Visual Arts Teaching Artist


Los Angeles, CA


Visual Arts Teaching Artist

Reports To: Wiseburn/SMMUSD Program Manager
Location: Hawthorne, CA 
Length of Residency: January - May 2018
Designation: Part-time, Non-exempt

Position Summary

P.S. ARTS is dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing arts education to underserved public schools and communities. P.S. ARTS is the only organization in Southern and Central California that provides yearlong arts education in dance, music, theater, and visual arts to every child in a school during the regular school day. Without our programs, children in these underfunded school districts would not have access to the arts.

P.S. ARTS Teaching Artists are equal parts professional artist and professional educator. As the P.S. ARTS employees "on the ground," Teaching Artists have the unique opportunity to have an impact on the entire school community, in and outside of the classroom. Teaching Artists create and deliver high-quality, authentic and engaging curriculum, become a trusted part of the school community, and contribute to a school climate and classroom environment that is inclusive, creative and aspirational. 


  • Develop a sequential, standards-based curriculum in the arts
  • Submit documentation of teaching practice, including curriculum and lesson plans using P.S. ARTS’ online mapping program
  • Teach an arts discipline across multiple grade levels
  • Address the learning needs of diverse student populations
  • Identify and plan cross curriculum connections in and across multiple subject areas
  • Represent P.S. ARTS amongst multiple school community stakeholders, including classroom teachers, parents, administration, and donors
  • Apply knowledge and skills through ongoing professional development into teaching practice
  • Teaching Artists routinely lift, push, pull, or carry art supplies, equipment, instruments, and classroom furniture weighing up to 40 lbs. Bend, twist, reach, stand, and/or sit for long periods of time.


  • Minimum one to two years teaching experience. Experience teaching an art form, during the school day, within in a public school setting is preferred. Work with low-income communities is also preferred
  • B.A. desired
  • Bilingual in Spanish/English desired
  • Demonstrate in-depth knowledge and expertise in a specific arts discipline
  • Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of or a familiarity with the California Framework for the Visual and Performing Arts
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a school environment and with various school community members

Working Conditions:
Teaching Artists will routinely:

  • Lift, push, pull or carry art supplies, equipment, instruments and classroom furniture weighing up to 40 lbs.
  • Bend, twist, reach, stand and/or sit for long periods of time.

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected] with the subject line “VISUAL ARTS TEACHING ARTIST.”

P.S. ARTS is an equal opportunity employer (EOE)

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