The Wisconsin Arts Board and TimeSlips are recruiting four Community-Engaged Artists Interested in Engaging Older Adults


​Greetings Wisconsin Artists who reside or work in Brown, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon and Wood Counties,

Recognizing the need to connect elders from the comfort of their home to meaningful art engagements, this call for artists is made possible by a grant provided by the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies in partnership with Aroha Philanthropies, and through the Wisconsin Arts Board. As noted above, the grant restricts this opportunity to artists in Brown, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon and Wood Counties.  

With this grant, TimeSlips – a Milwaukee-based international leader in creative aging – is  recruiting four Community-Engaged Artists to engage isolated older adults in the following counties: Brown, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, and Wood.  TimeSlips' evidence-based and award-winning approach inspires others to bring joy to elders. Its training and resources infuse creativity and meaning-making into care relationships and communities. ​

Position Description
Because the need for engagement is urgent, we anticipate a quick selection process.  Artists will need to be dependable, resourceful and able to thrive in a virtual, team environment. Because we are working with a vulnerable population, all artists must pass a background check.

Artists will:

  • P​articipate in 20 hours of paid training spread out over two weeks with TimeSlips – in April, 2021
  • Remotely engage 10 isolated older adults once a week for eight weeks, via phone – in April/May/June, 2021
  • On every other weekly call, go deeper with the older adults in some sort of sequential arts learning and practice, developing their own skills in art making (the shape that the art will take will depend on the artistic practice of the chosen artist, and might include poetry, short story, 'zines, collage work, or other)
  • Document engagements and submit documentation to the project manager  
  • Shape engagements into a co-created artistic piece with each older adult that can be shared back with them​
  • Support pre/post evaluation of the project
  • Participate in a culminating virtual showcase of the work via Zoom during the final week of the project
  • Work an estimated 10 hours per week for 11 weeks, all remotely

Required skills:

  • Demonstrated experience in joyfully engaging non-artists in creative expression
  • Demonstrated expertise in at least one art form
  • Demonstrated ability to efficiently track and document work and troubleshoot and adjust to challenges
  • Demonstrated comfort with technology
  • 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
  • Track record of working both independently and collaboratively with an inclusive working style
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal

This position is temporary (11 weeks) and does not have any benefits, except the required government benefits of social security taxes, unemployment insurance and workers compensation insurance.

Selected artists will be paid $20 per hour for their work, and will receive TimeSlips training. Each artist will also receive up to $500 in reimbursable funds for supplies and materials supporting the creation of the culminating artistic products. ​

How to Apply
Please submit a letter of interest, resume and three artistic samples of your own artwork 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 April 1, 2021, to:  with the subject line: Community-Engaged Artist Tele-Stories.

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.

The Wisconsin Arts Board is the state agency which nurtures creativity, cultivates expression, promotes the arts, supports the arts in education, stimulates community and economic development and serves as a resource for people of every culture and heritage.  With funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the State of Wisconsin, it serves Wisconsin's communities through technical assistance services and grants.