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Teaching Artist with A4L LessonsAre you a passionate artist who is interested in sharing your work with kids?  Are you a creative thinker who is open to trying new approaches with your art?  Can you see yourself discovering new information alongside young people?

Arts for Learning hires independent contractors on an annual basis to work on our behalf with students in schools, community centers, afterschool and summer programs.  These Teaching Artists teach students about a specialized art form as well as how that art form can connect to their lives in real and tangible ways.

We are seeking artists with the following qualifications to join our team of outstanding Arts for Learning Teaching Artists:

  • Must be ready and excited to share your passion with students
    • Working as a teaching artist will require a focus on the students’ needs and a focus on bringing them the best experience possible.  Our mission is to help them achieve their intellectual and creative potential using the arts as a tool for learning.  Our programs break from the mold of traditional lecture learning.  Hands-on and student-focused, these programs provide valuable learning opportunities for students and should illuminate new and relevant information for the students.
  • This position is part-time and is scheduled on an as-needed basis.
    • Most of our teaching artists find that this work is complementary to a professional art career, giving you freedom to work in the studio, practice your art form, etc.
    • Some teaching artists work around other major commitments (i.e. other full or part-time jobs) to work in schools occasionally because of their passion for the art form and sharing it with students.
  • Must be available during the day, flexible hours, for work in schools and community sites as needed.
  • Must have a passion for an art form and/or be a professional in your field; Music, Dance, Visual Arts, Storytelling, Writing etc; contemporary or historical
  • We value traditional art forms, but we are also looking for new and cutting-edge art forms; (video game art & new media; electronic music; hip hop dance; architecture; culinary)
  •  Must have experience within your area of artistic expertise; demonstrated examples of successful work, i.e. performances, exhibits, public displays, advanced training, etc.
    • The art form you bring to our roster should be an area of expertise for you.
    • Must be open to learning new things and be open to working with a team
    • All teaching artists must participate in an annual criminal history background check process.

Here’s some things our current teaching artists have to say about working with Arts for Learning:

“Being on the roster of teaching artists for AFL has been a blessing on many levels.  In my time with them I have been presented with unique opportunities that have allowed me to grow as an artist, and as a person.  Connecting with children through my art form allows more than just opportunities to create something.  Those connections also help them discover their talents and potential.   On a personal level, AFL has been a blessing.  As a teaching artist, I am working during school hours, which provides a nice income on a schedule that works for my family and gives me the flexibility to be creative outside of my work with children.”

     – Bobbie Lancaster, Musician & Arts for Learning Teaching Artist

”Twenty-five years working with Arts For Learning (Young Audiences, Inc.) has taught me several vital lessons: 

1. Students will always find ways to challenge what you thought you knew.  This is a good thing that is not just true but crucial to grow as an artist. When you answer the call to teach you’ll be forced you to dig deeper, understand more, communicate better. All of which, by the way, will lift you to new levels in your creative endeavors. 

2. Success in performance is about you. Success in teaching is about your students. Do both and you’ll gain a sense of balance and connection with your community.

3. It fits. School schedules are flexible enough to accommodate most working artists’ other time needs.”

      – Bob Sander, Storyteller & Arts for Learning Teaching Artist