“The way in which you create art matters because it forms and shapes how you decide to act.” Dawson Vosburg – Arts Team
You love making art. Whether through photography, writing, music, painting, sculpture, ceramics, or another medium, you derive deep joy and satisfaction from expressing yourself through creative means.
We have the perfect place for you!
Mission Year Arts Teams welcome artists of all kinds to bring their gifts, skills, passions, and talents to the neighborhood! Our ARTS TEAMS are designed to help you merge your artistic abilities with your desire to grow your faith and love those around you. You will live with other artists and create a community that motivates, inspires, and cultivates a deeper connection between art and social change.
You will experience community living among other creatives and enjoy the opportunity to experiment in new areas. You will contribute to a communal, neighborhood-focused art project that your team chooses and facilitates. You will engage in a curriculum discussion in response to a book highlighting the intersection of faith and art. You will journey together in the inspiring context of an urban community and capture the stories happening around you every day.
Previous team members have produced music albums, shared public art installations, penned the narratives of women in the neighborhood, created urban green spaces, filmed interactive documentaries, and so much more. Artistic projects are not formally assigned, but rather, follow an organic process of development that stems from your experiences in the community.
Are you looking for specific types of artistic interests?
No! We are open to videographers, dancers, writers, musicians, crafters, poets, glass blowers (yes, we’ve had one on the team), designers…. you! Because you have the freedom to explore creative projects in your community and with your team, your unique gifts will find a good home on the arts team.
Will my service site incorporate the arts?
Not all arts-focused team members will serve at service sites that are solely dedicated to the arts, although many organizations are eager and enthusiastic to find opportunities to incorporate your gifts into your work. A team member volunteering at a housing organization used her graphic design skills to create flyers and materials for the nonprofit. When the high school couldn’t find an affordable photographer, a Mission Year team member stepped in to take senior portraits of the student body. If you find it life-giving to practice creativity, we guarantee there will be spaces created throughout your weekly rhythms in Mission Year to explore various artistic outlets.
What is the process to apply for a Mission Year arts team?
The very first step is to fill out the general application for Mission Year. Be sure to note that you are interested in one of our arts-focused teams! As you move through the admissions process, we will follow up with you and request a very short and simple additional application for this program. Early application is encouraged since these teams fill up quickly!