Eight Oro Valley young artists ages 16 to 18 are being hired to assist and learn from a professional artist in the design and production of public art this summer.

They'll be paid approximately $7.50 per hour for up to eight hours a day. They must provide transportation to and from a work site yet to be determined.

An artist is being chosen to design and produce artwork for a "bike pedestrian oasis" on First Avenue, a release said. It'll be "highly visible to bicycle and vehicle traffic" along that roadway.

A goal is to "produce public art of a quality comparable to current public art standards, with the artist serving as a mentor to youth artists," the release continued. The artist "could choose to work with various media derived from a combination of techniques and materials," it said.

Applicants need samples of their art, a 150-word statement about why they should be selected and what they can contribute, and a letter of recommendation. Materials must be submitted by Tuesday, May 19. Application materials are being reviewed by the artist, representative of the Town of Oro Valley and the Greater Oro Valley Arts Council. Interviews follow review of materials.

For more information, contact GOVAC's Kate Marquez, Liz Bowers or Jonas Hunter at kate@govac.org, jonas@govac.org, or liz@govac.org. Individuals may call 520-797-3959, or go to www.GOVAC.org.

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