Profession community artist

Community artists research, plan, organise and lead artistic activities for people brought together by a shared interest, capacity, environment or condition. They manage and coordinate creative projects with local groups and individuals to foster their artistic creativity and improve their quality of life. Community artists make the arts accessible to the community they work for, and provide opportunities for participants to shape their artistic programme.

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Knowledge

  • Labour legislation

    Legislation, on a national or international level, that governs labour conditions in various fields between labour parties such as the government, employees, employers, and trade unions.

  • Intellectual property law

    The regulations that govern the set of rights protecting products of the intellect from unlawful infringement.

  • Art history

    The history of art and artists, the artistic trends throughout centuries and their contemporary evolutions.

Skills

  • Balance participants' personal needs with group needs

    Apply a variety of approaches in your practice that balances the needs of each individual with that of the group as a whole. Strengthen each individual's capability and experience, known as person centred practice, while at the same time stimulating the participants and support workers to form a cohesive group. Create a supportive and safe atmosphere for an active exploration of your artistic discipline.

  • Contextualise artistic work

    Identify influences and situate your work within a specific trend which may be of an artistic, aesthetic, or philosophical natures. Analyse the evolution of artistic trends, consult experts in the field, attend events, etc.

  • Collaborate with stakeholders in leading community arts

    Collaborate with a chosen team, gathering artists from other disciplines, art mediation coordinator, and/or health workers, physiotherapists and learning support workers, etc. in order to maximise the community arts program’s impact. Be clear about your collective roles, and evaluate their performance as a whole combining reflexive and reflective in your practice.

  • Follow environmentally-sustainable work practices

    Apply principles, policies and regulations aimed at environmental sustainability in the workplace.

  • Develop artistic coaching programme

    Develop and administer a coaching programme specific to the artistic project and performing individuals.

  • Work with respect for own safety

    Apply the safety rules according to training and instruction and based on a solid understanding of the prevention measures and risks to your own personal health and safety.

  • Develop a coaching style

    Develop a style for coaching individuals or groups that ensures all participants are at ease, and are able to acquire the necessary skills and competences provided in the coaching in a positive and productive manner.

  • Manage participants' expectations

    Build trust and relationships with all stakeholders. Articulate how your artistic discipline (dance, music, theater, visual arts...) can variously benefit, and support the needs and aspirations of, individuals and communities. Manage expectations of people involved once the community arts programme is designed or being designed. Be as clear as possible in the scoping stage to build trust between yourself, your potential groups, and funders. Be aware of social agendas, specially in government funded programs.

  • Manage personal professional development

    Take responsibility for lifelong learning and continuous professional development. Engage in learning to support and update professional competence. Identify priority areas for professional development based on reflection about own practice and through contact with peers and stakeholders.

  • Research your target community

    Match your skills with your research on the needs of the target community.

  • Develop awareness for your group participants

    Identify and record the learning that has taken place both for individuals in the group and for yourself to support development of quality in the work produced.

  • Direct community arts activities

    Devise and deliver participatory community arts activities that protect the health and safety of yourself and participants to be able to draw out the most effective learning. Take into account the whole experience of the art session.

  • Contribute to a safe working environment

    Apply basic safety rules according to training and instruction and based on a solid understanding of the risks to you and your colleagues.

  • Interact with an audience

    Convey the artistic values of the art form(s). Respond to the reactions of your audience and involve them.

  • Confer on artwork

    Introduce and discuss the nature and content of art work, achieved or to be produced with an audience, art directors, catalogue editors, journalists, and other parties of interest.

  • Develop educational resources

    Create and develop educational resources for visitors, school groups, families and special interest groups.

  • Evaluate focus of community arts practice

    Evaluate your working practices before, within and after the sessions using feedback from a variety of sources to support your judgment. Recognise not only where you should be developing your own skills, or applying changes to the program design, but also what aspects of your professional practice can be outsourced to enable you to concentrate on your sessions. Identify where you are under-resourced, reflect on this and think creatively about how to reshape your dance offer to be clear about what you can and cannot take on. Interpret the data collected to create a report of your findings.

  • Communicate with target community

    Identify and implement the best channels of communication for the community you are looking to work with.

  • Assess your competencies in leading community arts

    Evaluate and communicate your skills in leading community activites, especially any other complementary experience that may be advantageous.

  • Assess community arts programme resources

    Identify the intellectual, theoretical, or physical resources or supplies available to develop your mediation practice. Identify what further support you may need from other artists, other specialists (physiotherapists, physicians...), supporting workers, etc. Identify the administrative support you need and plan how you can outsource.

  • Develop educational activities

    Develop speeches, activities and workshops in order to foster access and comprehension to the artistic creation processes. It can address a particular cultural and artistic event such as a show or an exhibition, or it can be related to a specific discipline (theatre, dance, drawing, music, photography etc.). Liaise with storytelles, craftspeople and artists.

  • Define artistic approach

    Define your own artistic approach by analysing your previous work and your expertise, identifying the components of your creative signature, and starting from these explorations to describe your artistic vision.

  • Develop cultural activities

    Develop activities adapted to the outreach and/or audience. Take into account difficulties and needs observed and identified from the perspective of enhancing curiosity and general capability to access to art and culture.

  • Participate in artistic mediation activities

    Participate in cultural and artistic mediation activities: announce the activity, give a presentation or talk related to a piece of art or an exhibition, teach a class or a group, lead artistic mediation activities, lead or participate in a public discussion.

Optional knowledge and skills

participate in music studio recordings manage artistic project read scripts keep personal administration coordinate artistic production be in touch with your body develop artistic project budgets present exhibition demonstrate technical expertise of your dance style employ pedagogic strategies to facilitate creative engagement theatre techniques

Common job titles

  • Program manager, community engagement
  • Creative citymaking program manager
  • Artist in residence
  • Community engagement coordinator (ft)
  • Manager, dc school and community initiatives (dcsci)
  • Partnerships and engagement program liaison (full-time)
  • Artist/educator
  • Community manager- paid internship
  • Care associate
  • Program assistant