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Katie Flowers

Freelance Mural Painter & Digital Artist

Location:Chicago, Illinois, United States
Phone: 708-300-2421
2 Skills
Katie V. Flowers, BFA
Freelance/Teaching-Artist & Visual Arts Manager

Community outreach with emphasis on art curriculum and professional development

Career Summary:
“Programming creator and support for exhibitions, internal program and events, and general aiding in the creation, implementation, and management of new programs Chair-person and Co-chaired for Arts Exhibits & Arts Festivals Locate, hire recruit, and refer individuals for various artistic backgrounds for employment Coordinate, management and execution of gallery installation, including personal Administrative support to the Visual Arts Director Create, develop and instruct workshops and seminars for youth, adults, seniors, Teaching Artists & Educators Research, develop and create fundraiser programs.”

• Proficient in research, outreach programming, business communication, grants writing and review. Experience working in low-economic settings
• Capable of leading projects. Supportive team worker
• Enthusiastic, personable and dedicated
• Over ten years as a successful self-starter, Arts educator, Visual Arts Instructor, and Independent Contractor. Computer and office literate with professional standards

Qualifications & Relevant Accomplishment
• Function effectively in multi-task environment good writing and communications skills
• Work with architects and community builders in the community beautification process
• Develop, create, implement, expedite and instruct outreach curriculum and lesson plans for during school academia and after school leisure
• Locate, hire, recruit, and refer individuals of various artistic employable backgrounds
SAI Inc. Artist for Hire arts out reach services. Funky S.a.K Jewelry Designs, founder.
• Provide guidance, policy information and answer questions about the business
• Counsel and mentor students on applications and the financial aide process
• Create, develop and instruct workshops and seminars for Teaching Artist & Educators

02/2011 - present -Funky, Park Forest, IL 60466
Founder, Co-founder & Freelance Visual Artist
- Create traditional and digital artworks
- Creator of Website and developer of Website pages
- Creator and promoter of Barter Artists & Barter Arts Advocate
- Writer and Creator of Website Blogs & Arts Business Resources & Information webpage
- Research, Create and Implement arts out-reach programs for workshops, seminars, classes and special events for community, academic institutions and leisurely organizations for groups of ages 6+ and their families
- Create, negotiate, and initiate a variety of Artist Contracts

06/2012 to 2/2014 -The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, Chicago Illinois 60628
Arts Instructor & Visual Arts Manager ( Promoted -first hired to head department)
- Develop and Instruct classes, workshops and seminars for the population of 5 years +
-Create Visual arts curriculum
-Hire Visual arts department staff
-Create job description for potential Visual arts candidates
-Develop budget & order material and supplies for (set programs)
-Create and develop rubrics and evaluation forms for students, participants, and hired Instructors
10/2009 to 5/2012 The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center Chicago, Illinois
Artist/Visual Arts Instructor/Corps Counsel Member
-facilitate and Instruct mural making classes
-create and instruct Visual art classes for after school program & Summer Day Camp
 06/2008-08/2008 Archi-treasure Chicago, Illinois
Legend South Project (contractual)
Artist/Instructor/Independent Contractor
-Supervised (apprentices 16-18 years of age/ community builders) with hands-on training
- educated apprentices on how to create a resume and portfolio
- worked closely with the Bronzeville community residents, architects, project manager and executive director to successfully achieve the artistic beautification plan for Legend South park
- assisted in creating and handling the overall budget for the project
06/2007-09/2007 Chicago Freedom School (CFS) Chicago, Illinois
Visual Arts Department ( the first VA Lead-Instructor for department )
Independent Contractor and Lead Art Instructor
- developed, promoted and supported new generations of critical and independent thinkers
- developed the personal and social capabilities of participants
- assisted to create, facilitate and maintain a safe space where participants explored,  examined and reflected on social problems and individual concerns
- developed programs using the Visual arts as the tool to explore the sociology and ideology of art in politics
 3/2005-3/2007 After School Matters (ASM) Chicago, Illinois
Art Instructor/Artist (contractual)
- developed recruitment strategies and cultivated relationships with high schools and community liaisons identified and recruited students for ASM programs
- Instructed and mentor(ed) apprentices for Mural Making and on Career Arts. Ages 14 to 18 years old (please see attached lesson plan)
- created lesson plan and curriculum; focused on development of hard and soft skills

