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Teaching Artist in Residence
Artistic Noise



Teaching Artist in Residence – Art, Entrepreneurship and Curatorial Program

About Artistic Noise:

Artistic Noise exists to bring the freedom and power of artistic practice to young people who are incarcerated, on probation, or otherwise involved in the justice system.
Through visual arts and entrepreneurship programs, our participants give voice to their experiences, build community through collaborative projects, and learn valuable life and job skills. Our staff of Teaching Artists and licensed Art Therapists create safe spaces where court-involved youth are seen, heard, and supported on their path to adulthood. We believe the practice of making art offers opportunities for young people and communities to transform.
Artistic Noise works with youth while they’re incarcerated and when they return home to their community. We provide stability for these young people who are often experiencing trauma and upheaval in their lives. Our participants are passionate, creative, and full of potential. We serve youth from all 5 boroughs of New York City between the ages of 13-21.

About the Art, Entrepreneurship and Curatorial Program (A&E):

Taking place in our Harlem Studio, this twice weekly workshop is an intensive program for participants to develop their business skills and creative abilities. Youth are given a stipend and full access to our facilities, including opportunities with our partner institutions; School of Visual Arts, MoMA, Whitney Museum of American Art, and Columbia University. Led by our Teaching Artists and Art Therapy staff, the workshops are geared toward independent growth and maturity within a group environment. Participants learn artistic techniques in different media, study contemporary artists working with issues of social justice, and produce an independent body of work throughout the year. Youth in this program gain access to business training in marketing, branding, and communication, and are given an annual microgrant to develop and implement an idea or product that they can sell.

About the Position:

Artistic Noise is seeking a Teaching Artist in Residence for the Art, Entrepreneurship and Curatorial Program. This is a new position within the organization that has been created to offer our youth a diverse, rotating curriculum of arts education. The Teaching Artist in Residence will bring a high level of technical and conceptual expertise in their chosen medium. The position will require a weekly commitment of 5 hours from April through May 2020. The program is held in our Harlem Studio during after-school hours.

Responsibilities include:

  • Design and implement an innovative visual arts project that examines issues relevant to our youth.
  • Provide technical instruction and direction to our youth. Demonstrations and discussions are highly encouraged.
  • Work collaboratively with the Art Therapist to facilitate the workshop.
  • Serve as a mentor and professional role model for our youth.
  • Send weekly updates to the Program Director.
  • Arrive 30 minutes prior to the workshop start time to meet and debrief with staff.
  • Attend monthly staff meetings.

Applicants should be practicing visual artists with a developed body of work. Prior teaching experience with disengaged youth is preferred. This is not a traditional educational setting; strong management skills and adept emotional intelligence are required. Teaching Artists must approach their work with vigor, passion, and energy, while understanding that it also involves patience, flexibility, and humility. The ideal candidate believes deeply in the mission of Artistic Noise and that the voices of court-involved youth must be heard.

Candidates from racial, ethnic, gender, and/or socio-economic backgrounds that are underrepresented in the arts are encouraged to apply. Artistic Noise is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, creed, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, party or political affiliation, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any illegal or prohibited factor.

Application Instructions / Public Contact Information

Submission Materials:
  • Cover Letter
  • CV
  • Link to artist website or portfolio images
  • Examples of prior student work (if available)

Please email your materials as a single PDF to with the subject line TEACHING ARTIST IN RESIDENCE. Consideration of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Artistic Noise may archive a candidate’s application to be considered for future openings.

Date posted:

January 29

Expire date

Open Until Filled

Contact email:
NYC AiE Roundtable