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*IMMEDIATE - Mural/Visual Arts Teaching Artist - South & West Chicago

Mural/Visual Arts Teaching Artists - Beverly Arts Center

The BAC Outreach Department is actively seeking talented and experienced Mural/Visual Arts Teaching Artists for in-person classes with Chicago Public Schools and other organizational partners during Summer 2021 and the 21-22 school year.

As part of the Beverly Arts Center’s mission, our Outreach department offers tailored Arts-enrichment programming to Chicago area public and private schools throughout the city and surrounding suburbs before-school, in-school, and after-school. The Outreach department and its ensemble of professional Teaching Artists also serve homeschool groups, community organizations, libraries, churches, and more, offering programming in all artistic disciplines in addition to coordinating field trips and special events.

Courses being taught:

  • Mural Design: Lead a group of elementary, middle, or high school students in designing and executing mural artwork using acrylic paint and/or tile mosaic. Murals may be installed on exterior or interior walls, as requested. Teaching Artists must have the ability to both facilitate the discussion and execution of a bespoke design that will be meaningful for the school/community, as well as be able to install and see the design to execution.

For In Person Teaching: Teaching Artists must have reliable transportation and be willing and able to teach in person at CPS schools, especially located on the far South and West sides of Chicago. All Chicago Health and Safety Guidelines and CPS Health and Safety Protocols will be adhered to.

For Online Teaching: In the case that remote learning is required, Teaching Artists must have a reliable Internet connection and computer/technical equipment, plus be able to teach courses virtually on the Google Meet platform with the potential to move to in-person classes.

Responsibilities include:

  • Curriculum and lesson plans for weekly classes that might meet one to five times a week for up to 10 weeks
  • Ability to execute projects in a professional and timely manner, meeting all deadlines to present a finished product
  • Collaborate with program, school, and BAC staff to implement programs and develop designs
  • Teaching students grade-appropriate artistic curriculum specific to the Teaching Artist's discipline, documenting the creation process and any finished student work or culminating events
  • Arriving on time and prepared for class assignments.
  • Working within BAC, Chicago Public Schools, and other outside partner policies and procedures
  • Being observed in classrooms intermittently by Outreach Manager performing scheduled site visits, as well as school/organizational personnel on a random basis.
  • Returning completed contracts and bi-weekly Timesheets to department manager, meeting all deadlines.
  • Attending quarterly departmental meetings and paid professional development sessions with fellow Teaching Artists at the BAC, led by Outreach department staff
  • Submitting to fingerprinting and background checks for each partnering organization to be cleared before placement in applicable classrooms.
  • Adhering to specific contractual protocols on attendance and timeliness, including the utilization of a roster listing fellow BAC Teaching Artists for isolated substitution needs.
  • Communicating clearly and effectively in a timely matter

Experience and Education:

  • Applicants should be practicing artists with a portfolio or body of work to present in conjunction with a resume detailing any relevant teaching experience or previous work with young people (Grades Pre-K-12th, per experience).
  • A minimum of 2 years of teaching experience is strongly preferred.
  • A High School diploma is required, and a Bachelor’s or advanced degree is preferred; compensation is commensurate with education level and teaching experience.
  • All candidates will be considered primarily on the basis of experience, reliability, accountability, and integrity combined with a passion for bringing enriching artistic programs to the community at large.
  • Teaching Artists are strongly motivated independent contractors who demonstrate tangible classroom management skills and an ability to properly communicate with students.
  • Transparent availability, scheduling flexibility and strong communication skills are required assets for this position.
  • As representatives of the Beverly Arts Center, artists are expected to be professional, prepared, and prompt for all contracted classes. BAC reserves the right to terminate Teachers from the active roster at any time if these standards are not upheld.

To Apply:

Submit Cover Letter, Resume, & Examples of Work to:

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. Only emailed applications will be considered.

Contact Info:
Jennifer Marschand
Job Type: Freelance/Contract/Temp
Location: Chicago - South & West Side