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Kennon Reinard

Marwen Teaching Artist Cohort Member

Overview of Marwen’s Teaching Artist Cohort:

The Teaching Artist Cohort model is a pilot program that aims to center the essential and visionary expertise of Chicago community-based teaching artists within Marwen’s programming. Developed at the onset of shelter in place, this model provides ample space for teaching artists to build a values-based community of practice with each other and co-design relevant arts programming alongside young artists, emerging teaching artists, and staff at Marwen. Rooted in the core values of creative youth development (racial justice, collective action, and youth voice) this program aims to cultivate and facilitate relevant online visual arts programming with young artists ages 11-18 from across Chicago. Programming is also geared toward engaging intergenerationally with family members of young artists who participate in our virtual programming.

About Marwen:

Marwen educates and inspires young people. We provide year-round, out-of-school visual arts, pre-college programming, and career programs to young people from nearly every neighborhood in Chicago.

Teaching artists and education staff utilize the tools of creative youth development to facilitate programs in a wide range of disciplines, including painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, analog and digital photography, printmaking, animation, fashion design, and mixed media. For more information, visit

Core Responsibilities of Cohort Teaching Artists:

Over the course of 12 weeks, 8 Cohort Teaching Artists will engage in shared professional development, curriculum co-design and planning, mentorship with emerging teaching artists, and facilitation of an 8-week visual arts program via online platforms. With a focus on relationship and community building, Cohort Teaching Artists will co-design and co-facilitate visual arts programming that is rooted in questions of social justice and the exploration of creative expression through visual arts. The role of the Cohort Teaching Artist is essential to Marwen’s ability to provide responsive, relevant, and supportive programming and will inform Marwen’s future arts programming work.

Program Planning, Facilitation & Documentation:

Participate in weekly artist cohort meetings to share and cultivate teaching artist practicesWork collaboratively with a team of emerging teaching artists, young artists, and staff to design class content and curriculum Provide one to one mentorship to emerging teaching artist partners Provide one to one connections with young artists enrolled in programming Plan agendas for collaborative teaching team meetings Facilitate weekly collaborative planning and reflection meetings with teaching team Create art kits to accompany online class curriculum Document learnings and process of 8-week virtual course Co-facilitate program-wide culminating event for final week of course Co-facilitate 8 weeks of online visual arts programming

Strong Candidates will:

Be a Chicago community-based teaching artist working in visual arts Have a deep commitment to to the values of creative youth development: racial justice, collective action, and youth voice Believe in the vital role young people play in social change Have an arts practice that actively connects teaching artistry and collaboration with your personal visual arts practice Have at least two years of experience facilitating visual arts programming with young people Experience working in collaboration with young artists to develop curriculum Experience mentoring emerging educators Experience with co-teaching models Strong youth development and/or arts education background working directly with young people, especially young people who identify as youth of color, queer or LGBTQI, newcomers, first-generation immigrants, and neurodivergent

Program Timeline:

August 20: Applications openAugust 31: Applications dueSept 7-10: Interviews Sept 11: Notice of application status Week of Sept 21: Artist cohort launchesWeek of Oct 19: Courses beginWeek of Dec 14: Courses end

Time Commitment:

12 weeks: Sept 21 - Dec 18 (off the week of November 23-27)8-10 hours/week 8-week virtual art programing will take place during afternoon/evening hours and/or on SaturdaysWeekly time commitmentTeaching artist cohort meeting (1 hr)Weekly planning and reflection meetings with teaching team (2 hrs)Mentorship of emerging teaching artists (1 hr)Ongoing check-ins with young people (1 hr) 8 week online arts program (2-3 hrs)Lesson planning, art kit creation, prep (2 hrs)

Marwen is an equal opportunity employer committed to equity in the workplace. We strongly encourage those who reflect our communities to apply, including bilingual individuals, LGBTQI, and/or BIPOC.

Compensation: Contract role for 8-10 hours per week for 12 weeks Sept 21 - Dec 18 (except the week of November 23-27). 8-week programs will take place during afternoon/evening hours and/or on Saturdays. Compensation is $33-$55/ hour depending on years of teaching experience.

How to apply:

Step 1: Send your resume to

Step 2: Complete the online application form here by August 31, 2020.

Contact Info:
Marwen Careers
Job Type: Freelance/Contract/Temp
Location: Chicago