The Skirball Cultural Center’s teacher professional development program, Teaching Our World Through the Arts, is seeking proposals from Teaching Artists to facilitate arts-integration workshops for K-12 teachers.

ABOUT Teaching Our World Through the Arts

Teaching Our World Through the Arts is a professional development program that prepares K–Grade 12 teachers to integrate film, dance, visual art, theater, and music into core curriculum.

The course is divided into four strands, each strand connecting to different arts media and techniques. Strands consist of four full Saturdays of training with different teaching artists presenting each Saturday.


-      Work closely with the Associate Educator for Teacher Programs, who co-facilitates workshops and provides support in lesson plan development, instruction, and supplies.

-      Develop a syllabus and lesson plan for a single 2 to 4-hour workshop session.

-      Meet deadlines for submission of materials.

-      Attend one planning meeting at the Skirball prior to the workshop session date. 

-      Facilitate a single 2 to 4 hour workshop session on a designated date. 


-      Cover letter outlining the strand you are interesting in applying for, your teaching experience, personal art practice, and resonance with the goals of Teaching Our World Through The Arts.

-      Resume or curriculum vitae with relevant teaching / instructional experience.

-      Documentation of teaching (1 sample curriculum piece/lesson plan).

-      A 500 word max description of your workshop that outlines the sequence, objectives, activities, and possible K-12 content connections. 

-      List of dates(s) available to teach in that strand. (Please note the strand dates and deadlines below.)


The qualified candidate will have professional experience relevant to the art form for the selected strand, and at least two years previous teaching experience (experience working with classroom teachers preferred). A successful candidate will be organized and communicative; flexible and able to adapt lesson plans based on feedback; passionate and inspiring with respect to their chosen art form.

STRAND 1: VISUAL ART AND PHOTOGRAPHY, September 26, and October 3, 10, 17, 2015


By integrating visual art and photography into their teaching, educators have the power to strengthen students’ engagement with content while providing connections between the classroom and the outside world. The upcoming Skirball exhibition Manzanar: The Wartime Photographs of Ansel Adams should serve as sources of inspiration for photography and visual art techniques that can be applied to instruction, fostering collaboration and critical thinking among students.

STRAND 2: FILM AND MEDIA, January 23, 30 and February 6, 13, 2016


In conjunction with the exhibition Manzanar: The Wartime Photographs of Ansel Adams, this strand will explore film and media with a focus on documentaries and personal narrative. We are seeking Teaching Artists who work in various media platforms to share techniques aimed at deepening student learning through creative expression and engagement with contemporary issues.

STRAND 3: MOVEMENT AND THEATER, February 27 and March 5, 12, 19, 2016

We are seeking proposals that use movement and theater-based techniques to enhance student performance in core subjects—from language arts to social studies, math, and science—while also supporting student creativity, self-esteem, and collaboration.

STRAND 4: MUSIC AND SOUND, April 30 and May 7, 14, 21, 2016


Music and sound design are powerful tools for inquiry-driven teaching and learning. In conjunction with the exhibitions Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American and Ben Sakoguchi: The Unauthorized History of Baseball in 100-Odd Paintings, we are seeking musicians, sound engineers, and radio journalists to share valuable techniques for building sound-based and music-infused curricula for K-12 classrooms.

Please submit your proposal via e-mail to:

Rosalie Tucker

Associate Educator, Teacher Programs

Subject line - TOWTA PROPOSAL

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