Arts Education Teaching Artist 

Contract Positions Now Available
Review of applications to begin July 7th, 2019 and continues on rolling basis

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.

A one week Artist Residency provides four learning sessions per day, over five days (20 hours). A typical Artist Residency is two weeks (40 hours). 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 through in-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, media, 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 or youth learning environment
  • Portfolio of work
  • An understanding of or willingness to learn Common Core and Oregon State Standards

Preferred Skills

  • BFA or MFA degree
  • Experience teaching grades K-5
  • Strong customer service skills
  • Self-starter and self-motivated
  • Well organized
  • Punctual and reliable

Prioritized Art Forms
In this round of recruitment, we are prioritizing artists from highly requested art forms and art forms not currently represented on our roster. These include:

  • Ceramics/clay
  • Nature and science art
  • Vocal music
  • Instrumental music
  • Identity and culture-based arts, including: Native storytellers; Pacific Northwest Native artists; Latinx visual, music, and dance artists; East Asian music/dance/art (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Taiwanese, Thai, etc.); Bollywood, Bharatanatyan, Odissi and other Indian dance forms; Middle Eastern/Northern African music/dance/art; South African music/dance/art; South American music/dance/art (Argentinian, Brazilian, Colombian, Venezuelan, etc.); Other cultural expressions not currently represented on our roster

We highly encourage rural artists of all disciplines to apply.

All artists, regardless of art form and practice, will be reviewed with full consideration and are encouraged to apply.

Application Process
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 July 7th, 2019 and continues on a rolling basis.

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.