The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum : Teaching Artist
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum hires Teaching Artists to plan and implement hands-on workshops for families, school programs, after-school programs, summer camp sessions, and other programs for all ages that feature or include art making. Teaching artists are integral to the Museum’s core mission of bringing artists and audiences together in creative and stimulating ways.
Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:
• Developing age- and contextually-appropriate lesson plans, directed by and/or in coordination with Museum Education staff.
• Providing arts instruction to participants of varying ages, backgrounds, and art-making experience
• Preparing, coordinating, and obtaining equipment, materials, and supplies for classes
• Participating in training, program development, and program/project assessment with Museum Education staff as required
• Submitting project/program documentation, including, but not limited to: final lesson plans, annotated notes on the teaching experience (including observations on student performance, collaboration, and overall learning), complete materials list, and photographs of completed projects
• Other duties will be assigned as required Teaching Artist
Candidates should have demonstrated experience in art discipline (Bachelor’s degree, MFA or related training preferred) and a minimum of two years’ experience in an arts and teaching environment. In addition, the ideal candidate:
• Is able to create safe, inclusive, supportive, and creative environments for children, youth, adults, and volunteers
• Desires to experiment with new techniques and has the capacity to adapt them and teach them to others
• Desires to work with diverse populations (i.e. age, gender, class, sexual orientation, ethnicity, etc.)
• Is capable of performing in busy, non-traditional classroom and gallery settings
• Has strong organizational skills and attention to detail, with a proven ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities, plan ahead, anticipate and articulate program needs, and work independently while keeping open communication and status reports
• Is able to problem-solve, be flexible, imaginative, and innovative
Please send a current résumé and cover letter, providing detailed information on your academic, artistic, and professional experience.
Please include a brief description of a sample 45-minute lesson or hands-on art-making workshop, for students in grades 3 to 5 OR 7 to 10, engaging the work of a a current Aldrich exhibiting artist. If you specialize in teaching a specific age group other than the two options listed above, please indicate that age group and submit materials aligned with that age group. Please include an age appropriate introduction to the artist’s work and a materials list, if applicable. Information about exhibiting artists can be found at aldrichart.org/exhibitions.
The Aldrich accepts applications on a rolling basis. No phone calls, please.