Mission Voices Summer Teaching Artists

  • Teaching Opportunity

Mission Voices Summer Teaching Artists


Position Posting Date: April 19, 2021
Deadline to submit application EXTENDED: Monday, May 24, 2021 at 9:00AM
Projected Class Prep Work Dates:  June 8 – July 31 (Up to 22 hours, Dates/Times TBD)
Class Work Dates: July 5 - July 29 (30 Class Time Hours, Dates/Times TBD. Classes meet M-Th 2:00-5:00 PM)

Compensation: Lead Teaching Artists will receive $30/hour. This is a contract position, and is not eligible for benefits.


Southern Exposure (SoEx) is an artist-centered non-profit organization 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 online through video chat, collaborative software and printed matter.



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 20-40 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 29, 2021, Monday through Thursday, 2:00 – 5:00 PM. Each Lead artist will alternate teaching duties during online workshops and hold critique/discussion sessions during the week of July 26. Each teaching artist will work a total of 40 hours over the course of the program which includes weekly meetings. The program culminates in a final exhibition presented to the public at Southern Exposure opening August 12.  


  • Design workshop curriculum with components that will be distributed to students
  • Attend MVS trainings and curriculum planning meetings on various days 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
  • Exhibition design
  • 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, 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.