The Skirball Cultural Center seeks Teaching Artists

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The Skirball Cultural Center seeks applications from visual-arts based teaching artists who will facilitate a10 week in-school residency program for high school students.

The Skirball Cultural Center presents programs that celebrate discovery and hope, foster human connections, and call upon us to help build a more just society.

The Skirball’s In-school Residency program provides students with opportunities to engage with issues that are important in their lives and explore how art can be a tool for social action. It ignites and builds upon students’ imagination, critical thinking and sense of agency. Students and teachers work intensively over the course of 10 weeks in partnership with a teaching artist and Skirball educators to learn basic techniques in one or more creative disciplines. Each residency culminates in a professionally produced, student-driven presentation at the Skirball Cultural Center.

One class of high school students will think critically on issues of justice in the context of the Skirball exhibition, Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the Supreme Court Justice’s mission to protect civil rights and equal opportunity for all. Guided by a teaching artist, students will learn about zines and their role in creating a space for underrepresented communities to call for justice; will create original work and produce a zine grounded in issues of justice important to them; and become knowledgeable about the design and publishing process for zines.

•Develop a syllabus and lesson plan for a series of workshops spanning 10 weeks, September – December 2018
•Attend planning meetings with teachers and Skirball staff prior to the residency start date
•Meet deadlines for submission of materials
•Facilitate one to two hour in-school workshops weekly over 10 weeks
•Participate with the class in a field trip to see the Notorious RBG exhibition at the Skirball
•Develop a culminating event at the Skirball, in collaboration with students and Skirball staff

The qualified candidate will have professional experience creating zines as a form of advocacy on topics that are deeply important to them. These topics can range from social justice, body positivity, gender equality, immigration rights, and pop culture. Qualified candidate will have experience with copyediting, layout, and design. Qualified candidates will have at least two years of prior teaching experience (experience working with classroom teachers and/or high school students preferred). A successful candidate will be organized and communicative; flexible and able to adapt lesson plans based on feedback; passionate and inspiring with respect to their art form; enjoys collaborating with high school students and strives to keep student perspectives at the center of the artistic process.


Deadline: August 22, 2018