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Teaching Artist for “Young Audiences New York” (YANY)

Young Audiences New York

Category: Teacher

Label Info
Type Paid
Location New York, NY
Start December 1, 2023
Compensation Starting instructional rate of $75/hour.

Job Description

Young Audiences New York (YANY) is actively seeking practicing artists with experience working with young people (K-12) for in-person, part-time contractual teaching positions at public schools and community-based organizations throughout New York City. We are looking for artists who specialize in one (or more) of the following artistic disciplines:

Dance: African, Ballet, Contemporary, Creative Movement, Hip Hop, Jazz, Latin, Modern, Step, Tap
Digital Media: Animation, Architecture & Design, Filmmaking, Graphic Design, Photography
Music: Band, Drums/Percussion, Guitar, Keyboard/Piano, Vocals
Theater: Acting, Improv, Musical Theater, Puppetry, Storytelling
Visual Arts: Drawing, Fashion Design, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, Textiles

YANY’s Teaching Artists (TAs) provide exceptional arts education instruction to students by designing and facilitating multi-session arts residencies working in partnership with classroom teachers and school administrators to customize arts education curricula to meet the needs of the diverse student populations we serve. TAs demonstrate equal mastery in their art form and in educational practice by designing developmentally appropriate arts residencies that cultivate students into lifelong learners and appreciators of art. Teaching Artists report to YANY’s program staff.

Role and Responsibilities:

- Design and lead engaging, developmentally appropriate and culturally responsive arts residencies for young people
- Attend planning meetings with partner schools and draft customized curriculum for each residency
- Work in partnership with teachers and school administrators to plan culminating events
- Sustain regular, thorough, timely, and professional communications with YANY staff
- Submit curriculum, photos, reflections, and any other required documents in a timely fashion
- Generate and submit supply orders for residencies from approved list of YANY vendors
- Enter biweekly timesheets
- Attend meetings, trainings, professional development workshops, and other program events as requested by program staff


- Enjoys working with children and is passionate about their artistic development
- Demonstrates a commitment to being a reflective practitioner
- Brings creativity, flexibility, and joy to collaboration with students, schools, and YANY staff
- Experience designing innovative lesson plans that align curricula with educational standards (including NYC Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts)
- Ability to stage performances or mount exhibitions within 12 sessions
- Experience meeting programming and administrative deadlines
- Effective time management and organizational skills
- Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to interact authentically with diverse populations
- Understands classroom management as successful student engagement and has experience implementing effective strategies, experience with Social-Emotional Learning practices a plus


- Bachelor’s Degree or proven experience working in K-12 settings
- Demonstrated expertise in an arts discipline through educational and professional accomplishments
- At least 2 years’ experience teaching art to young people
- In-school and after-school availability, with a minimum availability of 2 full days per week
- DOE fingerprinting and background clearance (pre-employment)
- Willingness to travel to schools across the 5 boroughs, particularly the Bronx and Queens
- Bilingual Spanish a plus, but not required

How to Apply

Please submit your resume and cover letter to [email protected] with the subject line “Teaching Artist Application” for consideration. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but priority will be given to those received by November 10, 2023.

Founded in 1952, YANY’s mission is to inspire, engage, and unite children and communities through education, culture, and the arts. We believe art can be a catalyst to create equity and opportunity for NYC’s youth, their families, and communities.

Applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences are encouraged to apply. YANY provides equal employment opportunities to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.