Mural Arts Program – Assistant Teaching Artist for Youth Restorative Practices
This Deadline Expired: Monday, August 27, 2018
The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program’s Art Education Department serves over 1,600 youth annually through free out-of-school time art education programs in neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia. Our programs provide a creative outlet for some of the city’s most vulnerable youth.
Mural Arts seeks to build safe spaces with and for the youth we serve, and our students’ work demonstrates their capacity for thinking deeply and creating fearlessly. Our programs provide young people between the ages of 10 and 22 year round course of study in the visual arts. Our curriculum offers students the technical and creative foundation necessary to imagine, design, and create a wide range of individual and public works of art. Whether creating a mural or honing foundational art skills, lessons are designed with both short and long-term goals in mind, incorporating artistic and social history in addition to traditional and emerging art processes. At every turn we encourage our students to reflect on themselves and make a positive difference in the communities in which they work and play while utilizing restorative and trauma-informed care practices.
The Art Education Department runs four sessions during the year—beginning in September.
In order to best serve the varied needs of our students, the Mural Arts Program’s Art Education Department seeks passionate and creative art educators who are committed to working in partnership with young people. We seek individuals who are excited about mentoring youth, eager to collaborate with fellow artists, and able to work in an energetic environment that demands flexibility, dedication, innovation, adaptability and enthusiasm. The ideal candidate is patient, has the ability to compromise, embraces challenges, and remain calm in stressful situations.
Assistant Teaching Artist Positions
Assistant teaching artists work closely with the Lead Teaching Artist to facilitate a safe and creative classroom environment in partnership with participating students and site personnel. They inspire and guide students in creating individual works of art, designing indoor murals, experimenting with media, and working alongside professional artists on large scale public art projects. The position requires attendance at instructor labs, reliable transportation and professional development.
Roles & Responsibilities:
- Connects students to pipeline opportunities.
- Takes initiative in providing instructional support.
- Assists with planning, preparation, set-up and clean-up.
- Expands teaching practice through creation and implementation of lessons under the guidance of the Lead Teaching Artist.
- Acts as a mentor and role model for students.
- Records classroom attendance weekly through the ASAP database.
- Submits high quality images to the Mural Arts blog.
- Supports and coordinates the collection of student applications.
- Invests time toward professional growth opportunities.
- Ability to engage students in a patient, friendly manner.
- 1-2 years teaching experience;
- Knowledge of art history and art-making techniques;
- Ability to manage a classroom of 6-8 students;
- Significant experience working with under-served youth and/or middle and/or high school students;
- Ability to multi-task.
- Ability to connect students to opportunities beyond the classroom.
- Ability to mentor, coach and build student motivation.
- Ability to collaborate with colleagues and site partners.
- Access to reliable transportation;
- Familiarity with Photoshop and social media a plus;
- Up-to-date PA Child Abuse Report, PA Criminal Background Check, and FBI Check upon interview.
Please provide cover letter with resume and references by Monday, August 27th to firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information on Mural Arts Philadelphia, please visit www.muralarts.org.