The Art Center

Summer Education Assistant Application

The Quincy Art Center is seeking high school students and 2023 graduates to apply for a paid summer Student Employee position through our Illinois Arts Council Summer Youth Employment in the Arts Project Grant.  Students currently enrolled in high school and 2023 graduates are eligible to apply.  Applicants should be interested in pursuing careers in the visual arts and able to commit to the entire nine weeks.  The Student Employee positions are scheduled for June 5 – August 4, 2023, at approximately 10 hours per week. Compensation is $13 per hour.  

The Student Employee’s specific responsibilities:

  1. Perform daily studio and classroom maintenance (administrative). 
  2. Assist art instructors and Director of Education with regular art education programming such as tours, and hands-on activity workshops (artistic and administrative). 
  3. Assist Exhibitions Preparator and Curator with gallery installation and preparation (artistic). 

The Student Employees will gain knowledge of art education teaching strategies, concepts, and implementation techniques. Other education skills attained will be classroom management, mentoring, and performing as a leader.  Education and studio job responsibilities will lead to expanded knowledge of art processes, care of art materials, and appropriate maintenance of studio equipment. The vast amount of experience gained will truly benefit a student employee that is pursuing a career in the visual arts and/or education. 

The primary supervisor of the Student Employees in all education tasks will be the Director of Education.  The Director of Education will train the Youth Employees daily during the first week followed by weekly training meetings for the following weeks.  Student Employees will assist Art Instructors during Art Camp class time. Near the conclusion of employment, a press release detailing the Student Employees’ experiences will be sent to the local newspaper and featured on the Quincy Art Center’s online platforms. An exit interview will also be conducted to help the Quincy Art Center further strengthen the program for future student employees.


Applications are due Thursday, May 18, 2023.  To apply, please complete the application form on the website and attach files of your cover letter, resume, and  This project is funded by the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

Summer Education Assistant Application

  • Emergency Contact (if under 18 years of age)

  • Required Attachments

    Please attach all of the materials below to this application form as PDFs, PNGs, or JPEGs.
  • On a separate page, describe why you would like to participate in this program. Please provide some background information, including extracurricular activities and community involvement. Describe your future career plan in the visual arts. PDFs only.
  • Include past/current jobs, volunteer positions, and relevant skill sets. PDFs only.
  • Drop files here or
    Send 5 examples of your artwork attached as PNGs, JPEGs, or PDFs.
  • Drop files here or
    Please provide two references from two non-family, non-friends. One reference must be a teacher (preferably an art teacher or instructor). PDFs only.