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AmeriCorps VISTA Member Blackbird Arts 
United Way of Northwest Michigan VISTA Project - Traverse City, MI

We have a new VISTA position available starting May 29th that will work directly with Blackbird Arts in Traverse City.

Blackbird Arts is a nonprofit 501c3 educational arts organization offering year-round creative programs for children, families, and adults. They are an inclusive studio and cater to all ages and ability levels in a supportive, relaxed environment that is focused on individual learning and success. They create classes that encourage creative exploration through meaningful connections and discoveries. One of the primary objectives of Blackbird Arts is to connect under-served and emerging artists with the equipment and skills necessary to create and sell their work. As a VISTA you will be helping to develop, support and create opportunities for expansion within the studio and community programs. In addition to program development, you will be assisting staff with recruiting volunteers for special events, and assisting with building capacity within those events. There are also opportunities to write grant proposals, and secure sustainable fund development opportunities throughout your term. Blackbird Arts provides an excellent opportunity for a VISTA to develop their professional skills within a creative environment.

All VISTAs will attend a pre-service orientation in Orlando, FL (all expenses paid) on May 22-25, and will start their term of service the following week at their host site. If you will be relocating from outside the Grand Traverse area, there is a relocation assistance benefit to help you get settled in, and potential housing resources available. For more information about the AmeriCorps VISTA program, or to apply for this position, please go to:

Or call us at: (231)947-3200 Extension 209


About AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America):

VISTAs Build Capacity of Local Organizations to Eliminate Poverty by:

* Building sustainable programs

* Expanding community partnerships

* Creating & maintaining infrastructure

* Securing resources

* Serving as a community liaison

* Developing resources and programs

* Recruiting, training & managing volunteers

* And much more!


Benefits of VISTA service:

* Approximately $12,000 living stipend

* $5600 Education Award or $1500 stipend

* Relocation Allowance if eligible

* Professional Development

* Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector

* Community Engagement

* Loan Forbearance or Deferment if eligible

* 1 year Federal Non-Competitive Eligibility

* Healthcare Coverage

* Outside employment is now permitted!


About the Northwest Lower Michigan Regional AmeriCorps VISTA Project:

The Northwest Lower Michigan Regional AmeriCorps VISTA Project, housed at the United Way of Northwest Michigan, supports and coordinates the terms of service for up to twenty AmeriCorps VISTA’s at a time. Our team connects VISTA’s with local non-profit host sites and ensures a successful year for both parties. We have sponsored nearly 40 VISTA terms of service and have worked with more than ten local non-profits over the past six years.



Blackbird Arts   |   1485 Barlow Street Traverse City, MI   |   (231)421-8085    |    Drop us a note at