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Invitation for Applications: Teaching Artists


Brooklyn Arts Council’s Arts in Education invites dynamic, experienced and creative Teaching Artists for after-school and in-school residencies in New York City public and private schools, Kindergarten through high school. BAC employs Teaching Artists that work in (but not limited to) the following disciplines:  

•Visual Arts – Mural, Painting, Sculpture, Air-Dry Clay Techniques, Collage, etc.
•Digital Media - Animation, Photography, Website Design, etc.
•Theatre - Puppetry, Playwriting, Devising, etc.
•Vocal Music - Chorus, Musical Theatre, etc.
•Instrumental Music - Beginning Instruments, African Drumming, Rock band, etc.
•Dance - Hip Hop, Jazz/ contemporary, International/Folk genres, etc.
•Literary - Storytelling, Graphic Novels, Poetry, etc. 

Each site-specific residency is unique and developed to meet the needs of the individual school. Residencies generally range in length from 12-16 weeks (with the bulk of residencies occurring in Spring), and are carefully planned by BAC Arts in Education, the partner school, and Teaching Artist. 

Through our residencies, BAC provides and promotes quality arts education programs that:

•Foster creativity and imagination
•Expand verbal and non-verbal communication skills
•Enhance capacities for critical thinking and problem-solving skills
•Fortify social-emotional skills 



Teaching Artists in the following disciplines are particularly encouraged to apply: hip-hop dance, digital media, vocal and/or instrumental music, and puppetry.

Teaching Artist Responsibilities Include:

•Designing and executing an age-appropriate, project-based arts curriculum.
•Preparing for and producing culminating presentations at assigned site(s).
•Collaborating effectively with coworkers, and communicating regularly with supervisory staff.
•Submitting complete lessons plans, timesheets, reports and other vital administrative documentation in a timely manner.

BAC selects Teaching Artists who embody the following qualities:

•Artistic Excellence, including quality and scope of professional artistic work, and depth of knowledge within an artistic discipline.
•Engaging Teaching, especially incorporating the creative process, reaching students across diverse developmental levels, yielding quality student work, strong understanding of arts learning standards, and substantial experience in NYC public school classrooms or working with urban youth, including strong classroom management skills.
•Professionalism, including abilities to plan with others, to articulate goals and objectives, and to adapt to varying student populations and school environments.


The BAC Teaching Artist pay scale is based on experience and expertise. Our Teaching Artists, on average, earn $50/hour. Teaching Artists are also paid for planning time, and BAC covers the cost of supplies.

To Apply

All applicants must apply using BAC’s online application, found here, on our Submittable. Applicants selected for an interview will be contacted by a staff member. Questions may be directed to 718-625-0080 x231.

BAC’s website is

BAC is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and strives to build a staff and board that reflect the cultural diversity of New York, the constituencies and neighborhoods BAC serves.