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Lead Teaching Artist

Mural Arts Philadelphia

City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program

The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program unites artists and communities through a collaborative process, rooted in the traditions of mural-making, to create art that transforms public spaces and individual lives. Since its inception in 1984, Mural Arts has created more than 3,000 community driven murals and provided thousands of under-served youth and adults with award-winning arts education programming.

City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program – Lead Teaching Artist for Restorative Practices Youth

The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program’s Art Education Department serves over 1,600 youth annually through free out-of-school time art education programs in neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia.  Our programs provide a creative outlet for some of the city’s most vulnerable youth.

Mural Arts seeks to build safe spaces with and for the youth we serve, and our students' work demonstrates their capacity for thinking deeply and creating fearlessly.  Our programs provide young people between the ages of 10 and 22 year round course of study in the visual arts.  Our curriculum offers students the technical and creative foundation necessary to imagine, design, and create a wide range of individual and public works of art. Whether creating a mural or honing foundational art skills, lessons are designed with both short and long-term goals in mind, incorporating artistic and social history in addition to traditional and emerging art processes. At every turn we encourage our students to reflect on themselves and make a positive difference in the communities in which they work and play while utilizing restorative and trauma-informed care practices. 

The Art Education Department runs four sessions during the year—beginning in September.

In order to best serve the varied needs of our students, the Mural Arts Program’s Art Education Department seeks passionate and creative art educators who are committed to working in partnership with young people. We seek individuals who are excited about mentoring youth, eager to collaborate with fellow artists, and able to work in an energetic environment that demands flexibility, dedication, innovation, adaptability and enthusiasm. The ideal candidate is patient, has the ability to compromise and embraces challenges. 

Lead Teaching Artist Positions

Lead teaching artists work closely with Art Education staff to develop a project-based curriculum.  They inspire and guide students in creating individual works of art, designing indoor murals, experimenting with media, and working alongside professional artists on large scale public art projects.  In addition to maintaining a classroom blog and attendance records as required by Mural Arts and its funders, they mentor an assistant teaching artist.  The position requires attendance at instructor labs, reliable transportation and professional development.  Mural-making experience is preferred but not required.


  • 3-5 years teaching experience; 
  • Knowledge of contemporary art trends and teaching practices
  • Knowledge of art history and art-making techniques;
  • Ability to manage a classroom of 6-10 students;
  • Significant experience working with youth involved in the justice system & middle or high school students;
  • Ability to connect students to opportunities beyond the classroom.
  • Ability to engage youth with multiple learning styles and multiple intelligences;
  • Ability to create lesson plans, organize projects, and conduct research;
  • Ability to mentor, coach and build student motivation.
  • Ability to collaborate with colleagues and site partners.
  • Excellent classroom management skills;
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills necessary for managing paperwork and ongoing communications between program sites and Mural Arts staff;
  • Willingness to work collaboratively and in partnership with parents, program managers, student advocates, and artists;
  • Access to reliable transportation;
  • Availability outside of work hours if needed
  • Familiarity with Photoshop and social media a plus;
  • Up-to-date PA Child Abuse Report, PA Criminal Background Check, and FBI Check upon interview.

Lead Teaching Artist will receive $25 per hour for 25 hours per week.

Education Level: 
Preferably 1-2 years of experience teaching art to youth involved in the justice system & middle or high school.
To Apply

To Apply please forward your resume and art samples to and list "Lead Teaching Assistant" in the subject line by no later than November 25th, 2019

Submission received after to deadline date will not be accepted.