CLUES is accepting applications to our new Latino Muralism Apprenticeship program, an intensive and immersive program that will cover all aspects of muralism, from its history and sociopolitical context to indoor and outdoor best practices to logistical skills like project management and fundraising.
We welcome applications for aspiring or inspired artists. No prior muralism experience is required, but a history of visual art-making is preferred (drawing, painting, graffiti, etc). The program is intended for adult learners of any age.
The program will be led by five Minnesota-based Latino muralists – Gustavo Lira, Olivia Levins Holden, Aaron Johnson-Ortiz, Camila Leiva and Claudia Valentino. Additionally, Daniela Bianchini will be leading a mosaic mural project, and we will also host guest artists, scholars and community leaders.
The program will run September 2019 through May 2020, and will be taught in three parts:
Apprentices will participate in weekly workshops on a variety of techniques and topics. Additionally, apprentices will work one-on-one with mentors on ongoing mural projects. The project's educational goals are to teach contemporary techniques in mural-creation and also to situate today’s muralism within a broader tradition – in particular, to look at early 20th-century Mexican muralism, Chicano muralism of the 1960s and 70s, and other related art movements. The apprenticeship program will be offered as a bilingual Spanish-English class, and we will focus on the tradition of Latino/a/x muralism across the Americas.
Workshops will be held at CLUES Saint Paul (797 7th St E, St Paul, MN 55106), and will include field trips to various mural sites throughout the Twin Cities.
See our support page to find more information. Applications will be accepted through August 30.