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Teaching Artist
Community-Word Project


CWP Teaching Artists (TAs) bring high quality arts programming to young people in NYC public schools, libraries, and other community organizations. CWP TAs’ primary work includes co-facilitating multi-session, multi-disciplinary arts residencies in NYC public schools during school hour and after-school programs, and leading workshops in NYC and Brooklyn public library branches. TAs co-develop curricula with a focus on integrating school curriculum (as applicable), a multidisciplinary approach based on artists’ practice, and culturally responsive pedagogy. 

Position Start Date: Mid-October 2021 

*Virtual Interviews will be held between September 13-17 with group auditions the following week 

Rates: $55/hr for facilitation, $25/hr for meetings & professional development, $18/hr orientation & annual retreat. Teaching Artists are eligible for pay raises after two years of active employment with Community-Word Project 

Benefits: Paid sick and bereavement leave, access to paid professional development opportunities. 

Job Responsibilities: 

  • Co-develop an arts-integrated teaching path (curriculum guide) and weekly lessons in a multi-disciplinary residency 
  • Co-teach arts integrated lessons with a collaborating CWP Teaching Artist and meet with Classroom Teachers in weekly planning meetings 
  • Ongoing thoughtful reading, review, and organizing of student writing/artwork for class and for residency anthologies/final products 
  • Co-plan culminating events/projects 
  • Attend monthly professional development workshops and annual staff retreat
  • Submit and organize residency materials on the google drive each month (ie: updated teaching path, lesson plans, documentation, student work samples, etc.) 
  • Communicate efficiently and professionally with CWP Administrative Staff
  • Submit biweekly timesheets by the due dates listed in the pay period schedule 


  • Strong content knowledge as an artist in your discipline 
  • Minimum of 1-2 years teaching artist experience or equivalent training 
  • Commitment to serving and learning from the young people in the New York City area
  • Availability of at least one weekday in a four hour block from 8:30am-4:30pm for in-person work in any of the five boroughs of NYC 
  • Commitment to incorporating anti racist and social justice practices into their teaching, collaboration and communication.
  • Investment in collaboration and experimentation with other artists and art forms, as our residencies are multi-disciplinary and designed and implemented by two TAs (e.g. writer and visual artist) working in collaboration with Classroom Teachers 
  • Strong oral and written communication skills 
  • Strong organizational and planning skills 
  • Applicants with the ability to teach in Spanish and/or Arabic are strongly encouraged to apply. 


  • Teaching Artists will be required to be fingerprinted by the NYC Department of Education, which is required by NYC Public Schools. 
  • As of August 2021, per the city of New York, teaching artists working in-person must provide proof of vaccination. Masks must be worn in schools and libraries at all times regardless of vaccination status. 

Seeking the following art forms: 

Dance: (Especially Modern, Hip Hop, African, and Step) 

Visual Art 


Media Arts 

Writers (especially TAs with experience and passion for working with elementary aged students) 

Physical Demands include: 

  • Ascend and descend stairs for accessing school classrooms that are otherwise inaccessible. 
  • Operate a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as a calculator and copy machine. 

To Apply: 

Please send the application materials below to Send with the subject line “TA Application – Your Name/Your Artform”. Please, no calls. 

Application Deadline: September 7th, 2021 

Application Materials: 

  • A résumé or curriculum vitae outlining relevant professional, artistic and teaching experience.
  • A cover letter (no more than 2-pages, please) that speaks to the following:
    • What do you enjoy most about being a teaching artist and why?
    • Describe any experience you may have had with English Language Learners or young people with disabilities.
    • Describe your commitment to social change through teaching artistry and what that looks like in practice.
    • If not listed in your résumé please:
      • Describe your teaching experience. Please be specific: age, grade, in-school/after-school, etc.
      • List training/courses on teaching or teaching artistry.
      • List/Describe what language/s you teach in
  • Sample of two sequential lesson plans. Please note grade level and attach any supplemental materials used in the lesson(s). These can be lessons you have taught before or brand new.
  • Artistic Samples: Do not submit student work. Please share your original, creative work:
    • Creative Writing: 3-4 pages of poetry or prose
    • Dance: 3-4 videos of your work
    • Visual Art, Media Art, Muralists: 3-4 samples of your work

Community-Word Project (CWP) is committed to learning and engaging in work that disrupts and roots out systems and structures that perpetuate racial inequities and oppression. We intentionally seek to build and maintain a diverse and talented team that reflects the backgrounds and experiences of our students and creates an inclusive environment for all employees. CWP is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status or medical condition.

Date posted:

August 20

Expire date

September 7

Contact email:
NYC AiE Roundtable