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ArtSeed & YCS Teaching Artist



ArtSeed engages over 3,000 youth ages 5-10 across 60 parks through storytelling, movement, and ecological art. Children explore the histories and legacies of Chicago's community-based artists and imagine creative solutions to challenges in their own neighborhoods.

Young Cultural Stewards

Young Cultural Stewards (YCS) engage 45 youth ages 11-15 as caretakers of culture and agents of change within their parks and neighborhoods. With regional hubs in Rogers Park, Little Village, and Chatham / Roseland, youth explore what culture and community mean to them while developing skills in cultural and environmental stewardship.

Reparations for the Earth

In the Spring and Summer of 2020, ArtSeed and YCS will engage over 3,000 youth ages 5-15 as they explore the reciprocal relationship between cultural and environmental stewardship. Youth will partner with Illinois-based ecological artists and environmental justice organizers to create a community-based exhibition, documentary film, and curriculum responding to climate change.


ArtSeed and YCS teaching artists will develop curriculum, participate in professional development workshops, conduct community outreach, and facilitate youth programming in Chicago’s public parks. TAs work collaboratively in pairs utilizing a co-teaching methodology; incorporating feedback from one another, their supervisors, as well as youth and community. In addition to being informal educators in public space, TAs are in a position to offer social and emotional support to young people, address harm and conflict through restorative and transformative practices, and engage diverse communities with cultural sensitivity and respect. All TAs will be expected to embody the YCS values of cultural stewardship, civic engagement, and community safety. Ongoing training and professional development will be offered as well ongoing reflection and program evaluation processes.


Bachelor’s Degree in art education, studio art, environmental studies, early childhood education, K-12 Teaching Certificate, or community-based equivalent3-5 years experience as a facilitator of youth arts or environmental education in schools or community-based settingCultural competency working across Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods Training in restorative / transformative justice practices strongly preferred Ability to facilitate workshops in multiple arts media including: visual arts, ceramics, sculpture, poetry, textiles, digital art, photography, video, audio, dance, theater, environmental art, etc.Ability to facilitate games, recreation activities, and cultivate joy with young people Ability to follow Chicago Park District protocol in times of emergencies, incident reporting, etc. Spanish language fluency strongly preferred Illinois Driver’s License strongly preferred Chicago residency required


Feb - March

Interviews & Orientation April - May

Professional developmentCommunity Outreach and engagement Pop-Up workshops in parks and community settings June - August

Summer Training: June 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 20thProgramming: June 22nd - July 31st Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm

Exhibition: July 31st 9am - 5pm Post-Program Evaluation: August 3rd - 5th

TIME COMMITMENT: April 1st - August 5th, 2020

PAY RATE: $19-$25/hr approximately $5,000-$5,500 over the course of the spring and summer



Job Type: Permanent
Location: Chicago