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Part-time ,
submitted by
Kennon Reinard

Marwen Emerging Teaching Artist (META)

Status: Temporary Part-Time (In-Person)

Benefits: No

Reports to: Manager of Emerging Artist Pathways


Marwen educates and inspires young people to nurture their growth and build their futures through art and community. Founded in 1987, the no-cost studio and pathway programs exist for young people in Chicago who want to explore visual arts and do not have access to arts programming due to financial and systemic barriers. Courses are facilitated by cohorts of intergenerational teaching artist teams. For more information, visit


The Marwen Emerging Teaching Artist (META) Program is a year-long, arts professional and development pathway position for emerging artists to develop their teaching artist practice, and aims to amplify voices from often marginalized communities, particularly lifting up emerging artists and educators of color not represented in traditional arts and education spaces.

Emerging teaching artists provide studio support to Teaching Artists and are mentored by Marwen staff to further their teaching artist skills.

Rooted in the core values of creative youth development (youth voice, racial and social justice, collective action) this program aims to cultivate youth centered, supportive, and collaborative teaching artist environments and communities to facilitate relevant visual arts programming with Chicago’s young people who are in 6th-12th grades.


  • Provide studio support for two courses per week in Marwen’s year-round visual arts program offerings, supporting lead teaching artists in Spring, Summer and Fall terms
  • Be an advocate for youth (ie. relationship building, listening, asking questions, and helping young people build friendships)
  • Support in class documentation of young people artwork for Marwen marketing needs and to create a portfolio for future teaching opportunities
  • Support in studio reset and maintenance during class session
  • Participate in professional development and peer learning, including
    • one-on-one mentorship meetings
    • term meetings
    • peer to peer observations
    • trainings on creative youth development
  • Co-lead Marwen workshops for youth who are in 6th-12th grades under the supervision of Marwen staff
  • Engage in post term reflection

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Interest in developing a teaching artist practice
  • Previous experience or interest working directly with youth, especially those who identify from diverse Chicago communities
  • Have an emerging artistic practice (Painting, Drawing, Ceramics, Fashion, Digital Photography, Printmaking/Print Media, Photography, etc.)
  • Commitment to creative youth development values of youth voice, racial justice, and collective action
  • Commitment to building and contributing to collaborative environments, including cohorts, co-facilitation models, and teaching teams
  • Marwen alumni and alumni of Chicago youth arts programs are strongly encouraged to apply

The compensation for this position is $22 per hour.

Hours per Term: Spring 2024 Term (65 hrs), Summer 2024 Term (58 hrs), & Spring 2024 Term (65 hrs)

Marwen is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and equity in the workplace. We strongly encourage those who reflect our communities to apply, including bilingual individuals, LGBTQIA+ and/or people of color. All instructors and students must be vaccinated for in-person programming.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and 3-4 current examples of your artwork with the subject line “META Facilitator” to by October 29, 2023.

Contact Info:
Kennon Reinard
Job Type: Freelance/Contract/Temp
Location: Chicago