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Teaching Artist - Visual Arts

Changing Worlds, an arts and cultural education organization, seeks Visual Arts teaching artists to teach in our Arts and Cultural Connections after-school and in-school programs in Chicago Public Schools. Changing Worlds’ visual arts residencies inspire creativity through the investigation of culture and technique. Throughout the course of the residency, students develop personal portfolios chronicling the development of their artistic skills. Each residency culminates in an exhibition for friends and family. Currently Changing Worlds is open to visual artists with experience in teaching one or more of the following areas: Graphic/Digital Arts, Fiber Arts, Comic Arts, Mural, Photography, Multi Media Arts, Sculpture, Drawing and Painting, and Installation Art

Compensated responsibilities include instructing students in an after-school studio setting or in collaboration with a classroom teacher in an in-school setting. The teaching will develop a curriculum, use their planning hours to prepare materials, teach the visual arts skills, present the history/ tradition or cultural context of the art form being taught. The program result in the development of a collection of student work that is exhibited or ends with culminating discussions about the completed work with family and friends. An important part of this position is to maintain positive relationships with students, parents and school administrators.

Locations of program assignments will be determined by the Program Manager. Typically, the in-school programs may engage an artist for up to 3 hours of teaching, occurring between the hours of 8am-3pm and after-school program sessions are 90 minutes to 2 hours long, occurring between 3pm-6pm at the designated site. Timeframes are determined by the participating school.

Locations of program assignments will be determined by the Program Manager. Timeframes are determined by the participating school or site.


*Support the development of the essential skills in dance and movement for the targeted group of students

*Support the development of cultural awareness and identity development and related vocabulary for the targeted group of students

*Plan and implement of a unique curriculum for a targeted group of students

*Engage with students to encourage their creativity and self-expression, building relationships

*Employ a system of effective and compassionate classroom behavior management

*Support the students in the creation of a culminating exhibit or final critique

*Collaborate with classroom teacher or program site

*Consult with Changing Worlds’ Program Manager on the development of programming and its implementation.

Skills & Qualifications:

*Passion for supporting young people, their artistic development, and the arts as a tool for social change

*Experience designing and implementing arts curriculum for students of wide ranges of abilities

*Experience working with culturally diverse groups of students

*Strong experience with and knowledge of the identified visual arts forms and its history

*Strong mentorship and leadership skills

*Punctuality, reliability, and communication skills

*Transportation to/from the teaching site is the responsibility of the teaching artist

To Apply:

Please send resume and cover letter to Please specify which disciplines you are comfortable teaching and any availability constraints you may know of for the 2021-2022 school year.

Contact Info:
Emma Leff
Job Type: Freelance/Contract/Temp
Location: Chicago