Arts Education Teaching Artists

Contract Positions Available


Professional visual, fine, craft and performing artists work with students and teachers to create extended educational arts activities, teach new skills, develop creative thinking, and offer career insights. Quality arts instruction provides young people with authentic learning experiences that engage minds, hearts, and bodies.

An average one week Artist Residency provides four learning sessions per day, over five days (20 hours). Artist residencies can range from one week to four weeks, depending on the size of the school being served and the availability of the teaching artist. Most residencies work in elementary and middle schools across Lane County.

Lane Arts Council provides arts integration for classroom curriculum based on Common Core and State Art Standards.

Roles and Responsibilities

Teaching Artists are an integral part of Lane Arts Council’s arts education programs. Roles and responsibilities include:

  • Teaching short and long-term activities in schools and in after-school residencies, assemblies and workshops
  • Developing lesson plans and preparing materials for each residency, assembly or workshop session
  • Facilitating arts experiences, including in-school performances
  • Integrating the arts throughout the curriculum as a way of engaging all types of intelligence’s in the learning process.
  • Upholding arts education standards backed by ongoing curriculum-based arts instruction in pre-K-12.
  • Encouraging discipline-specific arts learning in: visual art, dance, theater, music, poetry, etc.
  • Promoting lifelong learning in the arts through in-school community arts events, classes, workshops, assemblies and residencies
  • Using a wide variety of techniques to relentlessly engage young people who may be hard-to-reach and sometimes resistant
  • Building and sustaining professional and productive working relationships with site staff
  • Maintaining a high level of flexibility and professionalism at all times
  • Submitting evaluations to Lane Arts Council after each residency, assembly or workshop session
  • Collaborating effectively with other experienced arts education professionals
  • Attending Teaching Artist Professional Development workshops hosted by Lane Arts Council

Required Skills

  • 2-5 years experience teaching in a classroom setting
  • Portfolio of work
  • Experience with and knowledge of Common Core and Oregon State Standards

Preferred Skills

  • BFA or MFA degree
  • Experience teaching grades K-8
  • Strong customer service skills
  • Self-starter and self-motivated
  • Well organized
  • Punctual and reliable
  • Experience with and knowledge of Studio Habits of Mind and 21st Century Learning

Prioritized Arts Disciplines

In order to keep our roster diverse and opportunities available for our artists, we seek to fill out our roster with new skillsets not currently represented in our artist collective or in forms that are highly requested by schools. It is always valuable to review the roster to see if your particular art form is currently represented. Some particular art forms we seek in this round of applications include:

  • Mural painting
  • Ceramics
  • Glass fusion
  • Fiber arts
  • Vocal music
  • Cultural expression and arts, including:
    • Native storytellers
    • Pacific Northwest Native artists
    • East Asian music/dance/art (Chinese, Korean, Thai, Taiwanese, Japanese, etc.)
    • Bollywood, Bharatanatyam, Odissi and other Indian dance forms
    • Middle Eastern/Northern African music/dance/art
    • South African music/dance/art
    • South American music/dance/art (Argentinian, Chilean, Brazilian, etc.)
    • Other cultural expressions not currently represented on our roster

Application Process

Lane Arts Council is looking to add 3-5 artists for the upcoming school year. Please fill out an online application to be considered: Arts Education Teaching Artist Application or download the application HERE and email to

Review of teaching artist applications will begin August 13th, 2018 (positions open until filled).

To learn more about Lane Arts Council’s Arts Education programs and to view our current roster of teaching artists, visit

Equal Employment Opportunity: Lane Arts Council is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, sexual preference, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other classification by law.