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Teaching Artist
The Skirball Cultural Center and Museum

Los Angeles, CA

The Skirball Cultural Center seeks proposals from teaching artists to facilitate workshops with K-12 classroom teachers.

ABOUT The Skirball Cultural Center and Museum

The Skirball Cultural Center provides visitors with opportunities and programs that celebrate discovery and hope, foster human connections, and call upon us to help build a more just society. In line with the Skirball’s mission, Teaching Our World Through The Arts is a professional development program that prepares K-Grade 12 teachers to integrate the arts into core curriculum in order to build students’ creative, collaborative, and critical-thinking skills. The course is divided into four strands, each strand connecting to different arts media and techniques. A single strand consists of four full Saturdays of training with different teaching artists presenting each Saturday.


Teaching Artists are hired to facilitate innovative and inspiring arts-based experiences for teachers that bring together a specific art form, core curricular content, and social activism. The teaching artist will:

  • Work closely with the Associate Educator for Teacher Programs, who co-facilitates workshops and provides support in lesson plan development, instruction, and organizing supplies.
  • Develop a syllabus and lesson plan for a single 2 to 4-hour workshop session that does one or more of the following: 1) Provide teachers with tools to build community in the classroom; 2) Demonstrate successful arts-integration using the art form addressed in the chosen strand; 3) Offer teachers methods for engaging students in social justice and activism through the arts.
  • Meet deadlines for submission of materials.
  • Attend one planning meeting at the Skirball prior to the workshop session date. 
  • Facilitate a single 2 to 4 hour workshop session on a designated date.


The qualified candidate will have professional experience relevant to the art form for the selected strand, and at least two years previous teaching experience (experience working with classroom teachers preferred). A successful candidate will be organized and communicative; flexible and able to adapt lesson plans based on feedback; passionate and inspiring with respect to their chosen art form.

STRAND 1: VISUAL ART AND PHOTOGRAPHY, October 7, 13, 21, 28, 2017


In conjunction with the exhibitions Another Promised Land: Anita Brenner’s Mexico and Surface Tension: Murals, Signs, and Mark‐Making in L.A. by Ken Gonzales-Day, explore visual art as storytelling and learn art-making techniques that help students connect to their personal and cultural histories.

STRAND 2: THEATER AND FILM, January 20, 27 and February 3, 10, 2018


Work directly with theater and film artists to learn performance and media-based teaching strategies that bring content to life, cultivate community, and build collaborative skills.                                          

STRAND 3: MOVEMENT AND DANCE, February 24 and March 3, 10, 17, 2018


Learn exciting and accessible strategies that use embodiment to involve students in the learning process and support creativity, self-expression, empathy, and collaboration.

STRAND 4: WORDS AND MUSIC, April 14, 21, 28 and May 5, 2018


In conjunction with the Skirball’s exhibition Leonard Bernstein at 100, musicians and performance poets model how to incorporate music and rhythm into the curriculum to activate student learning and inspire social change.  


Please submit:

  • Cover letter outlining which strand you are applying for, your experience teaching in a classroom setting, personal art practice, and resonance with the goals of Teaching Our World Through The Arts.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Documentation of teaching (1 sample curriculum piece/lesson plan)
  • A description of your proposed workshop that specifies the objectives and participant outcomes, a full outline of events providing detailed descriptions of each activity, and possible K-12 content connections.
  • List of date(s) available to teach in that strand. (Please note the strand dates and deadlines above.)

Please email application to Megan Nevels, Associate Educator of Teacher Programs, at, with subject line: TOWTA Application (+Strand #)

Contact:Megan Nevels

Deadline: 06-01-2017

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