Teaching Artist For Family and K-12 Programs

Hammer Museum

Los Angeles, CA

The Hammer Museum is seeking a teaching artist for the 2018-19 academic year. This is an independent contractor position.

About the Position

The teaching artist will develop and implement art lessons for 4th-9th grade students, taking into consideration Hammer artworks, English Language Arts standards, and programmatic themes. They will also develop and implement art-making activities for family workshops. The teaching artist will work closely with the Hammer’s Specialist for Family and K-12 Audiences in addition to Hammer staff and faculty and staff of the UCLA Visual and Performing Arts Education program (VAPAE), undergraduate students, and classroom teachers.

Key Responsibilities

The teaching artist will develop and implement age-appropriate art-making activities related to Hammer exhibitions for three programmatic areas:

Horace Mann UCLA Community School Partnership – A multi-visit program for ninth grade students that explores sociopolitical themes through art-making and inquiry-based discussions in the galleries.

Classroom-in-Residence @ the Hammer (CRH) – A program designed to strengthen student and teacher learning about art through a weeklong experience at the museum. A teacher professional development workshop precedes the residency in November 2018.

Art Without Walls – A program series for families that puts Hammer exhibitions in conversation with social justice issues. A partnership with the LA Public Library, the program takes place at the public library in MacArthur Park and at the Hammer Museum.

In addition, the teaching artist will serve as a mentor and lesson adviser for participating CRH teachers and for UCLA students participating in the VAPAE program who will develop lessons prior to and following the CRH residencies.


  • B.A., M.A. or M.F.A. in Arts, Arts Education, or a related field
  • Minimum three years experience teaching an art form in classrooms and/or workshop settings
  • Expertise in a specific arts discipline
  • Experience working successfully on collaborative projects with educators
  • Skilled at leading group discussions
  • Highly organized with excellent communication skills
  • Proficient at developing art lesson plans; a strong understanding of Visual and Performing Arts Content Standards and English
  • Language Arts Content Standards
  • Strong research skills
  • Capacity to meaningfully connect art-making activities with exhibitions on view
  • Fluency in English and Spanish
  • A strong artistic practice and knowledge of contemporary art and its capacity for social change are preferred.

TB test/fingerprinting required.


The teaching artist must be able to commit to teaching 1-6 sessions per month from October 2018-April 2019, plus 10 consecutive weekdays in March, including the following key programmatic dates: 10/23, 10/30, 11/3, and 12/1. Additional dates for sessions and planning meetings will be determined at a mutually agreed upon time.


The teaching artist is an independent contractor who will be paid a fee commensurate with experience.

To apply

Please submit your cover letter, resume, and documentation of your teaching (e.g., a sample lesson plan) to [email protected] by August 27, 2018Direct Application Link: hammer.ucla.edu/about-us/contractor-opportunities/

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