Seeking Durham, North Carolina-area Resident Community-Engaged Artist

July 29, 2020

Artist in Residence Position Description: Dementia Inclusive Durham Partnership Project 

About: TimeSlips TimeSlips’ evidence-based and award-winning approach inspires awe and brings joy to elders and their care partners. Our training and resources infuse creativity and meaning-making into care relationships and systems. 

TimeSlips began with one volunteer in 1998. We became an independent nonprofit in 2013, and now train and certify individuals and organizations across the world. There are currently 910+ Certified Facilitators, and 48 Creative Communities of Care with 65 more in the pipeline. 

TimeSlips’ bold vision is that creative expression, growth and meaning is available to us at every stage of life, no matter where we live or our abilities. We aim to change the way we understand and experience aging by bringing young people into positive relationships with elders; engaging family members to have meaningful, emotional connection, and infusing creativity into our care systems to inspire staff to feed their own creativity while inviting elders to imagine and express themselves. 

TimeSlips’ Creativity Center, with 300+ prompts, is free to all users and provides an endless fountain of ideas for engaging elders in meaningful projects large and small. 

Our core values are: 

● Saying “Yes, And...”; 

● Asking Beautiful Questions; 

● Giving Proof of Listening; 

● Opening ourselves to Wonder; 

● Committing to rigor and the value of all human beings; and 

● Finding meaning by connecting our personal expressions to the larger world. 

These core values guide our trainings and every aspect of our operations. 

We are a small, powerful team that will be made stronger by collaborating and leveraging diversity across gender, age, upbringing, education, talent and life experience. TimeSlips is committed to high standards, impact and respecting for one another, and our partners. 

Commission Description 

With the support of grant funding, TimeSlips is recruiting 2 community-engaged Artists in Residence in 2020, and up to 4 community-engaged Artists in Residence in 2021. AIR’s will be: 

Part of a partnered project with Dementia Inclusive Durham (DID) to bring meaningful engagement to community members with dementia and with intellectual and developmental disabilities with dementia. 

Together, TimeSlips and DID will train volunteers throughout Durham to engage the target population with “Beautiful Questions,” questions with no right or wrong answer, that open a shared sense of discovery between asker / listener. Responses to the Beautiful Questions will be gathered (written and recorded) and community engaged artists will shape the responses into a form that can be shared by and celebrated with and by the larger Durham community. 

PHASE ONE (from fall 2020 through spring 2021) 2 AIRs will: 

● Participate in and complete TimeSlips trainings (virtual, est. 4 hours) (Hold August 27th) 

● Attend regular meetings [est. 1 hour/week) 

● Assist DID Action Team in engaging community participants 

● Review community responses and shape them so they can be publicly shared back with the community at large. Examples might include a mural, graphic design culminating in a book or “zine”, or audio segments to be played on the radio. All disciplines are welcome, provided they are accessible for participants without access to the internet and consider public safety. 

● Agree to complete volunteer requirements of the partnering sites (which might include a background check, TB test or Flu shot). 

PHASE TWO (from summer 2021 through spring 2022) Up to 4 AIRs will participate in trainings, meetings, and community engagement as above, with a primary focus on shaping the community responses into an event (virtual or live) held in collaboration with the Durham Children’s Choir. 

For this phase of the project, we are particularly interested in artists with skills such as: 

● Composer/arrangers for children’s choirs 

● Musicians 

● Dancers / choreographers / directors 

● Visual artists, film artists, media artists 

Required skills for both phases: 

● Demonstrated ability to communicate, develop and nurture individual relationships, with particular capacity to work compassionately across a range of differences, including race, ethnicity, economic, physical and cognitive ability, and gender and sexuality 

● demonstrated excellence in communication skills, in-person and through technology 

● demonstrated excellence in reliability (keeping a schedule, following through on tasks) 

● demonstrated understanding of and adherence to privacy issues for vulnerable populations 

● demonstrated an unbridled enthusiasm for creativity and an ability to enchant and invite participants into a safe sense of play. 

Preference given to artists living in or near Durham. 

This position is temporary and does not have any benefits (paid time off, health or dental insurance or retirement program) except the required government benefits of social security taxes, unemployment insurance and workers compensation insurance. 

Compensation Selected artists will receive up to a $5,000 commission. 

How to Apply 

Please submit a letter of interest that describes how you might shape the community responses to the Beautiful Questions as well as how your experience prepares you for this project. Please provide an estimate of supply needs. Also include a resume and three artistic samples of your own art work or work you facilitate with non-artists (links to audio files, images, writing etc.), and the names and contact information for two references who can directly address your skills in relation to this position by no later than August 9th, 2020, to: with the subject line: AIR DURHAM. 

TimeSlips is an equal opportunity employer. TimeSlips prohibits unlawful discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, age, national origin, genetic characteristics, disability, status as a special disabled veteran or veteran, marital status, sexual orientation, sexual identity or any other basis prohibited by law. TimeSlips strives to be an anti-racist, diverse organization, and encourages diverse applicants for all of its open positions.