THE INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART/BOSTON

 

Part-Time, Temporary Position

WallTalk Writing Teacher

 


2012–2013 ACADEMIC YEAR
The WallTalk Writing Teacher is a contract, part-time, temporary position

 

Program Overview
WallTalk is a multi-visit program for middle and high school students and a key part of the ICA’s broader effort to engage teens with contemporary art, artists, and the creative process. With multiple visits to the museum and in-school activities led by teaching artists and writers, WallTalk teaches the skills of close observation through guided discussions of ICA exhibitions, helping students make personal connections to works on view. WallTalk enables student self-expression through visual art making, creative writing, and spoken word activities in an engaging and supportive environment. Based on current ICA exhibitions, each WallTalk program consists of several classroom and museum visits in which students use discussion, visual art, writing, and spoken word to observe, question, interpret and respond creatively to contemporary art. The resulting student work is published in book form and featured at The Reading Jam, our finale celebration at the end of the program.

Position Description
The WallTalk Writing Teacher works with students in grades 7 through 12, to engage them with contemporary art through discussion and writing.

Responsibilities

  • Work with ICA Education staff and fellow WallTalk Teaching Artists to develop curriculum for the WT program
  • Attend planning meetings with Education Staff, fellow WT Teaching Artists and classroom teachers
  • Lead students through WallTalk museum visits foregrounding inquiry-based teaching and student dialogue
  • Lead in-class sessions with WallTalk students to develop their own writing projects around ICA exhibitions
  • Assist with the end-of-year Reading Jam
  • Other WallTalk related duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • BA/BFA or MA/MFA in related field (creative writing, literature, education, cultural studies, etc.)
  • Demonstrated knowledge and interest in contemporary art
  • Demonstrated creative writing background and writing portfolio
  • Experience teaching writing to youth
  • Ability to work collaboratively with youth audiences, teachers, and museum staff

 

All final candidates will be CORI checked.

Interested candidates should send a letter of interest, writing sample, and current resume to:
 

Gabrielle Wyrick
Associate Director of Education
gwyrick@icaboston.org

 

 

 

 

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