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Visual Art ,
submitted by
Julia Hinojosa

Multi-disciplinary Teaching Artist

The APL Education Department offers in-depth programs that cultivate local teens’ creative identity, social development, and leadership growth while motivating them to make a positive difference in their community through the arts. Programs level up over time as part of a tiered pathway that offers opportunities for access and exposure as well as supports dedicated teens’ pursuit of careers in the arts—at and beyond APL.

Education/Work Experience:

Undergraduate degree at a four-year accredited college or university

  • At least 3 years of experience working as a professional multi-discipline artist or teaching artist in Chicago

Desirable Skills and Qualifications

  • At least 3 years of experience working as a professional multi-discipline artist or teaching artist in Chicago
  • Experience teaching youth ages 13-19
  • Familiarity with After School Matters (ASM) programs/policies/procedures is preferred but not required
  • Skills in developing culturally relevant and youth-centered curriculum and lesson plans
  • Familiarity with virtual learning environments and teaching strategies a plus
  • Cultural competency to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds
  • Ability to work with various communities, organizations, and educational institutions
  • Work in a team environment with minimal supervision
  • Ability to work independently, be flexible, and manage multiple priorities
  • Exceptional communication and organizational skills
  • Strong classroom management experience
  • Have access to reliable transportation

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead youth in a curriculum that follows the core pedagogical values of APL
  • Develop curriculum and weekly lesson plans that align with program goals and outcomes
  • Facilitate in-person and/or virtual lesson plans that meet programmatic objectives and student outcomes
  • Guide youth to full-scale projects that cultivate teens’ creativity, social development, and leadership while inspiring them to make positive differences in their communities.
  • Work 10-15 hours weekly (evening and Saturday hours).
  • Complete a fingerprint and background check
  • Attends all team meetings, professional development workshops, and other meetings with staff and community partners as required
  • Attend professional development courses
  • Manages and tracks program activities such as daily attendance, student paperwork, and program surveys.
  • Willingness to travel to off-site locations for field trips and enrichment activities
  • Identify guest speakers and visitors in related fields to enhance classroom experience and knowledge
  • Communicate any incidents or problems as outlined in the APL Teaching Artist Handbook to APL Education staff
  • Participate in APL Education program events
  • Be a positive role model for students and fellow teaching artists
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

This position is offered as a temporary, contract position.

To apply, send a resume and cover letter to Julia Hinojosa, Associate Director of Education Programs, at

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status or status as an individual with disability.

Job Type: Freelance/Contract/Temp
Location: Chicago, IL