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Teaching Artist
Groundswell Community Mural Project



Groundswell, New York’s leading organization dedicated to community public art, is currently seeking to increase its vibrant roster of freelance teaching artists for upcoming projects in the next fiscal year. Groundswell’s mission is to bring together youth, artists, and community partners to make public art that advances social change, for a more just and equitable world. Our projects beautify neighborhoods, engage youth in societal and personal transformation, and give expression to ideas and perspectives that are underrepresented in the public dialog.

Groundswell is looking for teaching artists for a wide variety of programs including community murals, in-school arts residencies, and our new digital-learning lab. Applicants should possess dynamic facilitation skills, a passion for Social Justice pedagogy, and experience in youth-centered, research-based arts education.

Job Description:

  • Develop and implement youth-centered curricula connected to Social Justice, Youth Development, and Artistic Communication skills.
  • Create project work plans based on in-depth research of community topics and social justice themes and that reflect input from Community Partner.
  • Teach discrete visual art skills such as visual literacy, color theory, and painting techniques and help youth synthesize these skills towards project goals.
  • Raise youth awareness of historical and contemporary connections between the arts and social justice.
  • Foster youth development through activities that build self-awareness/confidence, personal planning goals (college/career), and the expansion of social/community networks.
  • Utilize project to help youth see themselves as agents of change and valuable contributors to the public discourse on social justice.


  • BA or equivalent experience preferred. Minimum 2 years teaching experience (or related experience)
  • Strong organizational and time-management skills
  • Excellent group facilitation, research, and public speaking skills
  • Mastery of Visual Arts discipline (mural arts, digital photo-video/illustration, printmaking/ fine arts).
  • Experience with community organizing, team building, community engagement event planning.
  • Must have flexible work schedule. Groundswell Teaching Artists work on a contractual/freelance basis. The majority of our projects take place M-F from 12pm to 7pm, and occasionally on weekends.

How To Apply:

E-mail Letter of Interest, Resume & 3-5 JPEG/PDF images of your artistic practice to email provided with the subject title: Teaching Artist Applicant.

Due to the volume of submissions we will only respond to those candidates we are interested in interviewing. No calls or email follow up inquiries, please.

Job Type: Part-time


  • Relevant: 1 year (Preferred)


  • Bachelor’s (Preferred)

Date posted:

June 28, 2019

Expire date

August 1, 2019

Contact email:
NYC AiE Roundtable