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Mariposa Arts Volunteer (Arts Education)

Our Mission: We nurture and invest in artists, culture, and the arts throughout Santa Cruz County.

Position: Volunteer/Internship for Arts Education Programming

Arts Council Santa Cruz County provides Arts Education opportunities to over 18,000 students across the county each year, through our SPECTRA, Artist Teachers Partnership, and Mariposa Arts programs. We provide these students with opportunities to engage in learning in a fun and holistic way, in and through the arts, where they are able to learn through seeing, doing, and being –making an enormous impact on the way they view themselves, their schools, and their communities.

Through our Mariposa Arts after-school programs, we serve approximately 4,000 Latinx students, annually, in Watsonville. That means we have a LOT of art supplies and materials to prepare each week, that we could use your help with! Additionally, we are involved in many community-based events (like First Fridays at the Farmers Market in the Watsonville Plaza) as well as other events and workshops, and would love to have volunteer interns get involved in the planning, preparing, and facilitation of fun and engaging art activities with youth in the community.

Programs take place county-wide, so a car or other reliable transportation will be necessary.

Schedule: 10 hours/week - May-August 2023

Location: 375 Main Street, Watsonville, CA 95076

Reports to: Emily Estanquero, Arts Education Associate

Roles and Responsibilities: Supply Volunteer: Help with inventory for all art supplies, prep material, and put away supplies.

  • Inventory - count all art supplies in our supply room.

  • Prep material - cut paper, cardboard, etc. into specific sizes as needed. Refill paint bottles, liquid glue bottles, etc.

  • Organizer - help organize and put away art supplies, and set up and break down for student teaching training.


  • Understanding of basic art education and youth development, and how they intersect to promote social transformation in the community

  • A sincere desire to engage with the youth of Santa Cruz County

  • Excellent interpersonal skills with high professionalism, and the ability to establish relationships based on mutual respect

  • Practical problem-solving skills and ability to suggest options and alternatives

  • Ability to accomplish projects with little supervision, and meet deadlines

  • Strong verbal communication skills

  • Experience in the visual and/or performing arts

  • Strong digital organization skills

  • High expectations for quality

To Apply: Email: | Cell phone: 831-319-8840