artworxLA is seeking teaching artists to facilitate workshops for students at alternative high schools for the 2018–19 academic year.
ABOUT artworxLA CLASSROOM WORKSHOPS
artworxLA is a non-profit organization dedicated to education through the arts. With a hands-on approach, it combats the high school dropout rate by empowering teenagers to think creatively, re-engage with learning, and become catalysts for social change. artworxLA brings arts education to more than 700 students annually at over 25 alternative high schools throughout LA County. Teaching Artists facilitate 11-week workshops addressing one of three themes explored during the academic year. Workshops culminate with a Public Presentation event hosted by cultural partners, where multiple schools come together and share their work in visual, media, literary, and performing arts.
ABOUT THE TEACHING ARTIST POSITION
Teaching Artists inspire students’ curiosity and connect them to a theme, their environment, and community in new ways. Through art, they foster the development of skills in communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity. They motivate students to complete a project, emphasize problem-solving in the creative process, and instill a reflective practice that helps students become more self-aware of their contributions as active community members. Teaching Artists work in partnership with a Workshop Coordinator, who co-facilitates classroom workshops and provides support in communicating with schools, building rapport with students, organizing supplies, and other administrative duties.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE TEACHING ARTIST:
• Participate in Summer Teaching Institute and seasonal in-services.
• Develop, complete, and submit a syllabus and lesson plans for the 10-week workshop series.
• Facilitate 10 two-hour classroom workshops once a week.
• Participate in a Public Presentation event hosted by cultural partners.
The qualified candidate will have professional experience in fine arts, literary or performing arts, design, media, or related field; at least one-year previous teaching experience (experience working with teens preferred); reliable transportation to schools sites throughout LA County. A successful candidate will inspire excitement about learning; be organized and a good communicator and collaborator; be flexible and able to adapt lesson plans to effectively engage students; communicate clearly and passionately about their respective art form. TB test/fingerprinting required.
TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT
Teaching Artists are hired as independent contractors by invitation on an 11-week seasonal basis. Fall 2018 begins August 27; Winter 2018–19 begins November 26; Spring 2019 begins March 18.
Deadline: July 6, 2018