Teaching Artist for Southern Exposure’s Partnership Program with Mission Girls

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Teaching Artist for Southern Exposure’s Partnership Program with Mission Girls


About The Community Arts Internship Program:

The Community Arts Internship Program (CAIP) at Southern Exposure provides young people with the opportunity to exercise leadership skills and explore relevant social and personal issues through visual arts. This year CAIP continues a collaboration with the Young Queens on the Rise of Mission Girls, a gender specific support group for girls. 

About the Teaching Artist Opportunity: 

The CAIP Teaching Artist is responsible for leading a series of online workshops based on a socially relevant theme from September through December 2020. In collaboration with SoEx and Mission Girls Staff, the Teaching Artist will develop a curriculum that explores topics and concerns central to the youth’s daily lives and the individuals in their community. 


  • Teaching experience with young artists aged 14-21 and a working knowledge of the needs of urban youth, especially using a trauma-informed framework; experience managing a classroom
  • Familiarity with community-based art projects, installation, performance, site-specific work, social practices, photography, video, painting, sculpture, or other forms of art making
  • Experience developing visual arts curriculum 
  • Good communication skills and experience working collaboratively
  • Experience working with online video chat and communication platforms such as Zoom and Slack.  
  • Spanish speaking proficiency preferred

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with SoEx and Mission Girls Staff to design and implement workshops and curriculum for youth participants
  • Lead weekly online workshops for 10 - 20 students
  • Collaborate with youth participants to integrate their ideas into the final project
  • Gather materials and resources for projects
  • Maintain a positive, productive and engaged online classroom environment
  • Attend weekly planning sessions and post-project evaluation meetings

Time Commitment: 
Workshops are held twice weekly via Zoom (1.5 hours/class) and run for ten weeks (September 28 to December 11, 2020). Additional pre- and post-program meetings will be required. 

Projected Start Date: Week of August 31, 2020
Projected End Date: Week of December 14, 2020
Projected Class Prep Work Dates: Approximately 4-6 hours/week, August 31 - September 28, 2020
Class Dates: September 28 to December 11, 2020

Stipend: The Teaching Artist will receive a stipend of $30/hour, payable biweekly, for approximately 30 hours of teaching plus additional time for meetings, planning, preparation, and evaluation as contracted (for a total of approximately six hours per week of total work). This is a contract position, and is not eligible for benefits.

How to apply to be a CAIP Teaching Artist: Interested candidates send an email to [email protected] with the subject line: CAIP Teaching Artist: your name. Please attach a single PDF document that includes a cover letter, resume, and sample curriculum. 

  1. A Cover Letter: no more than one page clearly stating why you want to be a CAIP Teaching Artist and anything you would like to share about your teaching philosophy, your relevant teaching experience, and your artistic practice.
  2. Your Resume: clearly outlining your teaching experience
  3. Curriculum Proposal: Please submit a one-page curriculum proposal that provides an overview of a possible project for the Community Arts Internship Program. Include the students (Young Queens of Mission Girls) and how your proposed project will directly involve this group, a general timeline or progression of activities and a description of the final project. Please also include what you hope students will learn and accomplish through participating and completing your project. 

Position Posting Date: July 23, 2020
Deadline to submit application: August 23, 2020, 11:59 PM
Projected pre-planning meetings start date: Week of August 31, 2020
Projected classes start date: September 28, 2020

Southern Exposure is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity. Persons with diverse backgrounds and experiences are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Southern Exposure (SoEx) is an artist-centered non-profit organization that is committed to supporting visual artists. Through our extensive and innovative programming, SoEx strives to experiment, collaborate and further educate while providing an extraordinary resource center and forum for Bay Area and national artists and youth in our Mission District space and off-site, in the public realm.

About The Artists in Education Program: 
Southern Exposure’s nationally recognized Artists in Education (AIE) program brings together diverse youth, artists, schools and community-based organizations in a dynamic series of innovative programs. AIE offers youth opportunities to learn critical, artistic, vocational, and cultural skills and experiences beyond the traditional school environment. It also offers professional teaching opportunities for local emerging artists to become arts educators, extending their practice into the community. Sparking a dialogue on contemporary artistic practice and sociopolitical issues, AIE demonstrates the role of artists in society and reflects the conceptual thinking from our exhibition programs to provide new means of expression for youth. AIE fills a crucial need in the community by providing positive and creative outlets for local youth.