Creative Art Works is a 37-year-old nonprofit that empowers young people through the visual and multimedia arts. Our programs equip children, teens and young adults with essential tools and skills; connect them with community, academic success and career opportunities; and inspire them to reach for new possibilities.
Working in underserved neighborhoods of NYC, we provide in-school and out-of-school time classes, public art youth employment programs, and community art-making events, in partnership with public schools, recreation centers, parks, foster care facilities, and in juvenile justice settings. Our programs build confidence, unlock a love of learning, and teach valuable technical and social-emotional skills while creating profound connections between our young constituents, their art, and their communities. Students are never charged for participation, and Youth Apprentices earn wages.
Creative Art Works seeks dynamic and experienced Mural Teaching Artists for in-person placements, from late June – late August. Successful candidates will demonstrate strong professional experience in their respective discipline, experience teaching teens and/or young adults; and will possess a passion for creative youth development. Teaching artists must have strong engagement and team-building skills and be able to facilitate discussions for reflection. Experience working with at-risk youth and/or in underserved communities, in social or restorative justice and/or workforce development, a plus. The hours are comparable to a full-time job: Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. Placements in The Bronx, Queens and Manhattan.
• Execution of a large-scale mural with 20-25 teen/young adult apprentices
• Collaborate with another Teaching Artist
• Supervise and mentor 1-2 Teaching Artist Assistants
• Commit to the artistic process as a vehicle for youth development
• Collaborate with Program Management team to implement curriculum, programs and design mural
• Represent Creative Art Works in interactions with program partners and other stakeholders
• Embrace the role of mentor and model respectful communication and workplace standards with other staff and youth
• Participate in professional development sessions on Fridays
• Deliver accurate and timely documentation, including attendance, evaluations, lesson plans, and time sheets
• Prepare mural design rendering. Prepare youth for pitch presentation and culminating event.
• Commit to the duration of the program:
- Orientation Week: Monday, June 26 - Friday, June 30
- 6-week Program: Monday, July 10 - Friday, August 18 (excluding weekends)
- Post-program site shut down and debrief: Monday, August 21 - Friday, August 25 (days/times TBD)
• BA/BFA in Visual Arts, Arts Education or a related field
• Muralist or Large-Scale Painter
• 3-5 years relevant experience teaching youth, in either school or community-based settings
• Strong cultural competency skills and comfort/experience in addressing social justice topics and socially-engaged art
• Passion for Creative Youth Development
• Strong engagement and team-building skills
• Fully vaccinated for COVID and up to date with recommended boosters (see policy)
• Clear NYC’s PETS background check system and CAW’s background check system
Skills that are a “plus”
• Master’s Degree
• Proficiency or fluency in Spanish
• Ability to incorporate digital design and presentation skills
• Experience in restorative justice and/or workforce development
• NYC life experience strongly preferred
Creative Art Works offers competitive pay including compensation for design, prep time, lesson planning, staff coordination and professional development. All offers are conditional pending background check, fingerprinting and references, satisfactory to CAW. TA: $45-50/hour. TAA: $25-30/hour.
Please e-mail the following to email@example.com with “[Your Name]: Teaching Artist, Muralist” in the subject line, and include:
• Cover Letter
• Student work portfolio and/or sample curriculum, if applicable
Creative Art Works is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We actively seek a diverse applicant pool and encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply. Creative Art Works does not discriminate on the basis of disability, age, gender identity and expression, national orientation, race and ethnicity, religious beliefs, or sexual orientation. We welcome all kinds of diversity. Our full Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action policy can be found here.