Teaching Artist: Contemporary Classrooms

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Teaching Artist: Contemporary Classrooms

Southern Exposure seeks a part-time contract Teaching Artist for our in-school workshop series, Contemporary Classrooms

Deadline to apply: Friday, November 10, 2017, by 5:00 PM

Contemporary Classrooms is an ongoing series of workshops that take place in SFUSD high school classrooms, formulated in collaboration with an exhibiting SoEx artist or project. The spring 2018 workshop series will respond to a concurrent exhibition at Southern Exposure of works by our Youth Advisory Board reflecting on the effects of climate change in San Francisco through the lens of science fiction. Serving teachers and youth from 10 local high schools, the workshops will use the concept of “science fiction based on science fact” as a starting point for high school students to confront the effects of climate change with their own ideas. Contemporary Classroom participants will be encouraged to attend the exhibition and programming events in the spring of 2018.

About the Job: The Teaching Artist, in collaboration with the AIE Program Director and the Exhibitions Program Director, will develop a 2-3 part workshop series to be taught in high school classrooms. The workshop’s theme will derive from SoEx’s spring project, and will actively engage high school youth participants in the conceptual process of art-making and thinking through ideas. The Teaching Artist will be responsible for teaching these one-hour workshops in local high school classrooms.


  • A practicing visual artist, with experience in community based art projects including but not limited to: installation, site-specific work, social practices, video, and other forms of visual art
  • Teaching experience with youth ages 14-18
  • Experience developing arts based curriculum with an emphasis on collaboration
  • Good communication skills
  • Experience working collaboratively
  • Flexible schedule
  • Familiarity with the high school classroom environment

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with the AIE Program Director and Projects & Exhibitions Program Director to design and implement workshops and curriculum for youth participants
  • Lead one-hour workshops at local high schools
  • Gather materials and resources for workshops
  • Coordinate effectively with classroom and school staff

Time Commitment: The Teaching Artist is responsible for leading three workshops a week beginning in mid-January and continuing until May 2018. Schedule can be flexible.

To Apply: Submit the following materials as a single PDF attachment to Maya Gomez, AIE Program Director, at [email protected]:

  • A cover letter clearly stating why you want to be a Contemporary Classroom Teaching Artist as well as your relevant teaching experience, and describing your artistic practice.
  • Your Resume
  • Work Samples:
    • Up to 15 digital images hosted online (please include a link for viewing to flickr, personal website, or any appropriate image hosting website).
    • No more than five minutes of video hosted online (please include a link for viewing to Vimeo, Youtube, your own website, or any applicable video hosting domain).
    • Please include a descriptive list explaining each sample and include links. Projects and work developed with youth are encouraged!
  • Workshop Proposal: A one-page lesson plan that outlines a hypothetical classroom workshop for a past Southern Exposure exhibition. (It is strongly recommended that artists review past SoEx Exhibitions and AIE projects before applying).

In accordance with Southern Exposure's commitment to further cultural equity within the organization, we engage in proactive employment practices to increase opportunities for individuals from communities historically underrepresented in the arts.

Download the full job description, qualifications and application requirements.

If you have any questions about the opportunity, please contact Maya Gomez at [email protected].