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Teaching Artists - Digital Media Arts

Changing Worlds, an arts and cultural education organization, seeks Digital Media Artists to teach in our Arts and Cultural Connections after-school and in-school programs in Chicago Public Schools. Changing Worlds’ digital media residencies spark innovative and critical thinking skills, while exploring media culture and self-expression. Each digital media residency culminates in a presentation for friends and family. Changing Worlds presents the following programs utilizing a wide variety of digital media art skills:

Digital Photography - Students learn to tell their stories through digital imagery. Students examine traditional techniques in composition, light and perspective as well as digital editing. Schools are required to provide computers can support graphic design software.

Filmmaking and Video Production - Students will incorporate core values, images, and themes that encapsulate their neighborhoods and traditions to create short films from screenwriting to post production. This will entail writing, acting, directing and editing.

Computer Coding – Students learn the fundamentals of coding and explore technology culture through the impact of media. Youth will bring their imagination to life through the creation of a personal website, video game and development of apps, which aid student’s critical thinking skills, creativity and problem solving.

Compensated responsibilities include instructing groups of up to 15 students in an after-school studio setting or up to 35 students in collaboration with a classroom teacher in an in-school setting. The artist will develop a curriculum, use their planning hours to prepare for the class, teach the required digital media skills, present the history/ tradition and/or cultural context of the art form. The work with students will result in the development of a collection of student work that is exhibited or finishes with culminating discussions about the completed work with family and friends. 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.


*Support the development of the essential digital media arts skills for the targeted group of students

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

*Planning and implementation of a unique curriculum for a targeted group of students

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

*Employ a system of effective classroom behavior management

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

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

Skills & Qualifications:


*Strong experience with and knowledge of the identified digital media art forms and its history


*Comfortable working with groups of students that represent a wide range of abilities

*Comfortable working with diverse groups of students

*Strong mentorship and leadership skills

*Prior experience with youth is mandatory

*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 visual art disciplines you are comfortable teaching.

Contact Info:
Umeki Ramsey
Job Type: Freelance/Contract/Temp
Location: Chicagoland