Seeking Expressive Arts Group Facilitators and Assistants

Do you live in the Los Angeles Area? Interested in working with veterans in transitional housing and/or with transitional-aged youth experiencing homelessness?

We are currently recruiting Open Studio Project facilitators, creative arts therapy trainees, Certificate Program in Social Emotional Arts alums, and UCLA students to deliver in-person expressive arts groups to these populations in West Los Angeles.

The minimum time commitment is once a week for 8-10 weeks for a minimum of one group. Scheduling is in part dependent on the overlapping availability of CMP team members co-facilitating/assisting groups. Supplies, curriculum materials, and training in trauma-informed care will be provided for all facilitators. Facilitators may also be provided additional training in facilitating open art studio groups.

additional details:

The groups for transitional aged youth experiencing homelessness last 1 to 2 hours in Venice, CA, and are volunteer only. These groups may take place within the following time periods: 10 am – 4:30 pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays; 9:30 am – 1 pm on Wednesdays. There may also be an opportunity for a group on Saturday mornings or afternoons. Individuals with experience in visual arts, movement, drama/theater, or writing/poetry are especially encouraged to apply. The start date is negotiable.

The groups for veterans living in transitional housing last 1.5 hours in Westwood, CA, and additionally include a modest stipend for facilitators. These groups may take place within the following time periods: 10 am – 1 pm on Mondays or Tuesdays; however, there may be more flexibility with scheduling on other weekdays with advanced notice. Individuals with experience in visual arts are especially encouraged to apply. Individuals may start in December or January.

These programs will be delivered with assistance from the Creative Minds Project (CMP) in partnership the Whole Health at VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, the UCLA/VA Veteran Family Wellbeing Center, and Safe Place for Youth.

about cmp:

The Creative Minds Project (CMP) is a program of Arts & Healing Initiative. We integrate the innate social-emotional benefits of the arts with mental health practices at local community agencies in West Los Angeles that serve transitional-aged youth, adults and veterans living homeless.

This sustainable program is typically served by volunteers who are creative arts therapists or mental health professionals with experience integrating the arts, graduate students in the creative arts therapies, expressive artists with social emotional arts training from Arts & Healing Initiative, and UCLA students.

Click here to view a UCLA Daily Bruin article that offers details on the experience of participants at Step Up on Second. From May 2012 – August 2014, the CMP served Step Up on Second and its sister program for Daniel’s Place (DP) mental health agencies.

The CMP has partnered Step Up on Second, Daniel’s Place, People Assisting the Homeless West LA (PATH WLA), Safe Place for Youth, and The People Concern’s Access Center.

how to apply:

Please let us know of your interest by emailing, and a link to an application form will be sent to you. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. To be considered in the next phase of recruitment, please apply by 11:59PM on November 2, 2022.

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