Teaching Artist - Visual or Performing Arts
Changing Worlds (CW), an arts and cultural education organization, seeks Performing Arts and Visual Arts teaching artists to join our teaching artist (TA) cadre. CW conducts after-school and in-school programming in Chicago Public Schools, introducing arts techniques and project-based learning as a method to explore culture and identity. For CW, art is never just for art’s sake: residencies inspire creativity through the investigation of culture, history, and identity as well as techniques in the respective arts discipline.
Teaching with Changing Worlds offers a unique opportunity to design custom programming that incorporates a school’s needs and goals with the teaching artist’s practice and inquiry. We encourage our artists to bring the questions and techniques that excite them to the classroom and provide a platform for them to experiment with youth-centered pedagogy and artistic practice. Most programs are developed by the Changing Worlds TAs for specific sites in consultation with a CW Program Manager and program partners. Some examples of TA developed programming have included:
- The Indigenous People’s Project – an ongoing collaboration at Volta Elementary School to explore how cultural heritage influences the art making process
- Adelitas: LGBTQ Women and Femmes of Courage (art and history programming conducted at Schurz High School)
- Peacemakers: A multimedia arts exploration of community, involving personal storytelling and visual arts at Ruiz Elementary School
- Development of Social and Emotional skills – A middle-school exploration of the core competencies of Social/Emotional development grounded in multi-arts project-based learning experiences at Hibbard Elementary School
CW invites those with experience teaching visual arts, dance and movement, theatre, creative writing, and music to apply. Locations of program assignments will be determined by the Program Manager. Typically, in-school programs engage an artist for up to 4 hours of teaching per week, occurring between the hours of 8am-3pm over the course of 10-20 weeks. After-school program sessions are 60 minutes to 90 minutes (about 1.5 hours) long, occurring between 3pm-6pm, usually 1-2 times per week for 10 weeks. Schedules are determined by the participating school and all programs take place at the respective school building.
When applying, please be aware that Changing Worlds conducts programs all over the city, with large concentrations on the far South and Southwest sides. We welcome applications from teaching artists located throughout Chicagoland with all types of personal transportation access. To meet the needs of the CW schools who wish to offer fuller access of the arts to their students, CW Program Managers strive to assign programs that align with an artist’s talents and skills but cannot guarantee placements in any specific neighborhood or sector of the city.
We welcome applicants with various availabilities, life experiences and diverse backgrounds, especially TAs who have availability to work during after-school hours of 3pm - 6pm.
Key Responsibilities include:
- Plan and implement of a unique curriculum for a targeted group of students in consultation with Changing Worlds’ Program Manager and school or community partner
- Participate in planning meetings and communication with relevant partners before, during, and after program
- Support students’ development of cultural awareness and identity development and related vocabulary
- Engage with students to encourage their creativity and self-expression, building relationships
- Support students’ development of the essential skills in the respective discipline
- Employ a system of effective and compassionate classroom behavior management in collaboration with classroom teachers and program sites
- Support the students in the creation of a culminating event (scale varies)
- Transportation to/from the teaching site is the responsibility of the teaching artist
Desired Skills & Qualifications:
- Experience designing and implementing arts-integration curriculum for students of wide ranges of abilities
- Experience working with culturally diverse groups of students in a variety of school environments
- Passion for supporting young people, their artistic development, and the arts as a tool for social change
- A commitment to school and community partnerships and high regard for partners
- Strong experience with and knowledge of the identified arts form and its history
- Punctuality, reliability, and communication skills
- Comfortable traveling to school partners by car, UBER, or public transportation.
Compensation and scheduling: All CW TAs are independent contractors. CW compensates $100/hr of instruction, this rate is inclusive of 2 hours preparation per 1 hour of instruction. Any additional planning hours are reimbursed as needed and with consultation with the assigned Program Manager.
Per payroll schedule, TAs are paid monthly by check or Direct Deposit. The total monthly compensation is dependent on the schedule of a TA’s assigned residencies or programs.
Please send a resume that outlines your experience as an artist and teaching artist, along with a cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please specify which disciplines you are comfortable teaching and any availability constraints you may know of for the 2022-2023 school year.