William James Association’s Community Youth Arts Project is looking for visual artists to teach teenagers in Alternative High Schools throughout Santa Cruz County.

The mission of the Community Youth Arts Project (CYAP) is to provide quality, in-depth arts experiences for at-risk youth, in the belief that participation in the artistic process positively affects their view of themselves and the world around them. Such experiences satisfy the human need for creativity, recognition and respect and help to develop qualities such as responsibility, self-discipline, creative problem-solving and cooperation.

The youth we serve through visual, literary, and performing arts workshops are disenfranchised youth who are unable or unwilling to remain in traditional schools, or who are under jurisdiction of the juvenile justice system and need creative options in their lives.  Comprehensive and quality arts instruction is essential to the success of the program.

We are particularly interested in workshop ideas that connect these youths to the community at large through performance, writing and visual art collaborations.  Bilingual Artists are strongly encouraged to apply.

Click here to link to our application.