Seeking applicants for short-term job in the arts!


Job and Training Opportunity  Application Due Date December 1

Milk Not Jails and Shadow Box Theatre seek formerly incarcerated individuals and culture workers whose lives have been directly impacted by incarceration for a training program / part time job teaching puppetry and storytelling to youth in New York City Detention Centers. Spanish language skills a plus.

The framework for the art making and classroom teaching is Identity, Purpose, Direction a problem-solving method designed b­­y Tychist Baker, one of our teaching artists and co-founder of Milk Not Jails, while he was incarcerated. Baker used this method to turn his life (and the lives of others) around, and to overcome challenges. Our workshops utilize this model to train students to be able to use it on their own. In the words of Baker, “Some people do not even identify that they have one foot in jail, and one foot out. Identity is about knowing first about oneself and what is around you. Purpose is knowing that your life has meaning, that you can do better. Direction is how you get over the obstacles you face.”

We also teach the art of puppetry. In our program puppetry is the form through which students catalyze their imaginations and tell new stories. Students physically build puppets, costumes, backdrops, scenery and stages. They rehearse and write scripts. As part of the program detained students are able to share these skills with siblings and loved ones on family days. Working with cloth, wood, paint, cardboard, music, poetic words, jokes and movement students consciously re-imagine, and re-build their identities.
This Winter MNJ/ Shadow box will train applicants in Identity, Purpose and Direction and puppetry techniques. Their goal is to cultivate a multi-lingual, cross class-race-ability-gender team of teachers who can share and expand the curriculum. The new cohort of facilitators will use their lived experience and art to empower students and their communities.

Timeline and Commitment:

  • Teacher Training: February 17 and 18 2017
  • Horizons teaching Residency: February 23 and 24 2017
  • Full team Planning Retreat: April 14, 2017
  • Horizons Residency: April 17 and 18 2017


  • 2 residencies ; 16 hours ; $50 per hr.
  • 2 training days , 8 hours : $30 per hr,
  • 1 planning retreat; 8 hours ; $30 per hr

APPLICATION FORM Please cut and paste this form into a Word Document or email.
Due Date for Application December 1 2016 5PM
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What is your experience with team work?

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What is your experience working with youth?

What kind of art work are you doing now?

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