Call for Latino Outreach Coordinator
Side Street Studio Arts (SSSA) was founded by Elgin residents Tanner Melvin and Erin Rehberg in 2013 as an outlet for the Elgin arts scene. Through its gallery, theater, and lab spaces, Side Street provides educational and creative resources and an accessible space, run by artists. Side Street’s mission is to support the artist and the artistic journey through collaboration.
We are seeking a part-time Latino Outreach Coordinator to work closely with the SSSA Directors in the creation and oversight of our Latino Outreach Program, supported by the Reva & David Logan Foundation. The Latino Outreach Coordinator’s primary responsibilities will include structuring and implementation of our Latino Artist-in-Residence Program and the development of dual-language marketing and program development, implementation, and oversight.
SSSA is located in Elgin, IL. Elgin is a river town of over 108,000 people, located approximately 40 miles west of Chicago. In the 1980’s and 1990’s our historic downtown area went through a major drought – strip malls pulled away the small business economic drivers, gang-related crime and violence became prevelant, and with the exception of a few restaurants and businesses, there were few reasons to visit the area. In the last 10 years, the City of Elgin has worked to reverse these trends. Elgin has seen crime drop to an all-time low, and artists, cultural events, and those seeking an urban experience have headed back downtown to lead a creative renaissance. This means that our downtown and surrounding neighborhoods are an extremely diverse representation of the City of Elgin as a whole, of which 46% of the population are of Latino decent. While SSSA works currently to serve our immediate area in a variety of ways, including family-friendly programming, in-school arts education, a variety of artist development programs, and diverse exhibition and performance opportunities, we know there is more that can be done to ensure that our programming reaches and serves a stronger representation of our area. To that end, SSSA seeks administration support as we work to develop a fully integrated Latino Outreach Program, with a primary goal of SSSA reflecting the work, needs, and voices of those in our community. The Latino Outreach Program will have four main components: support of a yearlong Latino Artist-in-Residence (AIR) Program; development of an ongoing partnership with at least one of the multiple area organizations and/or businesses who support the Spanish-speaking population in Elgin in order to better reach these communities; financial support for some of our senior artist-educators and staff to grow our in-house ability to speak Spanish; and development of an independent contractor position within SSSA to work to create ongoing collaborations with our Spanish-speaking community.
$8,000-10,000 annual stipend, paid out in bi-monthly installments
Free admission and tuition to all SSSA classes and events
Free SSSA LAB Membership