Monday, August 13, 2012

Assistant Artist-Teacher, Joan Mitchell Foundation- New York, NY

The Joan Mitchell Foundation is currently accepting applications for the position of Assistant Artist-Teacher in our Art Education Program. The Art Education program, which began in 1997, strives to fulfill the Foundation’s mission by providing opportunities for both emerging youth artists and working adult artists through inclusive and diverse arts education programming, offered completely free to the public. The program enhances the artistic education of young painters and sculptors through studio classes, in concert with other educational opportunities encouraging students to pursue and develop their voice in the arts. Simultaneously, the program supports the artistic development of working painters and sculptors through teaching opportunities, professional development training, and engagement with the artistic community. Currently, the Art Education program partners with six organizations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens, and offers Saturday, afterschool, and summer programming, employing over forty Artist-Teachers, and serving 1,000 students each week.

Ideal candidates are artists who do not have extensive experience in education, but would like to learn about teaching and someday lead their own class.

The Assistant Artist-Teachers are responsible for helping with the everyday running of the classroom. Assistant Artist-Teachers are required to fulfill the duties outlined below: • Complete weekly timesheets and reflections (written summaries of the classroom experience); • Take and maintain daily attendance records; • Assume role of Lead if teaching partner is absent; • Set up the classroom; • Prepare materials both on and off site; • Label and prepare student work for shows; • Offer instructional advice and guidance to students during work period; • Work with Lead Artist-Teacher to coordinate student shows; • Aid with completion of materials inventory; • Participate in required professional development; and • Complete other duties defined by Lead and the Art Education Program.

Positions range from one to three day engagements (3-22 hours per week). Programs run Monday through Saturday. Assistant Artist-Teachers are compensated at the rate of $25/hour. Applicants must be available to start the first week of September and work through the 2012-2013 academic year.

Love of children, passion about education, flexibility and willingness to work hard and try new things are essential. Applicants must also maintain an active art practice.

Application Instructions:
Interested applicants should email resume, cover letter, and six (6) images of their art work (of which, at least 3 must be images of work made within the past year) to Travis Laughlin, Art Education Program Director at Applications must be received by August 13th, 2012.