Call for Teaching Artists

artworxLA

Los Angeles

artworxLA is a non-profit organization dedicated to education through the arts. With a hands-on
approach, it seeks to end the high school dropout crisis in the United States by empowering
individuals to think creatively and become catalysts for social change. In Los Angeles County,
artworxLA brings arts education to more than 600 students annually at over 20 alternative high
schools. Teaching Artists facilitate 10-week workshop sessions addressing one of three themes
(see on following page) explored during the academic year. The workshops culminate at a
Public Presentation hosted by our cultural partners, where multiple schools come together and
share their work in visual, media, literary, and performing arts.

Teaching Artists inspire students’ curiosity and connect them to the theme, their environment
and community in new ways. Through art, they foster the development of 21st century skills in
communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity. They motivate students to
complete a project, emphasize problem solving in the creative process, and instill a reflective
practice that helps students become more self-aware of their contributions as active community
members. Teaching Artists work closely with a Workshop Coordinator, who co-facilitates
workshops and provides support in communicating with schools, building rapport with students,
organizing supplies, and other administrative tasks.

Key responsibilities of the Teaching Artist:

• Participate in training (mandatory summer orientation, plus in-service training each season)

• Develop, complete, and submit a syllabus and lesson plans for the 10-week workshop series

• Facilitate 10 total 2-hour classroom workshops, once a week

• Attend the final presentation, hosted by our cultural partners

 

THEME A

Civic Engagement: Democracy in Action (CENTRAL LIBRARY & TASKFORCE)

How does art empower people to share their voices and participate in democracy? How
artworxLA will partner with the Central Library of Los Angeles and TaskForce to explore the
democratic process and citizens’ responsibility to engage with matters of public concern,
whether at the city, county, or national level. In this historic election year, students will
consider their own actions in promoting and participating in democracy–identifying issues,
improving conditions, and shaping their own futures.

THEME B

Preserving Your LA: People and Places that Matter (LOS ANGELES CONSERVANCY)

What makes a place special and worth saving for future generations? In partnership with
the Los Angeles Conservancy, students will explore the architectural and cultural resources of
the city, including investigating the layered histories of their own neighborhoods. Through
architecture and community stories, students will consider how vibrant neighborhoods are
made, how places help mark history, and how they can contribute to historic preservation in
Los Angeles.

THEME C

Weathering the Storm: Building Resilient Communities (SKIRBALL CULTURAL CENTER)

How do communities come together when faced with a storm? Inspired by global folk stories
and Noah’s Ark at the Skirball Cultural Center, the flood and its aftermath will be used as a
metaphor to reflect on the challenges societies face. Students will consider how communities
work together to survive conflict, address differences, and create new opportunities during
times of change.

 QUALIFICATIONS

The qualified candidate will have professional experience in fine arts, literary or performing arts,
design, or related field; at least one year previous teaching experience (experience working with
teens preferred). A successful candidate will inspire excitement about learning; be organized
and a good communicator and collaborator; flexible and able to adapt lesson plans to effectively
engage student population; able to communicate clearly and passionately about their respective
art form.

Teaching Artists are hired as independent contractors on an 11-week session basis (10
workshops, plus Public Presentation). Fall 2016 begins mid-August; Winter 2016 begins mid-
November; Spring 2017 begins early March.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please submit:

1) Cover letter

2) Ranking of all three themes (A, B, C), in order of preference (1, 2, 3). Include a statement (150 words

maximum) about your top theme/cultural partner preference.

3) Curriculum vitae

4) Sample lesson from past teaching experience

5) 2 references (name and contact information) from colleagues familiar with your teaching experience

Within application materials, please include the following:

Medium or discipline of expertise
Connections of teaching to your own artistic practice
Statement about your interest in working with adolescent students at alternative high schools (continuation
high schools, smaller learning communities)

TIMELINE

Deadline for applications is FRIDAY, JULY 8, 2016
Interviews will begin immediately – early submissions encouraged
Mandatory summer orientation and cultural partner training starts the week of August 8
Fall season begins the week of August 29
Please email application to Denise A. Gray, School and Alumni Programs Manager at denise@artworxLA.org
by Friday, July 8, 2016. Questions: (323) 465-1404

 

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