Arts Instructor - Inner-City Arts

Inner-City Arts

Los Angeles, CA

Inner-City Arts is a multi-disciplinary arts campus located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, serving over 8,000 children, youth, teachers and families during the school day, after school and on weekends. We believe that arts programs are the cornerstone of a high-quality education that levels the learning field across socioeconomic boundaries. The arts play a uniquely transformative role for youth having trouble achieving academically through more conventional means. Inner-City Arts is dedicated to bringing the best of creative experiences to the thousands of children who live in the downtown area, and attend public schools in Los Angeles Unified School District. Working with LAUSD and community partners, we offer comprehensive arts and language programs during the instructional school day and after school, with classes in visual art, ceramics, media arts, dance, music, drama, to over 8,000 children from 60 area elementary, middle and high schools.

Inner-City Arts is seeking experienced, energetic, and talented artists to teach in our Summer Institute Programs from June 20th to July 21st.    We are looking for artist/instructors who work from the special resources of their own art form in unique and positive ways.  Those with experience in multi-week residencies in urban environments with inner-city middle and high school youth are encouraged to apply.  Specifically looking instructors in the following art forms:

  • Musicians who can teach beginning guitar, keyboard or vocal in group settings

  • Visual artists who can teach foundational courses in drawing, painting and sculpture.

  • Other project based creative classes that give our youth hands-on experiences resonate with their sensibilities and provide potential workplace skills.  Examples include: fashion, culinary arts, video game design, etc.

  • Must be able to appeal to a diverse urban population.  Those artists who are committed to drawing out youth identity and self-expression through the creative arts and those with a commitment to social justice through creative youth development are especially encouraged to apply, no matter the specialization.    

Our summer offerings are held for 1.5 or 2 hour classes twice a week for five weeks between the hours of 2:00pm and 6:00pm.  Applicants must be available for culminations held on the evenings of July 20th and 21st.  


The Arts Instructor at Inner-City Arts has overall responsibility for teaching of one specific art form and its curriculum.

Specific job responsibilities include:

  • Design and implement a hands-on, project based curriculum program that provides exposure of one art form to middle or high school students of a variety of backgrounds

  • Develop, write and update lesson plans and series outlines for that art form

  • Collaborate with teaching staff in all artistic disciplines during staff development and training, to achieve Inner-City Arts curricular goals


  • College degree in specific art form, or related field (education)

  • Prior teaching experience with ages 12-18  years

  • Must be a team player, exhibit patience, sensitivity and enjoy working with youth

  • Must have the ability to design age appropriate curriculums

  • Must be a self-starter and be able to work efficiently and independently

  • Bilingual in English/Spanish a plus


The Mark Taper Center/Inner-City Arts is located in downtown Los Angeles adjacent to the Produce Mart and Skid Row.


Contract/part time (4-18 hours per week), determined by availability and schedule of teaching terms.

Opportunities in special projects and weekend programs also available.


Commensurate with education and experience.


Fax/send/e-mail resume with cover letter to:

Jennifer Carroll, Associate Director of Education

Inner-City Arts

720 Kohler St.

Los Angeles, CA 90021

FAX: 213-627-6469, or email:


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