Kirkland Arts Center: Teaching Artists

Teaching Artists, After School Program

The Kirkland Arts Center is seeking versatile, experienced and engaging teaching artists to lead after school art classes for our Make Your Mark (MYM) Program. MYM is a quality, arts-based program for grades 1-5 and is designed to support students’ social and emotional (SEL) growth through art making. The MYM curriculum demonstrates significant improvement in social and emotional skills such as collaboration, communication, empathy, and growth mindset. This year, MYM began with pilot classes and we are looking to expand to up to 8 classes in the fall.

Teaching Artists will be trained on the MYM curriculum as well as participate in professional development focused on the connection between social and emotional learning and art making prior to the start of the program. Training will begin prior to the start of the program.

Desired Qualities

  • Promote creativity, reward risk-taking, and generate excitement with warmth and positivity
  • Flexible and responsive teaching style
  • Ability to use 21st century skills and social/emotional (SEL) frameworks to plan lessons and assess student growth
  • Ability to use a race and social justice lens for all interactions with students, teachers, parents, and community
  • Adapt curriculum to meet the needs of the individual student as well as the whole group
  • Knowledgeable of art techniques and pedagogy in an elementary school setting
  • Expertise in student-led collaborations
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Comfortable with school and family communications

Key Responsibilities

  • Use Make Your Mark framework to customize 90-minute lesson for students in grades 1-5
  • Collaborate effectively with colleagues
  • Maintain effective, consistent communication with program coordinator and education director
  • Reflect on each lesson, providing observations, insights and recommendations to program coordinator and education director
  • Maintain and organize art materials for sessions
  • Plan and present art displays and exhibitions to share the students’ work with the community


  • Experience in visual arts instruction in classroom or after-school settings
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Art Therapy, or other SEL focused education (preferred)

Time Commitment

  • Teach up to four 90-minute sessions per week. Compensation is available for classroom lesson prep, team reflection meetings, and trainings

Kirkland Arts Center is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.


To apply, send resume and a brief letter describing how you are perfect for this role to: Applicants from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.  The position will remain open until filled.

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