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Teaching Artists: Neuberger Museum of Art

The Neuberger Museum of Art is expanding our roster of freelance teaching artists who will lead our hands-on workshops for families and in-school programs. Programs take place at the museum, and in school classrooms throughout Westchester and Fairfield counties. Applicants must be available during the school day (8am – 3pm, Monday – Friday) and Saturday afternoons.

Family Programs:
Family Days take place four times a year and offer an open-house style afternoon of celebration and discovery inspired by our exhibitions and artists. Each Family Day features hands-on activities and art explorations led by NMA Teaching Artists, in addition to live music and performances. Family Day activities are designed for participants ages 3 – 10. In June, our Summer Family Festival returns with an open-house style afternoon of multi-media fun. Teaching Artists guide visitors as they experiment with painting, printmaking, camera-less photographs, handmade paper, and more. These drop-in activities are designed for adults and children of all ages.

School Programs:
Writing Through the Arts brings high school English classes together with working artists and writers, and encourages students to discuss art critically, work collaboratively, and write and think creatively. The year-long program involves museum visits, classroom visits, art-making and writing activities, and culminates in an awards ceremony at the Museum.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
– Developing and delivering age-appropriate lesson plans, inspired by NMA exhibitions, in coordination with the NMA Education team.
– Providing arts and gallery-based instruction to participants of varying ages, backgrounds, and experiences
– Presenting to K-12 teachers and providing activities and curricular connections for classroom use
– Contributing to program evaluation; assessing participant learning and evaluating overall program effectiveness
– Submitting program documentation including lesson plans, observations, and photographs of completed projects.

Candidates must have an active, current artistic practice, with demonstrated experience in at least one art discipline (Bachelor’s degree required; MFA preferred), and a minimum of two years’ teaching experience in a museum, gallery, or studio setting.

The ideal candidates will have:
A commitment to creating an inclusive, supportive environment that nurtures young artists
– The ability to design creative, innovative, hands-on art activities inspired by the NMA’s exhibitions of modern and contemporary art for participants of all ages
– Comfort with a range of art-making techniques
– Familiarity with and strong interest in modern and contemporary art
– An ability to work independently and meet deadlines is extremely important
– Knowledge of the NYS Learning Standards and an ability to link them with teaching practice is a huge plus, as is fluency in Spanish
– Classroom management skills

Compensation: $50/hour, which includes teaching and planning time (1 hour planning/prep per class). To apply, please submit a resume which includes both teaching experience and exhibition history. Please include in your cover letter how and why teaching is an important extension of your studio practice, and a short proposal for an art-making activity inspired by the work of Ingrid Burrington, that is appropriate and engaging for ages 3 – 10. Submit application materials to Jessica Gildea, Associate Curator of Education: jessica.gildea(at)purchase.edu. No phone calls, please.


Purchase College is committed to fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students, as well as ensuring equal educational opportunity, employment, and access to service, programs, and activities, without regard to an individual’s race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, or criminal conviction. Employees, students, applicants, or other members of the Purchase community (including vendors, visitors, and guests) may not be subjected to harassment that is prohibited by law or treated adversely or retaliated against based upon a protected characteristic. ​Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. 


Deadline 4/30/2016
Contact Name Jessica Gildea
Contact Email jessica.gildea@purchase.edu