The City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division is planning to start a series of residencies for artists to work with local youths from 14 to 21 years old in a variety of artistic disciplines and media.

Artists working in visual arts, dance, film/video, digital media, literary arts, music, and theater are wanted to apply for these residencies at the Virginia Avenue Park Teen Center.

After more than ten years of planning and two years of construction, city officials re-opened the completely renovated park in December and it now features a Teen Center designed to be a haven for neighborhood high school students.

The Teen Center aims to use the arts as a tool to help young people develop life skills.

Residencies are anticipated to operate on a quarterly basis and the initial deadline to submit a “request for qualifications application” is Monday, June 12th.

However, the request process will remain open indefinitely and new artists will be added periodically to a pre-approved list as an ongoing resource in order to hire qualified artists for the Virginia Avenue Park Teen Center.

As a new facility, the Teen Center is an evolving concept and programs are still changing to respond to community need, requiring adaptability on the part of staff and artists, officials say.

On average, residencies will rotate on a quarterly basis, although some may be shorter or longer in duration depending on the nature of the class.

Artists will be paid on a scale of $50 to $100 per hour, depending on qualifications, experience, and the specific focus of the residency.

Eligibility requirements:

n Artists must have previous experience as youth arts educators.

n In addition, all selected artists will need to comply with City of Santa Monica contracting requirements, including purchasing a City of Santa Monica business license and being fingerprinted in order to complete registration in the Child Index Survey.

Fingerprinting is mandated for all individuals prior to working in the city’s youth programs.

A panel will be periodically convened to review submissions in order to assess the appropriateness of artists for the program.

Artists will be selected on the basis of:

n artistic excellence as shown in the submitted artistic support material such as slides, video/DVD, CD/cassette tape, or writing samples;

n demonstrated ability to work with youths in both structured progression workshops and drop-in programs;

n experience and/or interest in development of life skills through training in the arts; and

n overall suitability as related to previous experience and interests.

All request for qualifications materials must be received by the Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division by 5 p.m. Monday, June 12th.

Materials can be dropped off at or mailed to:

Artist in Residence Program

City of Santa Monica

Cultural Affairs Division

1685 Main St., Room 106

Santa Monica 90401.

Information, Carla Fantozzi, Community Services Program Supervisor, (310) 458-8688 ext. 5333 or carla.fantozzi@