Seeks Teaching Artist / Employment
August 23, 2019
Organization Name: Arts Corps
Organization Location: Seattle, WA
Arts Corps teaching artists are professional, practicing artists for whom teaching is a part of their creative practice. They are dedicated to helping young people connect, expand their creative capacities, and express their vision through deep engagement in art making. Arts Corps is looking for dedicated, reliable, and flexible artist-educators who are intentional communicators and committed to teaching through a social justice lens and building their social justice analysis.
Arts Corps’ teaching approach is based on the model of culturally responsive pedagogy. Building from the students’ natural curiosity, inquiry and exploration, this method provides a meaningful, relevant and engaging learning environment. Teaching artists create lesson plans that allow room for flexibility based on class dynamics while fostering the practice of artistry, imagination, critical thinking, persistence, risk-taking and reflection.
Arts Corps classes typically meet on a quarterly basis, Fall, Winter, and Spring after school once or twice weekly for between 8-12 weeks. We also host both after-school arts classes and in-school arts-integration residencies and workshops. Occasionally we hold special projects during the summer.
Ideal Team Members:
-are skilled artists in one or more disciplines
-have a love of working with youth of all backgrounds and abilities
-experience working with youth and/or teaching arts in after-school, mentorship, and/or arts-integrated school-day workshops
-draw upon a range of teaching and engagement strategies in response to student needs
-have knowledge of Seattle area districts especially Seattle Public and Highline School Districts
-willing to join a cadre of peers and learn and grow together
-willing to participate in self and peer evaluation
-have a commitment to social justice, and willingness to engage in personal and organizational reflection, critical dialogue and growth around —-issues of race and other oppressions
-a genuine interest and passion for the mission of Arts Corps and a working knowledge/background in arts education, youth development and social justice work
-excellent communication skills with Arts Corps office staff members and community partners
-can partner effectively and meaningfully with classroom assistants and classroom teachers
Compensation: Arts Corps teaching artists are paid on a 3-tier system depending on experience and longevity with the organization between $28-$39 per hour, plus .5 hours prep time for each hour they teach. Typically new teaching artists start at the Level I or Level II rate with the opportunity to be promoted. Teaching artist rates are raised by a cost of living adjustment (COLA) each year. Additionally, teaching artists are paid for enrichment time for meetings, mileage, and offered monthly paid professional development opportunities ranging in topics from classroom management strategies, pedagogy, curriculum planning, race and social justice training, and more.
To apply please send teaching and artistic resumes along with a cover letter outlining how your skills and talent would best benefit the Arts Corps family to Heleya de Barros, email@example.com, subject line: Teaching Artist Application. Arts Corps is especially seeking applicants who have experience in and a passion for working for racial and social justice. People of color, LGBTQIA are strongly encouraged to apply.