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Guest Teaching Artist - Visual Arts

Chicago Opera Theater (COT) is seeking experienced Guest Teaching Artist(s) in the visual arts (murals, painting, and/or drawing) to work in our Opera for All education program in partnership with Chicago Public School (CPS) elementary, middle, and high schools.

Program Background:

Opera for All inspires students to understand and appreciate art by providing opportunities to actively participate in the creative process, both in production and performance.

Job Overview and Requirements:

Guest Teaching Artists (visual artist) will work in CPS classrooms with professional COT Teaching Artists and CPS partner teachers. They will work directly with CPS students (in 1 classroom session) and lead them through the creative process of designing and painting their own backdrop for their classroom opera to be performed at the end of the school year. All Backdrop canvases are 9' x 6’.

Candidates must hold a Bachelor’s degree and have at least 1 year of experience teaching art to K-12 students in a classroom or after school setting. Candidates must have expertise in creating lesson plans and teaching art projects. Candidates should also have strong organizational and classroom-management skills, must be willing to travel to multiple neighborhoods, and be available for work during the school day. Candidates must be excellent collaborators and value the input of the student voice.

All qualified candidates should email a letter of interest and an updated resume by October 15th, 2021 to Associate Director of Community Programming Veronica Chamberlain at Please include your daytime work availability beginning in mid-October through November. No phone calls please.

Chicago Opera Theater is an equal-opportunity employer, and is strongly committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment. As such, COT encourages applicants of all races, ethnicities, gender identities, and ages to submit for auditions and open positions.

Term: October / November 2021
Job Type: Contracted
Pay Rate: $40-$50/hr
Hours: approx. 7 - 12


● Teaching art: 1 year (Required)


● Bachelor's (Required)

Contact Info:
Veronica Chamberlain
Job Type: Freelance/Contract/Temp
Location: Chicago, IL