2003/2006 The Chicago Public Art Group (GPAG)
Teaching-Artist/Independent Contractor
- Supervised, managed, assisted, mentor(ed), and instructed apprentices and adult artist co-lead
- developed and created lesson plan and curriculum that enhanced participants artistic knowledge and broaden social awareness with emphasis in promoting the arts as an employable tool
- conducted skill, knowledge, and influence as an arts educator
Promotions/Awards and Recognitions
DIY Fashion (2012)
University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
The Visiting Artists Series. African-American Cultural Center. Solo Art Exhibit/Lecture honorarium (1-31 August 2011). Exhibit titled: EMASCULATE. Educational tape can be obtained at UIC African-American Cultural Library.
- After School Matters (ASM) $35,000.00 dollars grant awarded by (Connection Program for Independent Instructors (fall 2006). Proposal awarded to create, develop and instruct a two part mentor program. (Please see attached lesson plan)
- After School Matters (ASM) Grant awarded to create lesson plan for summer (2006) Mural Making program for Henry Horner Center

-University of Illinois at Chicago The Visiting Artist Series. African-American Cultural Center. Solo Art Exhibit & Lecture honorarium (1 -28 Feb. 2005).
Exhibition titled, “I Seek to Find Serendipity.” Educational tape can be obtained at UIC African-American Cultural Library. Sponsored by Dr. Philip M. Royster
-The Chicago Police Department, Special Services 1996
-The National Library of Poetry. Library of Congress, Best poems of 1996
-The National Library of Poetry. Library of Congress, Editor’s Choice 1995
-The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, Art scholarship 1994


DIY Fashion (2012)
Handmade Feather Earrings
- University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
The Visiting Artists Series. African-American Cultural Center. Solo Art Exhibit/Lecture honorarium (2011). Exhibit titled: EMASCULATE
- Pullman State Historic Site PSHS Chicago, IL. Pullman Visual Arts
Exhibition December 11th to 18th (2009).
Visual Artist and Arts Exhibition Coordinator. (Founder & Co-chair)
- Simply Arty Ink, Inc. SAI Inc. Teaching Artists Professional Development Seminars (2009) (Creator & Developer)
- Palmer Park. Chicago Park District Annual Auction and Fund-raiser Event (2009)
- Anthology of Friends. An Original Collection. Volume #2, 4 &5 (2009)
By: A Circle of Artists Ovation TV.
- Collins High School. Co-Lead Artist. Lead Artist: Carolyn Ellen, Mosaic Artist. Large wall mosaic mural titled, “The future. The people. Our Community,” for Lawn-dale Community Development Christian center. West side, Chicago (2006)
- Collins High School. Artist. 24x16ft mural titled “Urban Ambiguities (2006)
- The Chicago Defender. Front page. 95th in the Dan Ryan mural CTA unveiling titled, Past, Present and Future. 6x12ft. (Aug. 1, 2002. Permanent installation.)
- Citizens News. CTA/95th in the Dan Ryan mural unveiling ceremony (Aug. 2, 2002)
- The Chicago Tribune. CTA/95th in the Dan Ryan mural unveiling ceremony (Aug. 8, 2002)
- The 2nd Annual -Celebrate the Spirit of South Shore. South Shore Cultural Center. Juried Art Exhibit. Exhibition & Auction Artists (Aug. 26, 2002)
- The National Library of Poetry of Poetry. Poem titled, “Someone Once Told Me. Library of Congress. ISBN 1-56167-28-4 (Feb. 1996)

- Xpression Journal The Official Literary Publication of The Individual Voice. Poem titled, “Trust” Vol. 3, Issue 32 (1995)
- Who’s Who of American Women. 19th Edition 1995-1996
- Literatura magazine. Poem titled, “Time is of the Essence.” ISBN 1-56167-266-1
(12/1994 - 1/1995)
- Literatura magazine. Poem titled, “The Disenchanted Romantic.” Issue 2. Page 40 (Oct-Nov/1995) 
04/2007-present Simply Arty Ink, Artist for Hire On-line Services
Founder. Visual Artist and Independent Contractor
promote the arts with free arts programs
04/2010-present The Salvation Army. Ray and Joan Kroc Corp Community Center. Chicago, IL. 60628
-Corps Member
04/2009-present PSHS The Pullman State Historical Society. Chicago, Illinois-Creator &
-Co-chair South of the Loop Pullman Artists and Friends Art Exhibition
-Create application information package and templates for arts exhibition-Greeter.
04/2007 - 2009 Changing Worlds (CW) Chicago, Illinois
Independent Contractor & Visual Artist
- create and develop curriculum and lesson plan for youth and
- conduct workshops and seminars for teachers, parents and
-locate and connect potential clientele for business
-perform as Instructor and Program Developer

Bachelor of Fine Art (B.F.A) degree “03 emphasis in Art Ed & Art Therapy
1997-2003 The School of The Art Institute of Chicago
1990-1992 Harold Washington College. Business communication
1987-1989 Professional Training Center (PTC). Computer Office Specialist

Social Services Certifications 2010-2011
Salvation Army:
-Safety Training working with youth
-Grief Following Trauma
-Pastoral Crisis Intervention
Certificates 2009
-Adobe 9
-Adobe image Ready 7
-Photo 7
Skills (2) Rating
Mural Painting
Digital Art