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Creative Arts Activities Facilitator

The Opportunity Tree

Mission

To provide quality individualized supports to people with intellectual or developmental disabilities in dynamic and innovative environments.

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About the Internship

Duties:

The Creative Arts Activites Facilitator at AFH will have the opportunity to teach art classes to our members at our site based in Phoenix, Casa Grande or Maricopa.  The Creative Arts Program strives to offer innovative, creative and fulfilling arts experiences to the members served.  The intern will be able to choose which site is most convenient for them.

The interests and talents of the intern will be taken in to account when creating the internship opportunity; allowing the intern to bring their passion to work with AFH.  Several options include:

Utilize the Creative Arts Program's Visual Arts Curriculum to lead members in painting, photography and ceramics classes.  Through working with the Creative Arts Program Manager, the intern will have the opportunity to lead classes in a structured format, while still allowing for the creativity of the intern and member to show through.  The curriculum has an assessment component, allowing the Creative Arts Manager and intern to track the benefits the program has for the members served.

Utilize the Creative Arts Program's Music Curriculum to lead members in music classes.  Through working with the Creative Arts Program Manager, the intern will have the opportunity to lead classes in a structured format, while still allowing for the creativity of the intern and member to show through.  The curriculum has an assessment component, allowing the Creative Arts Manager and intern to track the benefits the program has for the members served.

Create a Performing Arts Curriculum that can be used with our community partner, Playback Theatre of Arizona to enhance the programming that is currently offered.  While we are told by our members that they enjoy the theater and music classes hosted by Playback Theatre, we hope to be able to track the benefits through a comprehensive assessment tool that would accompany a formal curriculum.

Reach out to local arts organizations to assist in creating partnerships with the arts community.  As AFH is not reimbursed by the state for our Creative Arts Program, we are always looking for community partners to allow us to expand the program in ways that aren't possible given our current level of funding.  The intern would work closely with members to gauge interest in the various arts organizations that exist in the Phoenix Metro Area, Casa Grande and Maricopa.

Expand the program to include arts opportunities for our members that live in our group homes.  AFH currently operates several group homes throughout Metro Phoenix, as well is in Casa Grande.  The Creative Arts Program is looking to expand to afford these members an opportunity to engage with the arts as well.  This opportunity would allow for weekend hours instead of, or in addition to, weekday hours earned.

 

Population Served:

Adults with developmental and cognitive disablities, aged 18+.

 

Community Need:

The Creative Arts Program is fully funded by AFH, which limits the staff that is available to work with our members during their arts programming time.  Each intern will expand the opportunities afforded to our members tremendously by offering their time and talents.  The Creative Arts Program is currently working towards tracking the benefits that the arts have on the members served; the interns will afford the Creative Arts Program Manager the opportunity to track the benefits on the members while the interns lead the classes.

Community Impact:

Special needs adults are a hugely underserved population in our community. By participating in an internship at AFH our members will experience new opportunities for social growth as well as exploring hidden talents in themselves. An intern at AFH will get the chance to personally make the difference in the lives of 40 or more members at AFH.