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Kennon Reinard

Teaching Artist

Marwen Cohort Teaching Artist


The Teaching Artist Cohort is a program that aims to center the essential and visionary expertise of Chicago community-based teaching artists within Marwen’s programming. 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 and hybrid in-person 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 through year-round, out-of-school visual arts, postsecondary, and career pathway programs for young people from nearly every neighborhood in Chicago. The tuition-free programs engage 6-12th graders annually in an 8-studio facility at 833 North Orleans. Teaching artists and education staff utilize the tools of creative youth development to facilitate programming in a wide range of disciplines, including painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, photography, animation, fashion design, and mixed media. For more information, visit

Core Responsibilities of Cohort Teaching Artists:

Over the course of 8 weeks, 8 Cohort Teaching Artists will engage in shared professional development, curriculum co-design and planning, mentorship with emerging teaching artists, and facilitation of a 4-week visual arts program. 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 informs the continuous development of Marwen’s arts programming work.

Program Planning, Facilitation, & Documentation:

  • Participate in weekly artist cohort meetings to share and cultivate teaching artist practices
  • Work collaboratively with a team of emerging teaching artists and young artists 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 the teaching team
  • Create art kits to accompany the hybrid class curriculum
  • Document learnings and process of 4-week virtual 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 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 art 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:

  • April 15: Applications open
  • April 23: Applications due (accepted ongoing)
  • Week of April 26: Interviews
  • Week of May 3: Notice of application status
  • Week of June 14: Artist cohort launches
  • Week of July 12: Courses begin
  • Week of August 8: Courses end

Time Commitment:

  • 8 weeks: June 14- August 8
  • 10 hours/week
  • 4-week hybrid programming will take place during daytime hours and/or on Saturdays
  • Weekly time commitment
    • Teaching 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)
    • 4-week online art program (3-4 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 10 hours per week for 8 weeks. Compensation is $45/ hour.

How to apply:

Step 1: Send your resume to

Step 2: Complete the online application form here by April 23, 2021

Job Type: Freelance/Contract/Temp
Location: Chicago