Teaching Artist



Reports to Education Program Manager

Celebrating our 30th anniversary as a high-impact arts education organization, artworxLA re-engages students through the arts and provides a creative pathway to a future beyond high school graduation. We combat the high school dropout rate in LA County by providing long-term sequential arts programming across 26 alternative high schools. We cultivate effective partnerships between artists, educators, cultural centers, and community organizations to amplify our collective impact and the voices of over 750 students we serve each year.

Teaching Artist

The Teaching Artist inspires students’ curiosity and connects them to the theme, their environment, and community; motivates students to complete a project; emphasizes problem solving in the creative process; and instills a reflective practice that helps students become more self-aware. The Teaching Artist works closely with a Workshop Coordinator, who co-facilitates workshops; ensures that artworxLA‘s program goals are met; and provides support in the ordering of supplies and other administrative tasks.

Key responsibilities of the Teaching Artist include:

  • Participate in online and in-person professional development training in preparation for the school year (three weeks in August 2021 with additional dates throughout the semester).
  • Attend bi-weekly Programming meetings and weekly check-ins with a Workshop Coordinator (and Education Program Manager, as needed) to develop lesson plans and communicate workshop needs.
  • Assist Workshop Coordinator in preparing art supplies and in creating art kits
  • Conduct research into thematic content from cultural partners for entry points and in-depth explorations.
  • Participate in training in healing-centered, trauma-sensitive, and strengths-based strategies for working with youth.
  • Develop a ten-week curriculum that includes a written syllabus, weekly lesson plans, and supply lists for the project-based portion of a workshop series.
  • Facilitate up to five classroom workshops sessions per week (online or in-person, up to two hours per session).
  • Set up and debrief with Workshop Coordinator 30 minutes before and after workshops.
  • Cull images, video, sound files, and other appropriate content to share in the workshop experience.
  • Create samples and demonstrate use of materials/methods to ensure student safety and understanding.
  • As needed, produce short demo videos to share in live experiences and on the [email protected] website.
  • Participate in the fall and spring Public Presentations of student work.
  • Assist Workshop Coordinator with the installation of artworks for in-person student presentation events.
  • Provide documentation of the workshop, including workshop summaries/wall text for student art exhibitions, an evaluation of your experience, and additionally requested materials.
  • Assist students with the writing of their artist statements.
  • Prepare students to communicate about their workshop experiences for Public Presentation.
  • Model mutual respect, adhere to school rules/culture, and model creative thinking skills for students.
  • Welcome students, communicate expectations, encourage participation, and monitor student pacing/progress throughout the workshop series.
  • Take ownership of students’ artistic progress and show an active interest in students’ achievement.

Terms of Employment
Temporary part-time staff position for one academic year, August 15, 2021–June 10, 2022.

Position is non-exempt, $30 hourly with a maximum of 20 hours per week, with health and retirement benefits. Weekly schedule is determined by school sites.

Must have a car with insurance, proof of COVID-19 vaccination, and the ability to travel to school sites throughout LA County. Teaching Artist must be flexible and prepared to teach in virtual, in-person, or hybrid settings according to COVID-19 safety protocols set by each school site.

How to Apply
To apply, please submit a cover letter and résumé to [email protected] with “Teaching Artist” in the subject line by August 9th.

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