team of clinical therapists to provide comprehensive, expressive art therapy services to SkyART participants. The Art Therapist will understand the realities youth face in an underserved, underinvested neighborhood. They will have experience in effective interventions with low income communities and how to work virtually to help young people address issues of isolation, stress, change and trauma. Art therapists will refer to public health psychosocial guidelines during a pandemic, promoting self-care, artistic expression and inspiration, challenging stigma, securing family connections, monitoring secondary traumatic stress, developing coping and resilience; maintaining relationships and amplifying hope.
● Provide and customize virtual or in-studio art therapy individual and group sessions to meet organizational goals and/or objectives for specific populations, such as those in detention facilities, shelters, or home environments.
● Assess participants’ needs, using drawing, painting, sculpting, or other artistic processes and interventions.
● Conduct art therapy sessions providing guided self-expression experiences to help participants recover and/or heal from or cope with emotional impairments due to their current social or socio-economic environment.
● Use SkyART wellness assessment to analyze or synthesize narrative and observational data to create unique wellness goals or make recommendations for future art therapy sessions.
● Document sessions in the organizational database using SkyART forms.
● Establish goals or objectives for art therapy sessions in consultation with Youth Support Manager and programs team.
● Recommend or purchase needed art supplies or equipment for sessions.
● Possibly conduct workshops on art therapy techniques and/or processes to
Teaching Artists, interns, volunteers and staff.
YOUR BACKGROUND INCLUDES:
● MA in Art Therapy, psychology, social service degree with a visual art background required
● Cultural competency working with individuals from diverse backgrounds
● Detailed-oriented with excellent communication, organizational, interpersonal and writing skills
● Practicing artists encouraged
● Bilingual (Spanish/English) strongly preferred
● LCPC, LPC, LSW, ATR or LCSW required
WHAT WE OFFER:
$20-$50/hour/Part-Time & Contractual
HOW YOU APPLY:
Please submit a cover letter with your resume by email to firstname.lastname@example.org with ”Art Therapist” in the subject line. Do not mail or fax. No telephone inquiries please.