A teaching artist discusses graffiti with a group of teachers.Arts Ed Collaborative seeks six teaching artists

Arts Ed Collaborative (AEC) seeks six teaching artists (TAs) to co-develop a viable program model enabling TAs to work as substitute teachers. These substitutes will work in local schools and teach arts integrated lessons. Selected TAs will co-create this work with AEC staff. This effort is supported by the Grable Foundation’s Tomorrow Campaign and addresses three regional challenges:

  1. Insufficient and inequitable access to arts learning opportunities with artists during the school day
  2. A substitute teacher shortage
  3. Instability within the teaching artist profession

About this position

  • Temporary, part-time, independent contractor position
  • Approximately 15 hours/month January-April 2021
  • Compensation is $2,000 stipend per teaching artist


  • Attend six project meetings with AEC staff to shape the work, share updates, and receive assignments
  • Follow through on assignment between scheduled meetings
  • Share information with the project team via meeting report backs and using shared documents (e.g., Google Drive)
  • Update progress on tasks and maintain communications with the AEC team
  • Connect with school district personnel to learn about their substitute teacher policies, rate of pay, and requirements for employment (e.g., education, credentials, clearances etc.)
  • Help draft questions for youth and educator focus groups and/or surveys intended to measure interest in arts integration learning opportunities
  • Provide feedback on a playbook for this substitute teacher initiative
  • Promote the project when it is ready to launch with at least ten other TAs

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Working in groups and collaborating with diverse team members to achieve results
  • At least two years of experience providing arts experiences for youth in a school setting
  • Experience with and/or motivated by communicating with school- and district-level administrators
  • Knowledge of culturally responsive/sustaining pedagogy and practices
  • Knowledge of and experience with arts integration practices preferred
  • Phone, Zoom, and email communication skills
  • Ease using Microsoft Office Suite, Google Drive, Zoom
  • All PA state clearances

The application period for this initiative is now closed. Thanks to the many teaching artists who responded to this call and expressed interest in supporting this work!

School district friends, you’ll find more info about this initiative on our one-pager.