Lead Teaching Artist

Job Type

Part Time



Application Deadline



1729 Mount Vernon St
United States


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.

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 a year-long 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. 


The Art Education Department is seeking a Lead Teaching Artist for our Restorative Practices Youth program. There are (4) six week sessions per year with 1-2 weeks of included professional development at the end of each session. https://www.muralarts.org/program/art-education/rjyouth/


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, and enthusiasm.


Lead Teaching Artist Position

Lead teaching artists work closely with Art Education staff to develop an art-based curriculum. They inspire and guide students in creating individual works of art, designing murals, experimenting with media, and working alongside other professional artists on large scale public art projects. In addition to assisting with recruitment and maintaining a classroom blog and attendance records as required by Mural Arts and its funders, they mentor an assistant teaching artist. The position is 25 hours a week and requires attendance at regularly scheduled meetings, reliable transportation and professional development. Mural-making experience is preferred but not required.



  • 3-5 years teaching experience; 
  • Knowledge of art history and art-making techniques;
  • 2-3 years’ experience with Trauma Informed Care and Restorative Practices;
  • Ability to manage a classroom of 10-15 students;
  • Significant experience working with Philadelphia youth in middle and/or high school;
  • Ability to work in multiple settings with respect and humility, ie: Non-English dominant spaces, Queer and LGBTQ spaces, cultural and spiritual spaces and navigating gender assigned spaces.
  • Ability to engage youth with multiple learning styles and varying artistic abilities;
  • Ability to conduct research, create lesson plans, organize projects, and facilitate annual student exhibition;
  • 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;
  • Familiarity with digital media and social media a plus;
  • Up-to-date PA Child Abuse Report, PA Criminal Background Check, and FBI Check upon interview.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply


Please provide cover letter with resume and references by Monday, November 9th 2018 to arted.resumes@muralarts.org. Please include your minimum salary requirement.

For further information on Mural Arts Philadelphia, please visit www.muralarts.org.