Philadelphia Museum of Art

Teaching Artists, Philadelphia Museum of Art

Posted on January 29, 2019

January 14, 2019

How You Will Contribute
For the Art Table Program, the division of Education at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) will place two [2] local artists at Broad Street Ministry to work collaboratively to lead a weekly 90-minute art class. Classes will be held on Tuesday afternoons from 1:00-2:30pm, onsite at Broad Street Ministry. Working together, the artists will design a unique studio experience for participants. The duration of on-site collaboration between artists will be 12-weeks total, March-May 2019. Artists will be paid for their participation, as well as receive free admission to the Museum for one year.

Notification will be sent to the two selected artists by Tuesday, February 5. Selected artists must present their artwork to PMA and BSM staff during the week of February 11th, dates TBA. Selected artists must also attend an orientation and volunteer shift at BSM and planning meeting with PMA staff before the start of teaching assignment. There will also be a debrief meeting the first week of June.

Specifically, you will…

  • Lead weekly 90-minute art lessons, during Broad Street Ministry’s Art Table, Tuesdays 1:00-2:30pm. Allow an additional 60 minutes for setup, breakdown, and transitional time in and out of space.
  • Manage the preparation, set-up, implementation, and clean-up of workshops.
  • Cultivate a safe learning environment where creativity is encouraged
  • Attend two meetings (planning and wrap-up).

Your diverse background includes…

  • Ability to collaborate with other teaching artists.
  • Commitment to Broad Street Ministry’s practice of Radical Hospitality.
  • Demonstrate an ability to engage, challenge and interest people through art.
  • Able to create safe, inclusive, supportive and creative environments for adults and volunteers.
  • Capable of performing in a busy, non-traditional teaching environment.
  • Experience working with displaced and/or transient populations. Knowledge of trauma informed and/or restorative practices.
  • Experience and desire working in diverse, community-based settings.
  • Advocate of social, racial, and economic justice; Knowledge of anti-oppression and anti-racist principles.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail with a proven ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities, plan ahead, anticipate and articulate program needs, and work independently.
  • Ability to problem-solve, be flexible, imaginative, think on your feet.

Required application materials*:

  • Cover Letter and resume/CV demonstrating teaching experience
  • Artist Statement, or brief description of your work and your teaching goals (one paragraph)
  • 3 references who can attest to your teaching style and ability to collaborate
  • 5 images of your own work showing proficiency using diverse materials; and 5 additional images of student artwork
  • Numbered image list, including artist name (student names not required), title, date, media, and dimensions (H x W x D)

*Please name all files using the following format: last name, first name, and cover letter/resume/artist statement (ie. smith_bill_coverletter) and all images with: last name, first name, artist/student work (i.e. smith_bill_artist or smith_bill_student)

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