Lead Teaching Artist
Cincinnati, OH Artist Impact
Job Type
Part-time, Temporary

ArtWorks’ mission is to create community-based public art that creates career opportunities for artists of all ages. As one of the area’s largest employers of visual artists, our focus is on employing youth and creative professionals to collectively produce award-winning public works while developing their skills in: leadership, critical thinking, problem solving, communication, creativity, innovation, collaboration, and goal setting. Teaching staff work side-by-side youth Apprentices ages 14-21 creating positive environments that foster youth’s interests, relationship development, and growth mindset.

Job Title: Lead Teaching Artist (ages 24+)

Location: Greater Cincinnati, OH; location dependent on specific project

Reports to: Project Manager

Pay: $33.71 per hour


Spring program, April – June 2024

•Orientation Dates: 3/18/24 – 3/21/24

Summer program, June – August 2024

•Orientation Dates: 5/20/24 – 5/23/24

Most projects will last 8-10 weeks. Length of projects may vary from project to project. Details will be discussed in the interview process. 


Spring program hours are generally Monday – Thursday, 4-8pm and Saturday, 11am-3pm.

Summer program hours are generally Monday – Thursday, 8:30am-2:30pm. 

Our budget allows for an additional 10 hours per week, which we expect LTAs to use for project management beyond execution.

Application deadline:

•Spring deadline: February 16, 2024

•Summer deadline: March 30, 2024


•BFA, graduate degree, or commensurate experience in the arts and education
•Must be detail-oriented and have excellent organizational, communication, and decision-making skills
•Must demonstrate proactive leadership with ability to take initiative, balance priorities, and meet deadlines
•Must have the ability to motivate diverse teams, and teach to varying degrees of artistic knowledge and ability
•Must be at least 24 years old


Project Management (project execution, logistics, group expectations)
•Manage expectations set by ArtWorks and Lead Teaching Artist; adhere to ArtWorks procedures and safety protocols, take on additional responsibilities as needed to ensure the safety of the team and worksite and project execution
•Help complete project goals, achieving excellent results both in artwork quality and youth Apprentice experience
•Work with fellow staff to maintain clean workspace and equipment, as well as help conduct final cleanup and inventory all supplies
•Assist fellow Teaching Artists in leading small groups of youth Apprentices to execute the project

Mural Requirements
•Ability to instruct others how to properly mix paint colors and demonstrate application techniques
•Ability to break down the mural process effectively for leading a team

Professional Development
•Attend all required orientations and trainings including Red Cross certification and safety training
•Come with a curiosity to learn, develop, and grow
•Participate in workshops through discussion, discovery, and utilize resources throughout projects to problem solve, develop team rapport, grow teaching skills
•Interest in developing professional skills through skill-building, networking, and career-minded workshops

Youth Development
•Share technical and professional skills with youth Apprentices and act as a role model/mentor
•Collaborate with Lead Teaching Artist in coordinating and establishing group working norms, and aide in the development of    ensuring positive and collaborative team dynamics

The successful candidate will:
•Be a good listener and have a positive attitude
•Be an empathetic team-player, and able to create a safe and supportive workplace
•Be open to feedback, learning opportunities, and self-growth
•Be detail-oriented in a fast-paced environment with frequent deadlines
Mural Requirements (many of our projects are large-scale murals, and there are specific requirements for working on these types of projects):
•Ability to instruct others how to properly mix paint colors and demonstrate application techniques
•Ability to break down the mural process effectively for leading a team

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