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Teaching Artist Opportunities (Free Training for In-School Programs)

Job Description:

The Education Department of The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College (The PAC) is the major arts education provider in the Southeastern New York-Southwestern Connecticut region, providing high quality educational encounters that strive to ignite a passion for the arts through a live School Time Performance Series, In-School Residency programs, and Professional Development events for teachers and teaching artists.

This fall The PAC is launching a Teaching Artist Development program that will lead to the creation of a Teaching Artist roster of skilled practitioners able to deliver in-school, pre-performance residency programs that link our presentation series to specific curriculum goals.

We are presently recruiting for Teaching Artists asindependent contractor positions to join our roster. To assist in developing the roster, The PAC is partnering with The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. to host two Teaching Artist Development Seminars that will provide a methodological grounding for this future work.

Position Summary:

The PAC is looking for teaching artists with expertise in specific performing/visual arts disciplines who are able to integrate content present in our School Time Performance series into their work. Residency sessions will take place during the school day at schools of all types across the Westchester, Fairfield, Rockland region and beyond. The Center’s in-school programs are meant to introduce Pre-K through 12 graders to the performing arts by linking presentations in our School Time series with integrated residencies that help students reach curriculum goals through arts learning.


All PAC teaching artists MUST have completed the two full days of pre-recruitment training at The Performing Arts Center presented and developed by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts entitled The Artists as Educators Seminars. Hosted by The Center, these seminars will take place between 8.30am – 5 pm on the following days:

Kennedy Center’s Artists as Educators Seminars:
Laying a Foundation: Defining Arts Integration – Friday, October 10, 2014
Anatomy of a Lesson Plan: Designing Instruction – Saturday, October 11, 2014

Teaching artist candidates who have successfully completed this free training will be invited to audition to join our new Teaching Artist Roster. If successful, the Teaching Artist will begin working for The Center as an independent contractor later in the current season.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Design Lesson plans that link artistic practice and/or content within The Center’s School Time performance series to developmentally appropriate classroom goals.
  • Implement the program in approx. 45-min classroom sessions in our partner schools.
  • Share lesson plans and collaborate with The PAC staff, classroom teachers, and school administration.
  • Communicate with The PAC and school staff regarding all aspects of the program.
  • Participate in meetings and trainings hosted by The PAC.
  • Travel to and work in all types of schools across the region.


  • Bachelor’s degree in the arts or arts-related field.
  • Professional experience in a performing or visual art form.
  • Experience of teaching in urban or suburban schools preferred.
  • Willingness to travel and teach in various school settings in the region.
  • Must be willing to attend meetings and complete paperwork in addition to teaching classes.
  • Sense of humor, flexibility, and positive attitude a plus.

How to apply

Please email a letter of interest and résumé to Ian Driver, Education Manager at ian.driver@purchase.edu (be sure to note the job title in the subject line of the email).


Deadline 10/10/2014
Contact Name Ian Driver, Education Manager
Contact Email ian.driver@purchase.edu
Website https://www.nyfa.org/Classifieds/Job/33304860-3296-497b-8c8d-34825d78904b