Art Instructor, Mural Corps

Posted by on April 6, 2009

[emailed 4/3/09]

Mural Arts Program, Art Education Department
Art Instructor, Mural Corps

Mural Arts Program’s Mural Corps is an after school art education program that operates in 8 locations throughout the city of Philadelphia.  Mural Corps is a rigorous mural painting and art education program for teens, engaging high-school youth between the ages of 14 and 21.  Mural Corps is an innovative youth-development program designed to increase educational opportunities and to provide critical job skills while cultivating virtuosity in the fine arts and youth leadership.  The art instructor is viewed as a mentor to the students, sharing their training and sensibility with the youth (class ratio of 10 to 1).  Instructor Salary:  $25/hour

Mural Corps is hiring for two different types of projects:

1.  Youth Designed Murals
The winter, spring, and summer sessions offer the opportunity to paint small indoor murals as a way to respond to a community request, to focus on community improvement, to gain experience with site and design selection, and to work as a team in partnership with a community leader or organization.  During the summer, Mural Corps instructors lead youth to choose the site, develop the mural’s theme and design, and execute a mural.  Mural Corps instructors are expected to lead youth through all phases of the project’s design development and execution.

2.  Professional Projects
Mural Corps participants are afforded the opportunity to contribute to the community through their involvement in a professional public art project. Mural Corps youth mentor with a Mural Arts muralist and participate in all phases of the project’s design, development and execution, thus allowing participants to expand their art skills through the creation of three-dimensional art. Mural Corps projects focus on the restoration of places through the production of metalwork, development of outdoor classrooms, various forms of mosaics, and ambitious new approaches to murals.  These projects are influenced by strategic plans and corridor revitalization.

Mural Corps Instructors must have a degree in Art or Art Education, have some experience painting murals, possess teaching experience with strong leadership and classroom management skills, and a desire to work with teens.  Photoshop CS proficiency REQUIRED.

The Summer session runs for 6 weeks:  July 6 to August 14, 2009, Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  The Fall, Winter and Spring programs run in three 10 week sessions, two days a week, 3:30 – 6:30 p.m., starting October 2009 and running through June 2010.

To Apply:
To apply, email the following items to Louise Radochonski (
– cover letter
– current resume
– 10-20 images, jpeg files at 72 dpi, with the images’ longest dimension not exceeding 700 pixels.  Each file should be labeled as follows:  imagenumberyourfirstinitiallastname.jpeg.  Example:  01_jdoe.jpeg, 02_jdoe.jpeg
– corresponding image list with the following information:  image number, title, medium, size and date.

Application Deadline:
Interviews will begin April 20th.  Applications will be accepted until position is filled

All Mural Arts educators are required to submit a PA Child Abuse Report, PA Criminal Background Check, and FBI Background Check, no more than 2 years old, upon 30 days of hire.  A provisional clearance is required prior to beginning work.

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