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Mural Teaching Artists and Teaching Artist Assistants (In Person)
Creative Art Works


About Creative Art Works

Creative Art Works is (“CAW”) a 35-year-old creative youth development nonprofit. We improve the lives of thousands of under-resourced
youth ages 4-24 each year through in-school and out-of-school-time classes, community art-making events, and our renowned public art
youth employment program. Working in NYC public schools, community centers, juvenile detention centers, parks and libraries, CAW
provides dynamic arts experiences for youth who otherwise lack access. Our programs build confidence, unlock a love of learning, and teach
valuable technical, developmental, life and job skills, all while creating profound connections between our young constituents, their art, and
their communities.


Creative Art Works seeks talented muralists with teaching experience for immediate in person summer opportunities in the
CAW Public Art Youth Employment Program. Successful candidates will demonstrate strong professional mural experience and
equally strong experience teaching/mentoring teens and/or young adults in mural creation. Experience working in underserved
communities, in social or restorative justice, and/or workforce development a plus. Those with a strong portfolio and less teaching/youth development experience (or vice versa) will be given consideration as a paid Teaching Artist Assistant.


  • Commit to the duration of the program (full time July 5 to August 13 with advanced orientation)
  • Lead a team of approximately 15 paid youth apprentices through the mural creation process, from initial concept
    development, including community outreach, through design presentation, execution and public unveiling
  • Collaborate with Teaching Artist Assistant and other Mural Teaching Artists teaching over the summer
  • Represent Creative Art Works in interactions with program partners and other stakeholders
  • Participate in professional development sessions
  • Deliver accurate and timely documentation, including time sheets, site documentation, evaluations and assessments, etc.
  • Commit to the artistic process as a vehicle for youth development and embrace the role of mentor
  • Ensure youth and mural team follow COVID-19 safety protocol when on site


  • BA/BFA in Visual Arts, Arts Education, or a related field
  • Large-scale public art experience, specifically painting, and evidence of strong design skills
  • At least 2 years of experience teaching in a school or community-based setting, with mentorship experience a plus
  • Portfolio of youth-created or community-based work a strong plus
  • Strong cultural competency skills and comfort/experience in addressing social justice and socially-engaged art
  • Proficiency in using Zoom or other video conferencing tools for remote aspects of the program
  • Willingness to travel within New York City
  • Spanish language proficiency or fluency a plus
  • All Employees must clear NYC’s PETS Background check system
  • All in-person Employees must be COVID-19 vaccinated two weeks prior to the start of the program

Creative Art Works offers competitive pay including compensation for prep time, lesson planning, editing, staff coordination and
professional development in addition to youth contact hours. All offers are conditional pending background check, fingerprinting and
references, satisfactory to CAW.

How to apply

Please submit cover letter, résumé, portfolio and URL (if available) via e-mail to with “[Your Name]: Muralist/
Teaching Artist” in the subject line. No phone calls, please. Applications will be held on file for future opportunities.

Creative Art Works is an Equal Opportunity Employer. This organization does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, gender,
sexual orientation, age, disability or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

Date posted:

May 25

Expire date

Open Until Filled

Contact email:
NYC AiE Roundtable