Teaching Artist for School and Community Programs


The Birmingham Museum of Art offers school and community programs inspired by its global collection and special exhibitions. The goal of these programs is to provide arts-based learning opportunities for participants of all ages that ignites curiosity, fosters critical and creative thinking skills, and generates inclusive, collaborative environments. We are seeking dynamic, experienced Teaching Artists to help design and lead these programs.

With oversight from the Program Director, Teaching Artists are responsible for planning and implementing lessons that are based on the BMA’s collection and special exhibitions. Lessons should inspire the creative process and self-expression of participants through learning about the BMA’s collection, world cultures, and art making.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead programs in both traditional classroom settings and non-traditional environments
  • Develop lesson plans for each program session that connect to a wide variety of techniques to engage participants of all ages, abilities, and interests
  • Directly communicate with program partners and classroom teachers on all program logistics
  • Prepare, coordinate and obtain materials for each class
  • Build and sustain strong, productive working relationships with Museum Staff, Teaching Artists, Community Partners, Teachers and Administrators
  • Maintain a high level of professionalism at all times
  • Submit program evaluations, including reflections, participant statistics and surveys for each program
  • Additional duties as necessary

Special Skills and Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in education, the arts, or related field (preferred)
  • Flexible weekday availability during school hours
  • Experience working with youth in school settings
  • Experience facilitating arts based programs with diverse groups
  • Knowledgeable about art making, education, and/or art history
  • Experience in lesson plan development
  • Strong facilitation, communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks, anticipate and articulate program needs, and work independently while keeping open lines of communication
  • Ability to travel throughout the greater Birmingham area, including a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation
  • Reliable internet connection, computer, and phone
  • Proficient in Google Suite
  • Ability to lift 25lbs
  • Bilingual (Spanish and English), a plus

Time Commitment:

7-10 hours per week, including planning and teaching hours

Payment Per Hour:

  • $30 per hour for teaching
  • $15 per hour for planning hours

To apply:
Candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and three references in PDF format

Start date:
Rolling as opportunities become available

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