Lane Arts Council is currently accepting applications for our contracted Teaching Artist position. See below for more information.


Teaching Artist

Arts Education Program
Contract Positions Now Available

Review of applications to begin June 21st, 2019 and continues on rolling basis. We are looking for artists who can provide 2-4 week in-school artist residencies, as well as for artists who can provide one-time performances in a school assembly setting. Artists may apply to one or both categories.

For Lane Arts Council’s artist residencies, 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 Artist Residency provides each classroom with four learning sessions at 45 minutes each. A typical Artist Residency is completed in about two weeks. Most residencies occur 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.

Artists offering Performance Assemblies visit schools for one-time events, offering students an exciting look into their performance art form. Assemblies are typically 45-60 minutes in length and are often performed for the entire school (K-5, middle, or high school).

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:

  • Muralists comfortable with elementary age audiences
  • 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 (links below). We are looking for artists who can provide 2-4 week in-school artist residencies, as well as for artists who can provide one-time performances in a school assembly setting. You are welcome to apply to one or both categories in the forms below.

Apply here if you would like to offer 2-4 week in-school artist residencies.

Apply here if you would like to offer one-time performances in a school assembly setting.

Learn more about Lane Arts Council’s Artist Residencies

Learn more about the artist residency programs currently offered on our roster

Learn more about Lane Arts Council’s Performance Assemblies

Review of teaching artist applications will begin June 21st, 2019 and continues on a rolling basis.

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.