Teaching Artist and Classroom Assistant Inquiry Form
We’re always looking to grow our network of professional teaching artists to deliver arts classes all across King County, as well as to cultivate the skills of classroom assistants, who will become the next generation of teaching artists. Whether you’ve been teaching for years or are new to the concept of teaching artistry, if you are committed to our mission and social justice values, we can find a place for you at Arts Corps.
Our teaching artists are professional, practicing artists for whom teaching is a part of their creative practice. They are dedicated to helping young people connect, expand their creative capacities, and express their vision through deep engagement in art making.
Arts Corps’ teaching approach is based on the model of emergent curriculum. Emergent curriculum evolves from the interaction between student and teaching artist. Building from the students’ natural curiosity, inquiry and exploration, this method provides a meaningful, relevant and engaging learning environment. Teaching artists create lesson plans that allow room for flexibility based on class dynamics while fostering the practice of imagination, critical thinking, persistence, risk-taking and reflection.
We are looking for dedicated, reliable, and flexible individuals who are great communicators and are committed to building their social justice analysis.
Arts Corps welcomes applications and inquiries at any point during the year, but we generally look to hire new teaching artists in the summer, so that we can place teaching artists at sites for the entire academic year. We operate classes on a quarterly basis, which are generally eight-weeks long each: fall, winter and spring. Our classes typically meet after school once or twice a week depending on the site schedule. We also host in-school residencies and workshops throughout the year. Occasionally we hold special classes and projects during summer quarter, depending on specific grants and partner collaborations.
- A supportive cadre of your peers
- Competitive hourly rate for teaching time, paid prep and enrichment time, as well as a mileage stipend and materials budget
- Paid professional development workshops ranging in topics from classroom management strategies, curriculum planning, race and social justice trainings, and more.
- Performance and exhibition opportunities
Assist in the Classroom
Arts Corps also hires classroom assistants who have some experience working with children and/or adolescents and are interested in building their teaching artist skill set.
In the classroom, assistants are expected to support the teaching artist’s daily lesson plan and paperwork requirements, in addition to assisting with classroom management. We are looking for dedicated, reliable, and flexible individuals who are great communicators and are committed to our social justice values.
Placements for positions occur before the beginning of the school year in September, and are updated quarterly as needed. Classroom assistants are expected to commit to a school year, or roughly three eight-week quarters. Positions are paid or on a volunteer basis (see “Benefits” below).
- We offer service-learning hours for our volunteer assistants. These volunteers should have a demonstrated commitment to community service.
- Paid classroom assistants are paid an hourly rate, including prep time and paid trainings. These are available for individuals with relevant artistic and classroom experience interested in building their skills as teaching artists.
- Classroom assistants receive mentorship from master-level teaching artists and participate in faculty training and development.
If you are interested in being a classroom assistant for Arts Corps, please tell us more about yourself by completing the form below. Arts Corps alumni and current teen students nominated by their teaching artists are strongly encouraged to apply.