Mission Voices Summer Teaching Artists

  • Teaching Opportunity

Mission Voices Summer Teaching Artists



Position Posting Date: May 7, 2020
Deadline to submit application: Friday, May 29, 2020
Projected Class Prep Work Dates:  June 8 – July 31 (Up to 25 hours, Dates/Times TBD)
Class Work Dates: July 6 - July 30 (15 Class Time Hours, Dates/Times TBD. Classes meet M-Th 2:00-5:00 PM)
Compensation: The Lead Teaching Artists will receive $30/hour. This is a contract position, and is not eligible for benefits.


MVS provides students in the Bay Area ages 14-21 with a visual art space to explore issues relevant to them and their community, exercise leadership skills, and utilize art as a tool for social change. 


Three Lead Teaching Artists will work with Southern Exposure’s Artists in Education Program Coordinator to collaborate with and teach approximately 30 youth in a series of online workshops to produce visual arts projects based on a socially relevant theme. The program runs for 4 weeks: July 6 – July 30, 2020, Monday through Thursday, 2:00 – 5:00 PM. Each Lead artist will teach a week-long online workshop and hold one critique/discussion session during the week of July 27.  The program culminates in a final project presented to the public on the AIE youth arts website.  


  • Design workshop curriculum with components that will be printed and distributed to students
  • Attend MVS trainings and curriculum planning meetings June 8 - July 1, exact times and dates TBD
  • Attend weekly planning sessions and post-project evaluation meetings
  • Gather materials and resources for projects
  • Lead the daily workshops in collaboration with Teaching Artist Interns
  • Update AIE Program Coordinator about progress, achievements, and challenges
  • Prepare project for final exhibition


  • A practicing visual artist with experience in community-based art projects including but not limited to: social practices, photography, video, painting, drawing, sculpture,  and other forms of visual art 
  • Teaching experience with diverse community youth ages 14-21
  • Experience developing arts-based curriculum with an emphasis on collaboration
  • Good communication skills and experience working collaboratively
  • Experience working with online video chat and communication platforms such as Zoom and Slack
  • Spanish and/or Chinese language proficiency a plus


Teaching Artists collaboratively propose a socially relevant theme, develop workshops that address that theme, and produce an exhibition at Southern Exposure. Each lead Teaching Artist is responsible for writing a curriculum for their workshops, including goals and objectives of the lessons, proposed outcomes, skills learned, activities, materials needed, themes covered, field trips, etc.


Interested candidates should submit work samples and a single PDF attachment that includes the following:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Curriculum Proposal: Please submit a 1-page proposal that outlines a possible project for Mission Voices Summer with a specific medium focus (photography, videography, sculpture, installation, painting, sound, digital media, printmaking, etc). Include an outline of possible curriculum structure, thematic ideas explored, and how to engage with students online in their process. Please consider past projects at Southern Exposure as examples (through both the Artists in Education and Projects & Exhibitions programs).
  • Links to work samples:
    • 5 to 10 digital images hosted online
    • No more than five minutes of video hosted online
    • Projects and work developed with youth are highly encouraged!
  • Descriptive list explaining each sample

Please submit applications to Simon Tran at [email protected]. The subject line of your email should be: MVS Teaching Artist, your name.

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