Visual & Performing Arts Teaching Artist


Los Angeles County, CA

The LA’s BEST arts education department is looking to contract talented visual and performing art teaching artists with experience teaching sequential dance, music, drama or visual art workshops to children in grades K-6. Although choices of preferred geographic area assignments are available throughout Los Angeles County, we are focusing on contracting with teaching artists in specific regions to teach specific disciplines. (

Established in 1988, the mission of LA’s BEST (Better Educated Students for Tomorrow) is to provide a safe and supervised after school education, enrichment and recreation programs for elementary school children ages 5 to 12 in the City of Los Angeles. Today, LA’s BEST ( ) provides daily structured programming and meals to over 25,000 children at 194 LAUSD Title 1 elementary schools at no cost to families.

In 2003, the ASAP (After School Arts Program) department was created to ensure all LA’s BEST sites have access to quality art education programs. To date, over 80,000 children have participated in a 20-hour visual or performing arts residency. In addition to hands-on workshops led by talented teaching artists, LA’s BEST program activities include homework assistance, team sports, science, computer literacy, conflict resolution and nutrition. Current ASAP residencies being placed at LA’s BEST sites include; Traditional Dances of Mexico, Digital Photography, Chorus, Musical Theatre, Violin, Puppetry, Afro-Latin Percussion, Print-making and Drama.

Job Description

Teaching artists provide instruction in either the visual or performing arts for two groups of children, one hour per session, back to back, twice weekly for ten weeks. Residencies take place at LAUSD sites during the afterschool hours and fall within four cycles – winter, spring, summer, and fall. Independently contracted teaching artists, or teaching artists contracted through partnering arts organizations, implement approved unique residency curricula aligned to the Common Core and California Visual and Performing Arts Content Standards.

Qualifications include:

  • At least three years experience teaching students ages 5 to 12.
  • Experience developing and facilitating sequential workshops in dance, music, drama and/or visual art.
  • Experience connecting projects across disciplines.
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills.
  • Related references

For more information please contact Mario Davila at [email protected]

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