Outreach Programs Teaching Artist:

Adjunct / Non-Exempt

Position Summary:

The Outreach Programs Teaching Artist will facilitate art-making experiences inspired by special exhibitions and the Museum’s permanent collection at outreach program sites. Teaching Artists must be comfortable teaching introductory level skills in several media, potentially including painting, collage, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, photography, fiber arts, new media, and more.

Outreach programs are part of the Museum’s commitment to providing visual arts to all in our community. Teaching Artists must be willing to travel to partner sites to teach programs, bringing all necessary supplies with them. Advance planning and coordination with the Manager of Outreach is required. Some sites may require additional training or volunteer certification to gain access to the program site.

Outreach programs serve both children, teens, and adults. The Outreach Programs Teaching Artist will provide program experiences for one or more of the following groups:

  • Children who are hospitalized for medical conditions, along with their siblings and adult family members
  • Children who are receiving treatment for mental and behavioral health issues (elementary ages and teens, taught in separate programs)
  • Adults who are recovering from brain and spinal cord injuries
  • Adults who have Alzheimer’s and/or dementia, for programs occurring both at memory care centers and at the Museum
  • Other groups that may need accommodation, assigned on an individual basis


Outreach Program Teaching Artist is a part-time, on-call position that requires mostly weekday availability. The number of hours per month varies based on program needs and availability. Previous art education experience is required, although training will be provided to Teaching Artists before they take responsibility for leading programs.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Facilitate art-making experiences for groups with special needs at locations within the community
  • Create a positive, well managed environment for all participants
  • Exhibit sensitivity, adaptability, and good judgement when working at partner locations
  • Prepare materials prior to programs and clean up afterward
  • Record observations and program attendance after each program
  • Engage in regular self-evaluation with Museum staff
  • Participate in required training sessions, staff meetings, and program planning meetings
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to maintain flexibility, composure, and focus while providing art-making experiences to groups
  • Willingness to meet and plan all programs with Museum staff
  • Knowledge of art-making media and techniques in one or more areas
  • Knowledge of developmentally appropriate teaching methods for at least one of the following age levels: adults, teens, and/or children
  • Strong communication skills with the ability to speak effectively with people at any level
  • Proven ability to efficiently multi-task and maintain a positive attitude
  • Able to prioritize and coordinate projects and workload
  • Strong organizational ability and detail oriented
  • Excellent listening skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively and build strong relationships with all levels of staff
  • Strong work ethic and self-motivation to complete tasks without direct supervision
  • Excellent problem solving and judgment skills

Qualifications and Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required
  • Require previous experience working with one of more of the following groups in an art education setting: adults, teens, and/or children
  • Experience working with populations who have special needs is highly desirable

Physical Requirements:

This is sedentary work that requires the following physical activities:

  • Sitting or standing for long periods, walking, finger dexterity, repetitive motions, talking, hearing, and visual acuity including close vision
  • Occasional lifting (up to 10 pounds of office supply boxes or paper)
  • May be required occasionally to stoop or kneel
  • Accommodation may be made for some of these physical demands for otherwise qualified individuals who require and request such accommodation

Working Conditions: Varies but could include: hospital settings, memory care centers, and the Museum’s galleries and studio classrooms

How to apply: Interested candidates may submit resume and cover letter by e-mail to [email protected]